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Inuit storytelling comes to #tiff next month! Filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk is bringing his award-winning animated short film “Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice,” which features major names like Beatrice Deer and Lucy Tulugarjuk, to this year’s festival. Get the full story at #IAQOnline. 📸 still from “Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice” (detail) (2021) Courtesy Isuma Distribution International #InuitArt #InuitArtist #zachariaskunuk #film #Filmmaker #filmmaking #tiff #TorontoInternationalFilmFestival #MeganKyakMonteith #LucyTulugarjuk #MadelieveIvalu #JackyQrunnut #BeatriceDeer #AnnecyInternationalAnimationFilmFestival #AngakusajaujuqTheShamansApprentice #shortfilm #stopmotion #animation #Inuitculture #isuma @isumatv @beatricedeerband @mk.monteith @tiff_net #TIFF21 @taqqutproductions @taqqut #KingulliitProductions

Want to get up-close and personal with Couzyn van Heuvelen, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award?
 
In a one-on-one interview with the sculptor and installation artist, we find out how van Heuvelen got his start in the field, the themes he explores in his work and more.

See the interview at

Want to get up-close and personal with Couzyn van Heuvelen, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award? In a one-on-one interview with the sculptor and installation artist, we find out how van Heuvelen got his start in the field, the themes he explores in his work and more. See the interview at #IAQOnline. 📸Couzyn van Heuvelen Courtesy the artist #InuitArt #CouzynVanHeuvelen @qajaaqjuaq #kenojuakashevakmemorialaward #kama #Kama2021 #KenojuakAshevak #Inuitculture #artaward #CanadianArtsAward #InuitArtAward #artprize #IndigenousArtAward #artfunding #Kablusiak #EldredAllen #TarralikDuffy #PublicArt #Sculpture #installationart

 
🚨 To all those with a love for transformation: we want you to write for the Breakup issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly, coming Spring 2022!🚨

From now until September 20th, we’re looking for submissions that explore ideas of transition and change in art, as is experienced by Inuit communities during the spring ice breakup and the movement into warmer months. From Inuit artists breaking the mold and embracing new techniques, to new artistic models and pieces about life cycles and the return of spring, we want you to delve into stories of shifting and regeneration. 
Read the full call for papers at

🚨 To all those with a love for transformation: we want you to write for the Breakup issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly, coming Spring 2022!🚨 From now until September 20th, we’re looking for submissions that explore ideas of transition and change in art, as is experienced by Inuit communities during the spring ice breakup and the movement into warmer months. From Inuit artists breaking the mold and embracing new techniques, to new artistic models and pieces about life cycles and the return of spring, we want you to delve into stories of shifting and regeneration. Read the full call for papers at #IAQOnline and submit your pitches to [email protected] today! 📷 Helen Kalvak “The Land of Ice and Snow” (1970) Courtesy IAF #HelenKalvak #InuitArt #InuitWriting #callforsubmissions #callforpitches #writerscall #InuitArtQuarterly #artandculture #CanadianMagazine #ArtsMagazine #InuitArtMagazine #CallForAuthors #callforwriters #breakup #springbreakup #seaicechanges #melt #spring #transportation #climatechange #warmth #Thaw #cyclesoflife

Mixing up the spectrum is today’s Artist Spotlight Michelle R. Baikie of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. Baikie is an artist, educator and researcher whose photographs transform images of the land and cultural activities into something new and surreal through her digital edits. Her work has been captured in a book produced by Baikie, find out more at her

Mixing up the spectrum is today’s Artist Spotlight Michelle R. Baikie of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. Baikie is an artist, educator and researcher whose photographs transform images of the land and cultural activities into something new and surreal through her digital edits. Her work has been captured in a book produced by Baikie, find out more at her #IAQProfile 📸Michelle R. Baikie “The Hunter” (detail) (1998) Digital photograph Courtesy the artist #InuitArt #michellebaikie #michellerbaikie #photography #InuitPhotography #Hunter #HappyValleyGooseBay #Labrador

Want to get up-close and personal with Tarralik Duffy, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award?
 
In a one-on-one interview with the artist, designer and jeweller, we talk to Tarralik Duffy about her practice and process to find out how she transforms ideas into artwork. 

