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We believe in the power of art to inspire, connect, and have a positive impact. By partnering with Inuit artists, we meaningfully connect with our members and provide visibility for Inuit artists across Inuit Nunangat and urban Inuit throughout Canada. We are honoured to present this year’s Aurora Rewards Diamond members with a token of our appreciation: an exclusive woodcut print by Inuk artist Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona.

Tunngasugit concept sketch
Tunngasugit concept sketch
Tunngasugit printed piece
Tunngasugit printed piece

Known for her work in print making, ceramics, and textiles, Gayle is a celebrated artist whose work is gaining recognition across Canada. Her artistic background comes from the history of skilled artisans and seamstresses in her family, including her grandmother Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, and her great grandmother, Jessie Oonark. Tunngasugit captures the community and hospitality of Inuit culture, and celebrates the feeling of coming together.  Reflecting on her process, Gayle shares “It felt really good making it, and I think that comes across in the artwork itself. I think some of the best feedback that I get is that people can pick up on that. They’ll see the piece and feel the same thing that I was feeling when I was creating it. It’s just us, coming together. It’s really simple, it’s not ground-breaking. But it’s a wonderful feeling of just being ourselves.”

Gayle welcomed Canadian North into her studio, offering us a look into her creative process and how she created Tunngasugit. Watch the story:

“Every place is made by its people and I was lucky to have experienced Inuit hospitality. I love being able to show the joys of being Inuit in my artwork. This piece shows a diverse group of Inuit coming together to enjoy a meal of delicious iqaluuk, Arctic Char filets. It symbolizes our sense of community, sharing and the happiness of coming together.”

Gayle’s work not only speaks to her artistic talents but also serves as a reminder of the power of art to connect, evoke shared emotions, and celebrate our authentic selves. We’re grateful to commission this piece and look forward to seeing more of Gayle’s work in the future.

To learn more about Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona’s work visit her
website, or  Instagram