“It has been fifty years since the first experiments in printmaking took place in Cape Dorset. Over the years, the Kinngait Studios have grown from a one-room, 512 square foot print shop to a multi faceted modern atelier. From the initial focus on stonecut and stencil printmaking, the studios have expanded to include engraving, lithography, etching and other media in order to provide the graphic artists of Cape Dorset with as many creative outlets as possible to express their unique culture and life experience.
“The print collection from Cape Dorset is released every year in October to galleries across Canada, the United States and Europe that specializes in Inuit fine art. Since 1973, select images have been chosen for the annual calendar. The first calendar was designed and printed in Cape Dorset, when the co-op maintained its own typography studio. Over they years, the calendar has featured the work of individual artists, celebrated important anniversaries and explored particular themes in Inuit graphic art. This year’s edition continues with the immensely popular theme of birds, as no other subject in Inuit graphic art has been treated with such imagination and diversity.”
Features images by: Meelia Kelly, Kenojuak Ashevak, Ningeokuluk Teevee, Kavavaow Mannomee, Kananginak Pootoogook, and Pitaloosie Saila.
Cape Dorset, also known as Kinngait (pronounced “King-ite”) for its high, rolling hills, is a thriving Inuit community on the southwest coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. The West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was formed and incorporated there in 1959. The Kinngait Studios, which house the co-operative’s graphic arts program, are the longest continually running print studios in Canada. The studios are internationally renowned for excellence and innovation in Inuit graphic art.
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