See the interview at

Want to get up-close and personal with Tarralik Duffy, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award? In a one-on-one interview with the artist, designer and jeweller, we talk to Tarralik Duffy about her practice and process to find out how she transforms ideas into artwork. See the interview at #IAQOnline. 📸Tarralik Duffy Courtesy the artist #InuitArt @tarralikduffy #TarralikDuffy @uglyfishdesign #kenojuakashevakmemorialaward #kama #Kama2021 #KenojuakAshevak #Inuitculture #artaward #CanadianArtsAward #InuitArtAward #artprize #IndigenousArtAward #artfunding #Kablusiak #EldredAllen #CouzynVanHeuvelen #Illustration #jewelrydesign

Join us next week, August 24th for an artist panel talk with this year’s KAMA’s shortlisted artists Couzyn Van Heuvelen, Eldred Allen, Kablusiak and Tarralik Duffy. KAMA’s 2018 inaugural winner Lakkuluk Williamson-Bathory will be moderating the conversation to dig deeper into each artist's background and perspective.

The virtual event will be Tuesday, August 24th at 7:00pm-8:30pm EST, register on our Facebook event page now to receive the zoom link!

Join us next week, August 24th for an artist panel talk with this year’s KAMA’s shortlisted artists Couzyn Van Heuvelen, Eldred Allen, Kablusiak and Tarralik Duffy. KAMA’s 2018 inaugural winner Lakkuluk Williamson-Bathory will be moderating the conversation to dig deeper into each artist's background and perspective. The virtual event will be Tuesday, August 24th at 7:00pm-8:30pm EST, register on our Facebook event page now to receive the zoom link! #TarralikDuffy #EldredAllen #CouzynVanHeuvelen #Kablusiak #kenojuakashevakmemorialaward #artistaward #ArtistTalk #FreeEvent #InuitArt @birdseyeinc @uglyfishdesign @kablusiak @qajaaqjuaq

 
Coming to newsstands near you September 15th!

Our Fall 2021 issue on Legacies will be available soon! With cover art by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Jamie Griffiths, this issue features an in-depth look at the artistic relationships between fathers and sons like Luke and Tony Anguhadluq, John Kavik and Thomas Udjuk, as well as an examination of the history of the Inuit co-operative movement, connecting the manifold histories of Inuit art to contemporary production. You’ll also find a profile on Lydia Audaluk, the story of Takuginai puppet Johnny the Lemming's disappearance and interrogations of intergenerational knowledge transfer, Inuit identity and ivory combs alongside work from artists like Jenny Irene Miller, Germaine Arnaktauyok, Kenojuak Ashevak, Eldred Allen, Ruben Anton Komangapik, Levi Qumaluk and many more. 

Subscribe by August 22nd to make sure you get your copy: https://www.inuitartfoundation.org/subscribe

Coming to newsstands near you September 15th! Our Fall 2021 issue on Legacies will be available soon! With cover art by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Jamie Griffiths, this issue features an in-depth look at the artistic relationships between fathers and sons like Luke and Tony Anguhadluq, John Kavik and Thomas Udjuk, as well as an examination of the history of the Inuit co-operative movement, connecting the manifold histories of Inuit art to contemporary production. You’ll also find a profile on Lydia Audaluk, the story of Takuginai puppet Johnny the Lemming's disappearance and interrogations of intergenerational knowledge transfer, Inuit identity and ivory combs alongside work from artists like Jenny Irene Miller, Germaine Arnaktauyok, Kenojuak Ashevak, Eldred Allen, Ruben Anton Komangapik, Levi Qumaluk and many more. Subscribe by August 22nd to make sure you get your copy: https://www.inuitartfoundation.org/subscribe #Carving #Sculpture #Prints #GraphicArt #InuitArt #legacies #Printmaking @anouapik #MelodieSammurtokLavalee #Takuginai #JohnnyTheLemming #IntergenerationalKnowledge #NaudllaqArnaquq #JessieOonark #GermaineArnaktauyok #KenojuakAshevak #ShirleyMoorhouse #GayleUyagaqiKabloona @uyagaqi #EldredAllen @birdseyeinc #RubenAntonKomangapik @JennyIreneMiller #TallrumiqChristinaKing #timpitsiulak #LaakkulukWilliamsonBathory @jamiegriffithsarts #LeviQumaluk #JeannieSnowball #kenojuakashevakmemorialaward #NingiukuluTeevee @marion_scott_gallery #BobKardosh #cooperativemovement #ivorycombs #PapatsiKotierk

