4 Inuit artists shortlisted for Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award

Tarralik Duffy, Kablusiak, Couzyn van Heuvelen and Eldred Allen vying for $10k prize

Artist and jeweler Tarralik Duffy is one of four Inuit artists shortlisted for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award. Here, she chisels down a piece of antler — one of her favourite materials to work with. (Photo courtesy of Ugly Fish)

By Nunatsiaq News

Four Inuit artists have been shortlisted for this year’s Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award, a cash prize handed out by the Inuit Art Foundation.

The award was created in 2014 in honour of Ashevak, a Cape Dorset graphic artist renowned for her prints of owls and other animals. She died in 2013.

This year, four mid-career artists will vie for the award: Tarralik Duffy, Kablusiak, Couzyn van Heuvelen and Eldred Allen.

Duffy is a designer, jeweller and writer from Salliq, currently based in Saskatoon. She’s best known for her line of beluga vertebra disc earrings and necklaces and graphic clothing.

van Heuvelen was born in Iqaluit and now lives in Bowmanville, Ont. His work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives.

Kablusiak is a multidisciplinary Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary, who uses Inuk ingenuity to create work in a variety of mediums including lingerie, white flour, soapstone, permanent marker, bed sheets, felt and acrylic paint.

Allen is an Inuk photographer from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, who has garnered attention for his stunningly lit scenes of landscape and wildlife in his community.

“I’m thrilled that this year’s award recognizes four artists from across Inuit Nunangat working in diverse practices,” said Inuit Art Foundation’s board president, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, in news release.

The Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award is handed out biennially and is entirely funded by donors.

The winner takes home $10,000 while this year’s three other shortlisted artists will each receive $3,000.

The 2021 award winner will be announced on Sept. 8.

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  1. Posted by Hey culd you tell me….. on

    Interesting, could you tell us…..who/what is the Inuit Art Foundation of Toronto? where does the prize money come from? who is the “jury” for this prize? what is the criteria to win? what role does the family of the late Kenojuak Ashevak play in this award?



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