Sanaunguabik: Traditions and Transformations in Inuit Art

October 1 - December 21, 2013

Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton)

Gallery Hours: Thursday/Friday: 12-6pm, Saturday: 12-4pm

(Admission by donation)


Sanaunguabik, the Inuktitut word for "a place where small things are made,"  explores the history of the studio movement in the Canadian Arctic. This exhibition traces the development of Inuit art over 65 years and features nearly 100 works in print, sculpture, textile, and video, primarily drawn from the U of A Art Collection, accentuated by loans from public and private collections across Canada.

(Image courtesy Dorset Fine Arts)

Featured Exhibition Programming*

*all programs take place at the gallery unless otherwise noted

Thursday, October 24, 1pm

  • Guided exhibition tour with co-curator Matthew Hills

Friday, October 25, 12pm

  • An Inconvenient Species: Polar bears in a changing climate
  • Presentation featuring renowned researcher Andrew Derocher at the Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Ave)
  • A white bear walking on a frozen seascape... Polar bears captivate the public like few other animals and have unwittingly become the poster species for climate change. Intimately entwined with human history, polar bears have a special place in society. Unlike other bear species that have seen massive habitat loss in the last century, habitat loss as a threat to polar bears has only emerged in recent decades as the climate has warmed.
  • Doors open: 12pm. lecture: 12:15-12:45pm, seating is limited 

Wednesday, November 6, 7pm

  • Kinngait: Right Light Into the World 
  • Free film screening at Metro Cinema, 8712-109 Street
  • Set in the Canadian Arctic, this is an intimate account of how the isolated Inuit community of Kinngait (Cape Dorset) became the internationally-celebrated art capital of the North. This captivating chronicle of how art-making replaced fur-trapping in the 1950s details the complex relationships between generations of artists and their supporters.