Let’s not ‘brush’ over today’s Throwback Artist Spotlight, Sammy Kaitak 💁🏻‍♀️

Kaitak, an artist from Salluit, Nunavik, QC, adds incredible detail to the voluminous forms of this sculpture from 1955. His work often featured scenes from daily life—from a woman mending her parka to this mother combing her long locs as her child reaches over her shoulder. 

📸Sammy Kaitak “Woman Combing her Hair” (1955) Courtesy IAF

Let’s not ‘brush’ over today’s Throwback Artist Spotlight, Sammy Kaitak 💁🏻‍♀️ Kaitak, an artist from Salluit, Nunavik, QC, adds incredible detail to the voluminous forms of this sculpture from 1955. His work often featured scenes from daily life—from a woman mending her parka to this mother combing her long locs as her child reaches over her shoulder. 📸Sammy Kaitak “Woman Combing her Hair” (1955) Courtesy IAF #InuitArt #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #sammykaitak #salluit #Nunavik #InuitSculpture #InuitCarving #Carving #Sculpture

Want to get up-close and personal with Eldred Allen, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award?
 
In a one-on-one interview with the landscape and wildlife photographer, we learn about his journey to becoming an “accidental” artist, the role technology plays in his practice and more. 

Read the interview at

Want to get up-close and personal with Eldred Allen, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award? In a one-on-one interview with the landscape and wildlife photographer, we learn about his journey to becoming an “accidental” artist, the role technology plays in his practice and more. Read the interview at #IAQOnline 📸Eldred Allen Courtesy the artist #InuitArt @birdseyeinc #EldredAllen #kenojuakashevakmemorialaward #kama #Kama2021 #KenojuakAshevak #Inuitculture #artaward #CanadianArtsAward #InuitArtAward #artprize #IndigenousArtAward #artfunding #Kablusiak #TarralikDuffy #CouzynVanHeuvelen #Rigolet #Nunatsiavut #photography #wildlifephotography #DronePhotography #LandscapePhotography

Sedna, seals and polar bears—oh my!

Today’s Artist Spotlight is Naomi Hikoalok, a seamstress from Iqaluktuuttuaq (Cambridge Bay), NU. After learning how to sew from her grandmother in 2010, Hikoalok began creating wallhangings, mittens and kamiks using materials like duffle, wool and sealskin. Hikoalok brings together sea and sky in this wallhanging featuring Sedna, herding her seals as Arctic char dries under the summer sun. Read more at her

Sedna, seals and polar bears—oh my! Today’s Artist Spotlight is Naomi Hikoalok, a seamstress from Iqaluktuuttuaq (Cambridge Bay), NU. After learning how to sew from her grandmother in 2010, Hikoalok began creating wallhangings, mittens and kamiks using materials like duffle, wool and sealskin. Hikoalok brings together sea and sky in this wallhanging featuring Sedna, herding her seals as Arctic char dries under the summer sun. Read more at her #IAQProfile 📸Naomi Hikoalok “Untitled Wall Hanging” (2016) Courtesy the artist #InuitArt #NaomiHikoalok #Iqaluktuuttiaq #CambridgeBay #WallHanging #inuitwallhanging #sedna #textiles #arcticchar #PolarBear

 
Want to get up-close and personal with Kablusiak, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award?
 
In a one-on-one interview with the visual artist and curator, we learn about their work and career—from their inspirations and how they got into visual arts to their favourite studio snack.
 
