The Inuit Art Foundation is excited to congratulate artist Michael Massie and artist and founding member of Qaggiavuut! Ellen Hamilton, for their recent appointments to the Order of Canada. Massie was made a Member to the Order for his work as a sculptor and silversmith and Hamilton for her promotion of Inuit arts and culture, as well as her support of Arctic performers and artists.
In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the Canadian Museum of Nature opens the new, permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery today. A highlight of the new space is Ilurqusivut (Our Ways), a large-scale mural created by Inuk artist Nancy Saunders, aka Niap. Saunders is the winner of a juried competition sponsored by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for the new space. The contest called on artists to submit work that produces an anamorphorsis effect—an optical illusion that makes a two-dimensional work appear three-dimensional. Saunders’ work reflects her mix of urban street art and traditional Inuit subject matter and features colourful, geometric shapes and graphics overlaid with narrative imagery.
iToday the Bank of Canada will enter into circulation 40 million commemorative $10 banknotes celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Notably, and for the first time, a Canadian banknote features a work of Inuit art, Kenojuak Ashevak’s, OC, RCA (1927–2013) Owl’s Bouquet (2007). Read More
Montreal-based copyright collective SODRAC (The Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada) invited former Inuit Art Foundation President Mattiusi Iyaituk to present at the International Conference on Artist’s Resale Right, hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 28, 2017. The roundtables, co-organized by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, brought together artists from around the world to discuss copyright and artist resale rights. Read More
Since its founding in 2008, Qaggiavuut! has advocated for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre. Now, after eight years of annual consultations, the not-for-profit organization is preparing to launch an international fundraising campaign to make it a reality. On July 1— 50 years after Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau presided over the building of the National Arts Centre—Qaggiavuut! will begin pursuing financial support for a dedicated performance space for the region. Read More
Inuit Art Quarterly Editor Britt Gallpen has been recognized as Editor Grand Prix, Honourable Mention at the 2017 Magazine Grands Prix. The award is one of the two top honours of the awards program and “recognizes excellence, leadership and mentorship in magazine editing, and is awarded annually to one individual for their achievements at the nominating magazine in the previous calendar year.” The inaugural Editor Grand Prix was awarded to Carole Beaulieu for her work at L’actualité.
The Hnatyshyn Foundation announced today the laureates of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards at a ceremony in Ottawa. These one time awards were created to honour emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional and contemporary visual arts, media arts, film, fine craft, music, literature, storytelling, theatre and dance who have shown exceptional leadership in both their home communities and on the world stage. Read More
The Inuit Art Quarterly has been shortlisted for Best Magazine, Literature and Art in the 2017 Canadian Magazine Awards.
The nomination, announced March 30, 2017, recognizes excellence in publishing in the arts and literature, including poetry. This is the inaugural year for the Canadian Magazine Awards presented by Magazines Canada. This is also the IAQ’s first nomination for a ‘Best Magazine’ award in its thirty year history. Read More
The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) announced earlier in March that significant progress has been made on the Inuit Film and Video Archives (IFVA), which was established to preserve and make accessible the significant collection of historic video and film that the IBC holds. The IBC produces award winning television programming by Inuit, for Inuit, supporting and celebrating Inuit cultural identity and practices. The IBC has collected over 40 years of film that includes an estimated 9000 hours of footage, which the IFVA archivists are working to digitally preserve, make accessible and physically protect. The process of digitization began a few years ago with some tapes being sent to Ottawa to be converted and others remaining in Nunavut. Digitization is costly and time-consuming but is important to preserving the legacy and impact of the IBC.