The 2013 Nunavut Arts Festival was a great success thanks to the hard work of NACA staff alongside the integral support of our sponsors, and the presence of participating artists and invited guests. Thank you to all of the artists who attended, as well as all of the art-lovers who gathered in Iqaluit for this celebration of the arts and crafts of Nunavut. This year, artists from across Nunavut took part in several workshops aimed at both artistic and professional development. Continue reading for a glimpse into the different elements of this year's festival!
The first few days of the Nunavut Arts Festival consisted of a series of children & youth workshops.
The Nunavut Arts Festival kicked off with a three-day Youth Photography Workshop led by American artist and teacher Darlene Patterson in conjunction with NACA. Read more about it here.
As part of the Nunavut Arts Festival, NACA Chairperson of the Board Elisapi Aningmiuq hosted a crafty workshop for toddlers at the Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik Daycare.
A large crowd gathered at the Cadet Hall for the Nunavut Arts Festival Art Fair that took place on Saturday July 6.
A Sealskin flower-making workshop was offered to the public as part of the Nunavut Arts Festival. Numerous participants had the chance to learn how to make a malikkaat from scratch.
Designer Victoria Kakuktinniq with the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq at the Nunavut Arts Festival Art Fair.
Arists Eva Siakuluk, from Hall Beach, and Helen Iguptak, from Rankin Inlet, at their table during the Nunavut Arts Festival Art Fair.
Artists attended a two-part Business of Art Workshop facilitated by Ron Ryan of Aarluk. Artists gained information on a number of topics related to the financial management of their artistic practice. Other great professional development workshops took place throughout the festival, such as the Artist Social Media workshops and a presentation on funding opportunities by the Department of Economic Development & Transportation.
A very informative Talk with the Galleries panel discussion took place, which featured the following guest speakers (from left to right): Maryse Saraux (Art Inuit Paris), Debbie Jones (Arctic Co-Operatives Limited: Northern Images Gallery), Nigel Reading (Spirit Wrestler Gallery), RJ Ramrattan (Canadian Arctic Producers), Alysa Procida (Museum of Inuit Art) and Norman Vorano (Canadian Museum of Civilization).
Professional Fair, where artists met with representatives from different businesses, organizations and departments. A Passport Clinic, offered by the office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, MP for Nunavut, was also a highly popular stop for artists and local community members alike.
Great weather during the last few days of the festival made for ideal outdoor carving conditions. Pictured here is Igloolik carver Ross Kayotak.
Artists taking part in a fantastic painting workshop facilitated by Grant McConnell, artist and director of CARFAC National. Featured here are Inuujaq Dean (Rankin Inlet), Eva Siakuluk (Hall Beach) and Alina Tungilik (Kugaaruk).
A panorama of the Nunavut Arts Festival's Closing Exhibition, which coincided with Nunavut Day. A great crowd gathered for this final event. Thanks to Coman Arctic Limited, who provided high-speed internet throughout the festival, a video of the closing exhibition can be found here!
A major thank you to all of our funders and sponsors who helped make this year's festival a success! We could not have done it without your support!