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Carver from Pond Inlet reflects on his art being used in top-tier Canadian soccer league awards

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A well-known Nunavut artist has carved an award for the Canadian Premier League.

Reuben Komangapik’s carvings will be presented to some players in Canada’s top soccer league.

Komangapik, who is originally from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, but is currently living in Ottawa, created a muskox and walrus figurines for the awards.

He said he feels honoured that a top-tier league reached out to him.

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“I feel really privileged and proud,” he said.

Komangapik says he chose to carve a muskox to represent leadership — that carving will be presented to a “Player’s Player” of the year, the recipient of which is voted on by other players.

“We chose it because it [the muskox] has been here since the Ice Age and … it was a leader when they do a different form — they form a circle, then one of them keeps the predator like a wolf away,” Komangapik said.

Meanwhile, the walrus represents defense, to be presented to the league’s “Defender” of the Year.

Rueban Komangapik is the carver behind the Players’ Player of the Year award of a Muskox, presented by the Canadian Premier League, a professional soccer leauge. (Canadian Premier League website)

“It’s a really formidable creature,” he said. “It’s able to defend its child in the water even up against killer whales and polar bears.”

All seven awards to be handed out by the league are designed and made by Inuit — each one is unique piece of Inuit soapstone art carved by artists from Kinngait and Pond Inlet.

The awards from the league are being handed out on various dates in October.

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The Ottawa Art Gallery and The Ottawa Hospital select winners of the TRIAS Art Prize – The Ottawa Hospital

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The winning artwork will be displayed at The Ottawa Hospital campuses as a way of enhancing wellness through art.

OTTAWA – December 6, 2022 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) have selected the winners of the 2022 TRIAS Art Prize. This included five prizes in three categories.

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  • Art and Science Residency winner: Svetlana Swinimer
  • Indigenous and Inuit Healing Art Award winner: Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley, Sikusilingmiut
    • Honourable Mention: Christine Toulouse, Courage
  • Art as Healing winner: Andrew Morrow, Neither Brightly Lit Nor Completely Enlightened
    • Honourable Mention: Jovita Akahome, Soul

TRIAS Art Prize is a juried art competition that intersects art, science, medicine, and community. All winning artwork will be displayed at The Ottawa Hospital with the aim of enhancing care through restorative art, engaging the community, and supporting artists from Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, and Nunavut.

“They say all good things come in threes and the TRIAS Art Prize program is no exception, bringing together Art, Health and Community, through three great prize categories, that demonstrate the power of working together to bring about positive change. We are appreciative of the artists who submitted and of the jury who were challenged to choose from over 130 applications!” expressed Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

“We are grateful to our partners at the OAG for the opportunity to combine art, science, and medicine to help us create a hospital environment that is reflective of the diverse community we serve while showcasing TOH’s core values of research, medical care, and healing,” said Joanne Read, Chief Planning and Development Officer at The Ottawa Hospital. “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s TRIAS Art Prize.”

TRIAS Art Award is part of the Creative Wellbeing program, a city-building initiative connecting artists and communities with hospital researchers and clinicians to create original works of art to enhance hospital spaces. Creative Wellbeing aims to increase awareness of patient care at The Ottawa Hospital, incorporate art as part of the patient experience, and further develop art as therapy programming.

Ottawa residents Jennifer Toby and Dr. François Auclair, who have been integral to Creative Wellbeing since its inception, have provided the inaugural funding for the awards. The Indigenous and Inuit Healing Art Honourable Mention prize is provided by The Lawson Foundation.

For media inquiries or to book an interview:

Ottawa Art Gallery:

Véronique Couillard
Officer, Media, Public and Francophone Relations
613-233-8699 +244

vcouillard@oaggao.ca

The Ottawa Hospital:

Rebecca Abelson

Media Relations Officer

343-576-0259, rabelson@toh.ca

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

The Ottawa Art Gallery is situated on traditional Anishinābe Aki and is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.

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About The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)

The Ottawa Hospital is committed to providing each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that they would want for their loved ones. Over their three campuses, they serve tens of thousands of patients in Ottawa and the surrounding area each year. They rank 5th in Canada for total research funding and published over 2,200 research papers in 2019. As one of the largest research hospitals throughout the country, they are constantly innovating and providing new insight into the healthcare sector.

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'Culture is not just art on the wall': $500K in funding supports arts and culture in Sudbury – iHeartRadio.ca

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The 2022 recipients of the arts and culture funding program were recognized at Place des Arts in Sudbury Tuesday.

The program is organized by Greater Sudbury through funding from the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC).

