JUNE 21–24 ANDREW QAPPIK and DANIEL SHIMOUT Opening reception June 21, 6–9pm Come celebrate our first birthday!
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY By Arctic Co-operatives Limited with Debra Jones
As partners in the North, Arctic Co-op understands the arts community in Nunavut as a vital part of the territorial culture and economy. We also recognize that it is facing challenges. The Co-op system in the Arctic and its art-marketing arm, Canadian Arctic Producers, is committed to promoting and supporting artists in Nunavut through partnerships with organizations such as the WAG and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. The Artist-in-Residency Program was created to provide artists with an opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge in the inspirational WAG environment. Drawing on works from the WAG’s collection, selected artists are encouraged to work with other media. In doing so, the residency becomes a platform from which artists can grow, while also engaging the Winnipeg art community by creating interactive experiences between northern and southern artists. Paul Malliki, master artist from Naujaat was the inaugural artist-in-residence at WAG@The Forks in September 2016. By selecting Paul, we hoped to positively impact the future of Inuit art in his home community, where there are few producing artists, and lead the way towards development and growth in the marketplace.
The program also provides continuing support to artists returning to their home communities through the efforts of the Co-op system. When Paul returned to Naujaat, he met with the Co-op’s Board of Directors to express his commitment to mentoring and working with young artists to support the future of Inuit art in the community.
Paul’s visit to Winnipeg included tours of the WAG vault, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, a visit with students and faculty at the University of Manitoba geology and fine arts programs, an interactive session with WAG members, and an exhibition and live carving demonstration as part of Culture Days Manitoba at WAG@The Forks.
The program will bring six artists from Nunavut to Winnipeg over a three-year period and benefit the industry as a whole. We look forward to facilitating a sales exhibition in June featuring Artist-in-Residency artists Andrew Qappik from Pangnirtung and Daniel Shimout from Coral Harbour.
S H O P WAG
Andrew Qappik is known for his design of the Nunavut flag, as well as the territory’s coat of arms and official logo. His first prints were published in the 1978 Pangnirtung annual collection when he was only 14 years old and his subsequent works have been included every year since. Daniel Shimout is an emerging artist who comes from a family of carvers. His original style and unique integration of media is quickly gaining recognition. His carvings provide a powerful insight into the history and spiritualism of traditional Inuit life. Check wag.ca/events for additional programming throughout the week!
A 28 page magazine from the Winnipeg Art Gallery full of exhibition and events news for this summer.