See the interview at

Want to get up-close and personal with Kablusiak, one of the four artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award? In a one-on-one interview with the visual artist and curator, we learn about their work and career—from their inspirations and how they got into visual arts to their favourite studio snack. See the interview at #IAQOnline. 📸Kablusiak Courtesy the artist Photo @elysebouvier #InuitArt @kablusiak #Kablusiak #kenojuakashevakmemorialaward #kama #Kama2021 #KenojuakAshevak #Inuitculture #artaward #CanadianArtsAward #InuitArtAward #artprize #IndigenousArtAward #artfunding #EldredAllen #TarralikDuffy #CouzynVanHeuvelen

Want to know where you can see some Inuit art—for free?

Well you’re in luck, as we’ve rounded up 5 places to find public Inuit art right now, with must-see artworks from across the country. Find out where at

Want to know where you can see some Inuit art—for free? Well you’re in luck, as we’ve rounded up 5 places to find public Inuit art right now, with must-see artworks from across the country. Find out where at #IAQOnline 📸Kablusiak “Things that both a relative you haven't seen in a long time and the river could say” (2019) Engraving on stone at Wandering Island, Mohkinstsis (Calgary), AB Courtesy @wanderingislandyyc Photo Caitlind Brown #InuitArt #PublicArt #Mural #Painting #Sculpture #installation #photography #Kablusiak @kablusiak #AijaKomangapik @aija_komangapik #DayleKubluitok @notdayle #RubenKomangapik #koomuatukcurley #kuzycurley @inuit_artist_kuzy_curley #GlennGear @glenngear #LaakkulukWilliamsonBathory @laakkuluk

What do you think this man is searching for in his telescope? The big dipper? Perhaps Venus?

Luckily for us, Throwback Artist Spotlight Thomassie Kudluk of Kangiqsuk (Kangirsuk), Nunavik, QC, lets us know by engraving an inscription along the surface of the stone: “A man looking through a telescope for a wife, but he is getting cold.” 😂

Kudluk’s eccentric work combined sculpture and text to tell stories that apply his cheeky sense of humour to everyday situations. Read more about Thomassie Kudluk at his

What do you think this man is searching for in his telescope? The big dipper? Perhaps Venus? Luckily for us, Throwback Artist Spotlight Thomassie Kudluk of Kangiqsuk (Kangirsuk), Nunavik, QC, lets us know by engraving an inscription along the surface of the stone: “A man looking through a telescope for a wife, but he is getting cold.” 😂 Kudluk’s eccentric work combined sculpture and text to tell stories that apply his cheeky sense of humour to everyday situations. Read more about Thomassie Kudluk at his #IAQProfile 📸Thomassie Kudluk “Man Looking Through Telescope” (1976) Courtesy IAF #InuitArt #ThomassieKudluk #kangirsuk #kangiqsuk #Nunavik #InuitSculpture #InuitCarving #Carving #Sculpture #Storytelling #tbt #ThrowbackThursday

 
“Ipeelee’s carvings can sometimes look ghostly, particularly the delicate, narrow legs of his caribou carvings, which make their bulkier bodies seem to float. This owl has the same top-heavy structure, balanced as if by a phantom presence.” – Kyle Natkusiak Aleekuk

Kyle Natkusiak Aleekuk shares what two owls—one stone, and one real—taught him about hunting and nature at

“Ipeelee’s carvings can sometimes look ghostly, particularly the delicate, narrow legs of his caribou carvings, which make their bulkier bodies seem to float. This owl has the same top-heavy structure, balanced as if by a phantom presence.” – Kyle Natkusiak Aleekuk Kyle Natkusiak Aleekuk shares what two owls—one stone, and one real—taught him about hunting and nature at #IAQOnline. 📷 Osuitok Ipeelee “Mythical Owl” (c. 1978) Reproduced with permission @dorsetfinearts Courtesy TD Corporate Art Collection @TD_Canada © the artist #InuitArt #IndigenousArt #InuitPerspective #KyleNatkusiakAleekuk #Kinngait #CapeDorset #osuitokipeelee @natkusiak #Sculpture #Carving #hunting #owl #tdbank #TDGallery #TDCollection Find more Inuit perspectives on artworks from the TD Gallery of Indigenous Art at #IAQOnline

This necklace by Artist Spotlight Lavinia van Heuvelen (@lvhjewellery) is off the chain! 

