Canadian Art, in partnership with TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the artists selected for the upcoming TD North/South Artist Exchange.
Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary/Banff and she currently holds the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She uses art and humour as a coping mechanism to address cultural displacement and mental illness; the lighthearted nature of her practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity.
Jesse Tungilik is an interdisciplinary artist based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He has worked in many artistic disciplines, starting as a ceramicist at the Matchbox Gallery in Rankin Inlet and later working at the Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit as a jewellery artist specializing in baleen, muskox horn, ivory and silver. He also works in mixed-media sculpture.
The TD North/South Artist Exchange aims to bridge the gap between Canada’s North and South by creating residency programs for artists across both regions. In consultation with the TD North/South advisory committee, Canadian Art works with artist recipients to develop customized residencies that foster connections between artists and communities.
Candice Hopkins — Independent curator and writer
Dr. Heather Igloliorte — University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement, Concordia University
Lindsay Nixon — Indigenous editor-at-large, Canadian Art
Alysa Procida — Executive Director, Inuit Art Foundation
Past recipients of the program include Nicotye Samayualie, who traveled from Cape Dorset to participate in the Indigenous Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Luanne Martineau, who traveled from Montreal to Cape Dorset to be the artist in residence at Kinngait Studio. Previous artists include Jutai Toonoo (Cape Dorset), Graeme Patterson (Halifax), Tim Pitsiulak (Cape Dorset) and Ed Pien (Toronto).
TD Bank Group has been collecting artwork from Canada’s Inuit people from the Arctic region since the mid-1960s, while Canadian Art has reported on developments in Inuit art since beginning publication in 1984. This exchange and other programs are an extension of TD’s and Canadian Art’s interest in supporting artistic activity in that region.