PROJECT COORDINATOR | SakKijâjuk: INUIT FINE ART AND CRAFT FROM NUNATSIAVUT
November 2015 | Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Fall 2016 | The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's, NL
SakKijâjuk will be the first-ever nationally-touring exhibition of Labrador Inuit art and craft. The exhibition will open in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in November 2015, and will be one of the featured events of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement and the establishment of Nunatsiavut. Meaning “to be visible” in the Labrador Inuttitut dialect, SakKijâjuk will bring to light the exciting depth and breadth of Inuit fine art and craft exclusively from the Nunatsiavut Territory of Newfoundland and Labrador. This exhibition provides a historic opportunity to correct the decades-old exclusion of Nunatsiavummiut artists from the broader field of Inuit art history, and from the international Inuit art market.
The exhibition will begin in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on November 19, and a selection of the works will eventually be sent to The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s, before going on a national tour beginning in late 2016. With the support of the Tasiujatsoak Trust, a catalogue, a website, and a series of short films profiling many Inuit artists and craftspeople will also be produced. Artists taking part in the exhibition will be flown to Happy Valley-Goose Bay to attend the grand opening and also participate in the province’s first-ever Aboriginal arts conference, co-hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
Nunatsiavut artist, curator and professor, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, is organizing the exhibition through the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage Project, in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism of the Nunatsiavut Government, Torngat Arts and Crafts and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. The exhibition is being planned through ongoing consultation and collaboration with artists and craftspeople both inside and outside of Nunatsiavut.
PROJECT COORDINATOR | MOBILIZING INUIT CULTURAL HERITAGE
June 2014 to July 2015 | Toronto, ON
Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage is a collaborative research project connecting researchers, artists, industry and key cultural stakeholders on the contribution of Inuit visual culture, art, and performance to Inuit language preservation, social well-being, and cultural identity. Project partners range from government, not-for-profit as well as commercial sectors, in addition to international, national and provincial institutions spanning the arts, education and information and communication technologies. The research team is comprised of scholars, artists and community members from across Canada and abroad as well as students at varying levels of study.
The central activities of the project are focused on three complementary and intersecting objectives; access to culture through advanced information and communication technologies; the connection of Inuit voice to objects of Inuit cultural heritage; and expanding the creation of Inuit cultural capacity.
Numerous collaborative initiatives have been supported by the project including a multi-artist sculptural residency at York University resulting in a mixed media piece presented to the Inuit Circumpolar Council in July of 2014 and a collaborative musical residency and performance organized by throatboxer Nelson Tagoona in the early fall of 2014. On-going projects include the organization of the first major touring exhibition of Nunatsiavut art, SakKijâjuk: Inuit Fine Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut, a series of artist interviews, research with seamstresses into the history of skin based clothing practices, youth carving workshops and the co-development of an online Inuit artist biography database among many other initiatives.
PROJECT COORDINATOR | CANADIAN ART 30th ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE
June to September 2014 | Toronto, ON
Oversaw the digitization and online publication of the Canadian Art 30th Anniversary booklet. Liaised between the Art Director, Online Editor, Web Designer and Advertising Operations and Campaign Manager to produce an interactive e-read of 30 years covers and cover stories for a sponsor. Tasks included producing a digital copy of all stories within a Wordpress environment, copy-editing and research as well as management of strict and tight timeline and meeting sponsor deliverables.
PROJECT ASSISTANT | TELUS GARDENS PROJECT
January to September 2012 | Vancouver, BC
Working closely with project lead, Reid Shier, selected and researched various artists for the creation of a Detailed Public Art Plan. Compiled a comprehensive artist portfolio including visuals and CVs. Acted as the primary liaison between various stakeholders to coordinate meetings, printing and delivery schedule.