February 21, 2020
Inuit Artist Creative Residency – Quvianaqtuk Pudlat
Inuit Artist Creative Residency partnership with Kinngait West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Studios (WBEC) and Dorset Fine Arts (DFA)
A Meet and Greet with Pudlat is scheduled for March 12, 2020, 6 – 8pm at Open Studio.
Open Studio is excited to announce the re-launch of the Inuit Artist Creative Residency, a two-week residency program that hosts an Inuit artist at Open Studio and facilitates collaboration and knowledge-sharing between the North and South. This residency is made possible in partnership with Kinngait West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Studios (WBEC) and Dorset Fine Arts.
Inuit artist 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. The residency will culminate in a print release featuring Pudlat’s work at Open Studio’s 50 Prints spring fundraiser taking place on April 23 at Artscape Sandbox.
This residency program ensures that an artist or master printmaker from Kinngait Studios in Kinngait/Cape Dorset 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 will encourage 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. This initiative is generously supported by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).
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. Quvianaqtuk is the 2020 Inuit artist in residence at Open Studio in Toronto.
Dorset Fine Arts was established in 1978 as the marketing division for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative (WBEC). 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. International sales and exhibitions of Inuit art are brokered through the Dorset Fine Arts office in Toronto. www.dorsetfinearts.com
The Inuit Artist Creative Residency celebrates the sharing of knowledge and facilities between Open Studio and the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, facilitating exchange between the North and South. Quvianaqtuk’s residency forms part of Open Studio’s 50th anniversary programming, celebrating the studio’s connection with Cape Dorset, which stretches back as far as the 1970s, and our ongoing partnership with West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative.
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. The 2020 Inuit Artist Creative Residency is generously sponsored by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Read some fantastic coverage of Quvianaqtuk’s residency in the Globe and Mail HERE
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 Jess Palmer.