Kinngait artist chosen for national Governor General’s Award – Nunatsiaq News

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Mar 12, 2024

Shuvinai Ashoona is 3rd Inuk to receive honour

An artist from Kinngait is one of eight recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Shuvinai Ashoona is a winner in the Artistic Achievement Award category for her unique and often colourful pencil and ink drawings, the Canadian Council for the Arts announced Wednesday.

Ashoona is the third Inuk to receive the honour, after Germaine Arnaktauyok in 2021 and the late Kenojuak Ashevak in 2008.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts has recognized exceptional careers and contributions to Canada’s arts community for 25 years.

Ashoona’s work to capture northern landscapes and contemporary Inuit life is inspired by Inuit mythology and the wildlife of her home in Kinngait, according to a news release announcing the win.

Her work has adorned institutions across the world. Her most recent solo exhibition, titled When I Draw, opened in January in London, England, as part of a celebration honouring the 65th anniversary of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd.

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