Kinngait prints go on sale this weekend
Raffle will be held over the phone this year to avoid overcrowding
The 2020 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection sale this Saturday, Oct. 17, will look a little different in Iqaluit this year due to public health restriction for COVID-19.
“I thought that it’s really important that people can come in their own little group and look at the artwork in person,” said Jessica Kotierk, the manager and curator of Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit.
Normally the prints, made by artists at a studio in Kinngait, are on display at the museum. This year they will be set up in the Koojesse North room in the Frobisher Inn, where there is more room.
Up to 40 people will be allowed in the room. When they browse the prints, people can leave their name and number for the raffle.
Normally the draw is done in person. This year, Kotierk will do it and will call people to let them know they can choose a print.
“With less excitement, I guess,” Kotierk said, “but maybe exciting for people to be waiting by their phones, instead of in a big crowded group together?”
This year it is a high-stakes raffle, as there is only one copy of each print.
There are 30 prints for sale this year, by 16 different artists.
There is also a special release of a large print by Shuvinai Ashoona, named Baleen. This is in recognition of the artist winning the 2018 Gershon Iskowitz Prize for her outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada.
The Koojesse North room will be open on Friday between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., and on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The raffle takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Kotierk said people who aren’t comfortable coming to see the art in person, or who can’t make it, can call the museum and put their name down for the raffle.