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Helping Hands: 30 Years at Kinngait Studios

It takes many hands to make one print. The artists and printers at Kinngait Studios in Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset), Nunavut, have been celebrated globally since the 1960s for their innovative contemporary art practices. Exploring their art from an Inuk perspective, this exhibition spans thirty years of work from a significant donation of prints by William Ritchie, a Newfoundland and Labrador-based visual artist/printmaker who was Arts Advisor and Studio Manager at Kinngait Studios from 1988-2019. The selected artworks reveal a stunning diversity of creative expressions in Kinngait, from everyday life in The North to shifting ideas of Inuit art in the south, from the changes in infrastructure and globalization, to the importance of collaboration. At its core, this exhibition shares how Kinngait Studios has long been a space for community.


Saimaiyu Akesuk, Arnaqu Ashevak, Kenojuak Ashevak, Kudluajuk Ashoona, Mayoreak Ashoona, Shuvinai Ashoona, Siassie Kenneally, Killiktee Killiktee, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Cee Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, Kananginak Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, Mary Pudlat, Pudlo Pudlat, Anirnik Ragee, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Kakulu Saggiaktok, Pitaloosie Saila, Nicotye Sammayualie, Ningiukulu Teevee, Simeonie Teevee, Jutai Toonoo, Papiara Tukiki


Nakasuk Alariaq is an Inuk-Finnish graduate student, educator, curator, and writer from Kinngait, Nunavut, currently studying in Ontario for her Ph.D. Alariaq’s current work focuses on the Qikiqtaaluk region that aims to bring forth an Inuit perspective on Inuit art produced in the area while covering a wide range of items.

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