Thirty-two local organizations received $559,288 to grow and support the industry in the city.

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Established in 2005, the program has provided $7.4 million to more than 100 local arts and culture organizations.

Mayor Paul Lefebvre said it’s a show of recognition and support for the sector.

“How can we support that talent? How can we retain that talent?” Lefebvre said.

“It’s what makes a community so vibrant and appealing that people want to move to.”

Adebola Adefioye from the Afro Women and Youth Foundation was a recipient. The foundation offers empowerment and leadership development for black women and youth.

Adefioye said the funding allowed her to create a seven-week mental health program that saw 50 participants.

She developed the program after hearing about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.

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“It was a good time for them to come together, meet other people, do things together creatively,” Adefioye said.

She adds that, as the organization is new, the grant helped them receive additional funding to set up a youth sports program.

Mike Ladyk, GSDC board member, said the recipients were recognized based on their commitment to the community.

Ladyk said the pandemic forced artists to adapt to new mediums to showcase their work.

“They had different ways of delivering the arts to the community,” he said.

“It wasn’t as easy, and there’s still bells and whistles to it in terms of masks and things like that, but a lot of them were able to pivot.”

Ladyk said culture and the arts are an integral part of Sudbury’s landscape.

“Culture is not just art on the wall,” he said.

“It’s everything that we do, from making that spaghetti sauce from your old Nonni’s recipe to reading a good book. There are many types of avenues and venues that can be brought forth into the community.”

Read the full list of 2022 grant recipients here.

Applications for the 2023 Arts and Culture grant program open Dec. 8 and close Feb. 9.

City staff said they are also looking for jurors to oversee entries. 

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Art of the archives: Hidden history revealed in new Beaverbrook exhibit – CBC.ca

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A giant map of the Saint John River is laid out on a table in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton.

The map is close to six feet long, and is so big that the gallery had to build a new table to display it.

The map — which was drawn as part of an 1826 survey of the Saint John River — meticulously details the river from Fredericton to Grand Falls.

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“It’s an incredibly detailed look at every bend in the river. It’s all hand drawn and hand-coloured with watercolour,” said Josh Green, manager of the Special Media Unit at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. 

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Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery partners with the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick to showcase historical treasures from the past.

In addition to the natural topography the map marks all the churches and taverns dotted along the river.

When this map was created, it was never intended to be displayed in an art gallery.

However, the map — along with a collection of often quirky visual artifacts from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick — is on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, as part of an exhibit that is, fittingly, called ARTchives. 

Finding ‘documentary art’

Visitors will find artifacts dating back to the late 18th century: sketches, architectural drawings, political cartoons, labels, the original drawing for the New Brunswick flag, and even plans for the Bricklin, the famous sportscar with the gull-wing doors made in New Brunswick in the Seventies. 

The items were pulled from boxes in the repository of the archives and are what Green and other archivists call “documentary art.”

That can mean hand-crafted or printed “documents which speak to the political or social atmosphere of a place and time,” said Green. “It’s very broad and vague, but for us it meant we could start considering almost everything.” 

Visitors will find pieces, like these labels, never intended to be displayed in a gallery. (Jon Collicott/CBC)

Considering the possibilities — the items on display came from a collection of more than 90,000 boxes — was a daunting task. Green said the provincial archives has been working in the background on the exhibit since just before the pandemic. 

“I think we have one map here and there are thousands — maybe tens of thousands of maps — that we had to consider whittling it down from,” said Green, who added that there were also thousands of architectural drawings and sketches to sift through. 

John Leroux, manager of collections and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, said they were pruning the exhibit until just before it opened. Some artifacts made it to the gallery before he realized there wouldn’t be enough space to display them. 

“We could have had a show that was 10 times this size but where would we have put it all? It was a matter of saying a lot with a little,” said Leroux, who worked with the archivists on the exhibit.

‘Everything is done by hand’

Leroux said a lot of pieces in the exhibit were chosen because they show just how many things used to be made by hand. 

“Today we long for the hand-made, and things with integrity,” said Leroux. “Everything [here] is done by hand. There’s no machine in any of this.”

An architectural drawing from James Dumaresq, the architect who designed the New Brunswick Legislature building in Fredericton. (Jon Collicott/CBC)

He said the idea for this show came to him almost by accident. He was at the archives looking through government documents about the Centennial Building and found a rough sketch from artist Bruno Bobak that was a plan for one of the building’s murals. 

He hopes people who have the chance to visit the exhibit, which runs until May, also realize that the archives are much more than a collection of census forms and government records.

Hidden in all those boxes are works of art, just waiting to be rediscovered.

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