Alberta-based Inuvialuk artist Kablusiak has been named to the 2019 Sobey Award longlist, Canada’s most prestigious award for young artists. They are the first Inuvialuk artist nominated for the prize and are included as part of the Prairies & North catchment.
Renowned Iglulik-based sculptor Bart Hanna Kappianaq unveiled a high relief, sculptural tympanum titled Sedna with Friends (2019), featuring the central figure of Sedna surrounded by a walrus, whale and narwhal on the rippling Arctic waters, at the Canadian Parliament Complex in Ottawa, ON coinciding with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Nunavut.
Inuit musicians Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser, PIQSIQ, Iva and more have boycotted the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns of cultural appropriation in the work of Edmonton-based nominee Cikwes, who incorporates throat singing within her work.
The Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit, NU, the Territory’s only museum, announced recently that Jessica Kotierk has been hired as the Manager and Curator.
Ottawa-based artist and curator Jocelyn Piirainen has joined the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba as the inaugural Assistant Curator of Inuit Art. Piirainen is the first Inuk in Canada to hold a lead curatorial position at a provincial museum and will be involved with both curating Inuit art as well as working alongside the WAG education teams.
Included as part of this year’s Nuit Blanche in Montreal, QC, the a multimedia installation piece “Memory Keepers /Gardiens des mémoires” by Jesse Tungilik, Jason Sikoak, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Darcie Bernhardt, Tom McLeod, Glenn Gear and Caroline Monnet took over the FOFA Gallery courtyard at Concordia University to explore themes of memory, tradition and urban life.
Accompanying the historic apology from the federal government for the treatment of Inuit across Inuit Nunangat evacuated from their communities in the North during the mid-twentieth century for tuberculosis treatment, we revisit the carvings produced during patient stays in southern sanitariums that provide an invaluable record of this chapter of Canadian history in stone.
Over 750 contemporary sculptures, 120 works on paper and 25 examples of historical material by Inuit artists from across the North were donated to the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC by the estate of Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess.
The Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU graphic artist is the first Inuk recipient of the prestigious $50,000 prize and solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Barry Pottle, Katherine Takpannie and Annie Pootoogook (1961-2016) are among the artists included in the City of Ottawa Art Collection’s recent acquisition. The four photographs by Pottle, three drawings by Pootoogook and three images by Takpannie purchased will be featured the exhibition Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection at the City Hall Art Gallery from December 6, 2018 to January 30, 2019.