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Inuit Artist Creative Residency

  • Quvianaqtuk Pudlat preparing drawings to screenprint. Photo courtesy Cheryl Rondeau.
  • 2020 Inuit Artist Creative Residency: Inuk Artist Quvianaqtuk Pudlat preparing drawings to screenprint.
  • Mesh screen showing the drawing design by Quvianaqtuk Pudlat.
  • Quvianaqtuk Pudlat working with printer Nick Shick on screenprinting.
  • Test screenprints featuring Quvianaqtuk Pudlat's fox designs.
  • A digital discussion session with Kinngait Studio and Open Studio.
  • Celebrating the relaunch of the Inuit Creative Residency with Quvianaqtuk Pudlat.


The Inuit Artist Creative Residency is a two-week residency program that hosts an Inuit artist from Kinngait Studios at Open Studio and facilitates collaboration and knowledge-sharing between artists and facilities. This residency is made possible thanks to a partnership with Kinngait Studios West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Studios (WBEC) in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut and Dorset Fine Arts (DFA), Toronto.

This residency program ensures that an artist or master printmaker from Kinngait Studios has the opportunity to undertake vital professional development at the Open Studio facility. Working alongside technical and creative staff at the studio, this unique opportunity encourages shared creative endeavours while seeding lasting relationships between the north and south. This undertaking is a reinvestment in a historic affiliation between Kinngait Studios and Open Studio – the two organizations were regular collaborators until 1997.


In celebration of its 50th-anniversary in 2020, Open Studio is excited to announce a re-launch of the Inuit Artist Creative Residency (2016: recipient Tim Pitsiulak in 2016), welcoming Quvianaqtuk Pudlat in the spring of 2020.

The 2020 Inuit Artist Creative Residency is generously sponsored by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. Quvianaqtuk Pudlat will work in collaboration with Open Studio printmakers from March 2 – 14, 2020. Pudlat will create two screenprint editions based on his iconic Arctic wildlife drawings.

A Meet and Greet with will be scheduled for March 12, 2020 at Open Studio for 6:00 pm EST.

Quvianaqtuk Pudlat (b. 1962, Kinngait/Cape Dorset, Nunavut) is the son of Odlureak Pudlat and Ningeosiaq Pudlat, who were both printmaking artists. His grandfather Simeonie Quppapik was a well -known artist, printmaker and typographer. For many years, Quvianaqtuk was a well-respected sculptor and his carvings of animals and birds are in many important collections. Recently he began drawing and several of his prints have been included in the 2017 and 2018 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection. His graphic work has been exhibited at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto and Highpoint Centre for Printmaking in Minneapolis.

Read Globe & Mail coverage about Pudlat’s residency here.

WBEC is located in Kinngait/Cape Dorset, Nunavut. The cooperative is unique among its Arctic peers for a focus on the arts and artists of the community. The distinctive work produced in this region is created in the Kinngait Studios, the oldest art print shop in Canada. Dorset Fine Arts was established in 1978 as the marketing division for the WBEC/Kinngait Studios.


Playful Foxes
Already a celebrated artist for his striking drawings, stonecuts and carvings of Arctic birds and wildlife, Quvianaqtuk’s two-week residency at Open Studio allowed him to explore the medium of screenprint for the first time. Each separate colour layer for these two Playful Fox screenprints was hand-drawn by Quvianaqtuk and printed with Nicholas Shick and Jessica Palmer.

All proceeds from the sale of these prints are split 50/50 between both organizations, ensuring that this level of cultural and creative exchange can continue into the future.

Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Playful Foxes I, 2020, screenprint, edition of 30, 22″ x 30″, $800.
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Playful Foxes I, 2020, screenprint, edition of 30, 22″ x 30″, $800.
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Playful Foxes II, 2020, screenprint, edition of 30, 22″ x 30″, $800.
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Playful Foxes II, 2020, screenprint, edition of 30, 22″ x 30″, $800.
West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Limited

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