4:00PM | The Cape Dorset Effect: West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative and Sixty Years of Inuit Art
Presented by the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Pauloosie Kowmageak, West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative President, Moderator: Oo Aqpik, well known for her roles in Inuit language programs in television, radio and documentaries, and as a consultant on Inuit and Arctic-themed television and film productions.
Panelists: Senator Patricia Bovey, Independent Manitoba Senator; Catherine Bradley, Partners in Art; Natalie MacNamara, NAMARA Principal and Creative Director; Saimaivu Akesuk, Kinnagait Studios Artist (via CISCO System); Claire Foussard, Ki Smith Gallery Manager. This discussion will examine the rise of artistic practice in Cape Dorset, Nunavut by profiling the history of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative. A community-owned and Inuit-lead organization, the cooperative’s Kinngait Studios program is internationally renowned for the production of prints, drawings and sculptures by its Inuit artist members. Through diverse perspectives, this conversation will explore Inuit art from Cape Dorset as a quintessentially Canadian form of expression and delve into the factors that have contributed to its international acclaim. This initiative is an important component of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative year-long program celebrating its 60th anniversary. Throughout 2019, events are scheduled to take place in Cape Dorset, across Canada and internationally.