2019 Art

The 8th Annual Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony featured a pan-northern performance by Inuk classical soloist, Deantha Edmunds; the guitar-fiddle duo of Yukoners Boyd Benjamin and Kevin Barr; Nunavik’s Sylvia Cloutier; Dene Orator, Lawrence Nayally; and Arctic Soul icons Josh Q and The Trade-Offs. The AIP was thrilled to again work with the very talented Leela Gilday as artistic director.


Photo credit: Justin Tang/Arctic Inspiration Prize


The 2019 laureates received original pieces of northern artwork by artists from Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut and Nunavik, provided with the support of Fire and Ice Studio (2018 AIP Youth Laureate From Scrap to Art) and AIP Arts and Culture Partners, Avataq Cultural Institute and the Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association.

Violet Gatensby, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Yukon
Looking to the Future

Daniel Inukpuk, Inukjuak, Nunavik
Mother with three energetic kids fetching water all while keeping a smile

Mary K. Ohkeena, Ulukhaktok, Inuvialuit Settlement Region
Drum dance wall hanging

Aisa Aupaluktuk, Inukjuak, Nunavik
Mother giving water to her child and then taking a drink for herself

John Sabourin, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Dreaming about a Raven

Blake Lepine, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Yukon
Once the Darkness is Realized

Karen Cumberland, Fort Liard, Northwest Territories
Mid Summer

Fire and Ice Studio (AIP Laureate From Scrap to Art), Cambridge Bay, Nunavut