Uqqurmiut Arts and Crafts
In 2018 Uqqurmiut Arts and Crafts, under the leadership of General Manager Elena Akpalialuk, released its first print collection in a number of years. The collection was showcased locally in Pangnirtung in the spring and then in Iqaluit during the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association’s annual summer festival. Following that, the collection was released in Toronto at an event hosted by the Nunavut Development Corporation’s sales team. Internationally acclaimed printmaker Andrew Qappik oversaw the production of the collection. The completion of this project is a great success in Pangnirtung, a printmaking community for more than 50 years. Many of the historical prints in the UAC archives reflect the evolution of both the community and the eastern Arctic over this period. This project would not have been possible without the territorial Department of Economic Development and Transportation and their helpful staff in both Pangnirtung and Iqaluit, the Nunavut Development Corporation and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. Prints can be seen online at www.inuitart.com and are available for sale in Nunavut by contacting the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts directly. Out-of-territory sales are coordinated through southern partner galleries. Congratulations Uqqurmiut Arts and Crafts!