Running from October 17 to 21 in Toronto, ON, this edition annual all-Indigenous imagineNATIVE festival includes feature length films by familiar faces such as Lucy Tulugarjuk and Zacharias Kunuk alongside VR, digital works and exhibitions by artists and filmmakers from Sápmi to Greenland. From fantasy and adventure to experimental film, music video and documentaries, we’ve rounded up the best offerings from the Circumpolar North across the five-day festival.
The 34 piece 59th annual Cape Dorset Print Collection has been released by Dorset Fine Arts and Kinngait Studios in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, featuring prints by Saimaiyu Akesuk, Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Malaija Pootoogook, Cee Pootoogook, Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Pitaloosie Saila, Axangayuk Shaa, Padloo Samayualie, Ningiukulu Teevee and Papiara Tukiki.
Following the announcement that Isuma will represent Canada at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) has confirmed that, for the first time in the Canada Pavilion’s history, the project will be curated by a team composed of Asinnajaq, Catherine Crowston, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Barbara Fischer and Candice Hopkins.
The Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal in Montreal, QC has deepened its promotion of Inuit art and culture with a recent acquisition of work by Kuujjuaq-born, Montreal-based Niap (Nancy Saunders) as well as the announcement of a new partnership with the Avataq Cultural Institute.
The $10.2 million-dollar Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in Kinngait (Cape Dorest), NU opened its doors on September 5, 2018 with a series of celebrations and exhibitions.
The Grizzlies, a film based on the all-Inuit team of the same name, will have its worldwide premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival this fall.
Last week, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, announced that the construction of the new Iqaluit Community Day Care is underway in Iqaluit, NU and will prominently feature commissioned works by Nunavut artists Lavinia Van Heuvelen, Looty Pijamini, Izalasie Kopalie and Barry Phillip as part of the centre’s Art Integration program.
On Monday July 9, 2018, in conjunction with Nunavut Day celebrations, Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan, announced that Iglulik (Igloolik)-based sculptor Bart Hanna Kappianaq has been selected to install a new work in Centre Block, the main building of the Canadian parliament complex on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
For the first time since 2011, the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts in Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), NU, unveiled a new print collection at a launch event on July 8, 2018 as part of the Nunavut Arts Festival in Iqaluit, NU.