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
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