SakKijâjuk Exhibition Opens in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Drum Photo

A drum seen at a drum-making workshop in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, part of the first ever NL Indigenous Arts Symposium. (Angela Antle)

SakKijâjuk: Inuit Fine Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut is the first-ever nationally touring exhibition of Labrador Inuit art from Nunatsiavut. Curated by Dr. Heather Igloliorte, the exhibition opened in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (HV-GB) on November 19, 2015, and will tour the province of Newfoundland and Labrador before the grand opening at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in the fall of 2016. This Inuit art exhibition is unlike anything that has ever happened before. In its first stage, it is a major, community-oriented exhibition, organized according to the Inuit values and principles of shared leadership, collective decision-making, intergenerational knowledge-sharing, and inclusion. The creation of the project has emerged from a large-scale community consultation process over a two-year period; Nunatsiavut artists and craftspeople are directly involved in the selection of works for the exhibition; numerous artists have been involved in workshops and other training opportunities leading up to the exhibition; and most importantly, all Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries over the age of 18 are welcome to participate in the exhibition and everyone who applies will have their work included in the exhibition. Then, for the second stage of the exhibition, a selection of works from the November 2015 exhibit will join other Nunatsiavut art and craft works from collections across Canada for an exhibition that will open at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in September 2016, before touring to major galleries and museums across Canada, in order to introduce our exciting craft and artwork to the world.

For more information, please see the exhibition website: http://www.michnunatsiavut.org/

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