Born in Bowmanville, ON, van Heuvelen’s art practice led to experiments in painting, drawing and sewing before she moved to Iqaluit, NU, to be with family, and went on to study metalwork in college there. She continues to experiment with new techniques in her jewellery-making, using sterling silver and natural materials to make elegant pieces inspired by the Northern landscape and traditional Inuit imagery. Read more about van Heuvelen at her

This necklace by Artist Spotlight Lavinia van Heuvelen (@lvhjewellery) is off the chain! Born in Bowmanville, ON, van Heuvelen’s art practice led to experiments in painting, drawing and sewing before she moved to Iqaluit, NU, to be with family, and went on to study metalwork in college there. She continues to experiment with new techniques in her jewellery-making, using sterling silver and natural materials to make elegant pieces inspired by the Northern landscape and traditional Inuit imagery. Read more about van Heuvelen at her #IAQProfile 📸Lavinia van Heuvelen “Silver Statement Necklace” (2020) Courtesy @entreprenorth Photo @patkanephoto #InuitArt #laviniavanheuvelen #lvhjewellery #Jewelry #silversmith #silverjewelry #ulu #CaribouAntler #statementnecklace #Iqaluit #Nunavut

Earlier this week at the inauguration of Mary Simon as Canada's first Inuk Governor General, Nunavik artists Victoria Okpik, Julie Grenier (@julie.grenier.diciero) and @elisapie were highlighted. 

Read the whole story at

Earlier this week at the inauguration of Mary Simon as Canada's first Inuk Governor General, Nunavik artists Victoria Okpik, Julie Grenier (@julie.grenier.diciero) and @elisapie were highlighted. Read the whole story at #IAQOnline 📸Julie Grenier, Mary Simon, Victoria Okpik at Governor General installation ceremony (2021) Photo Julie Grenier #InuitArt #MarySimon #Elisapie #VictoriaOkpik #juliegrenier #InuitPerformance #Performance #sewing #Beadwork #IndigenousFashion #Nunavik #kujjuaq #Quaqtaq #salluit #GovernorGeneral #ggsimon #gg30 #indigenous #canada

Hey bestie! 👯‍♂️

Today is International Friendship Day, a day for celebrating close companions and loved ones, and a reason for gathering and greeting old and new friends. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 5 Inuit artworks to send to your BFF, because life is better when you’re with a pal and a confidant! See them all at

Hey bestie! 👯‍♂️ Today is International Friendship Day, a day for celebrating close companions and loved ones, and a reason for gathering and greeting old and new friends. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 5 Inuit artworks to send to your BFF, because life is better when you’re with a pal and a confidant! See them all at #IAQOnline 📸Pierre Aupilardjuk “Friends Sharing Gossip” (n.d.) Courtesy @eskerfoundation Photo M.N. Hutchinson #InuitArt #friendship #internationalfriendshipday #ThomasieAlikatuktuk #DavidialukAlasuaAmittu #ChantalJung #MaryOkheena #pierreaupilardjuk #bestie #bff #InuitSculpture #inuitprints #InuitCarving #Ceramics #Collage

 
Giddy up! 🐝

This week’s Throwback Artist Spotlight is Apitak Sanguya of Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), NU. While Sanguya’s prints and sculptures typically depict camp scenes and family life, this image takes a fantastical approach as a fully grown man is pulled along by a giant bumblebee. Sanguya was part of the Igutaq Group in Kangiqtugaapik, the “busy bees” whose illustrative silkscreen prints contained subdued colours and a gentle humour.

📸Apitak Sanguya “A Strong Bee” (1981) Courtesy IAF

Giddy up! 🐝 This week’s Throwback Artist Spotlight is Apitak Sanguya of Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), NU. While Sanguya’s prints and sculptures typically depict camp scenes and family life, this image takes a fantastical approach as a fully grown man is pulled along by a giant bumblebee. Sanguya was part of the Igutaq Group in Kangiqtugaapik, the “busy bees” whose illustrative silkscreen prints contained subdued colours and a gentle humour. 📸Apitak Sanguya “A Strong Bee” (1981) Courtesy IAF #InuitArt #apitaksanguya #Kangiqtugaapik #ClydeRiver #Nunavut #silkscreen #InuitPrintmaking #Printmaking #igutaqgroup #busybees #bumblebee

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