Lucy Alway administers the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program and the Cultural Economic Development Program (Heritage) in the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. She holds a BA (Honours) in history and anthropology from Memorial University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne. Her experience in the heritage sector includes working with museums, archives, and heritage sector organizations.
Angela Antle is a CBC host/producer. She’s a founding producer and guest host for Canada’s premier culture program Q. Antle, a writer and multi-platform producer, has worked on docs and digital strategies. In 2012, a TV format Antle co-created won the MIPTV Pitch contest in Cannes, France and she co-created/produced the W Network TV Series Majumder Manor. Antle graduated from Memorial University with a BA (Honours), The University of Western Ontario with a Master of Arts and studied visual arts at The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and Florence, Italy.
Kat Baulu is a creative producer who stimulates and supports auteurs in documentary, animation and interactive at the National Film Board of Canada. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating authentic stories with social impact.
The Blake Sisters were formed six years ago. Before, each sister followed a different path in learning about their Inuit heritage. Through joining a drum group, they were introduced to the qilaut and throat singing, they also sing in their native tongue, Inuttitut. At that point a love of the art was born. This allowed them to learn different techniques of throat singing and helped in broadening their skills.
Arlene Blanchard is a proud Mi’kmaq from St. George’s. She’s a fancy shawl dancer, and is on her way to becoming a jingle dress dancer. Well versed in her culture, she has received many teachings, earning the right to conduct sunrise and water ceremonies, she participates in pipe and sweat lodge ceremonies whenever possible. She also enjoys beading, and knitting. She has recently been elected to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band Council and represents the St. George’s Ward.
Julia Blanchard (Soaring Thunderbird) is a fancy shawl dancer from St. George’s. Julia’s proud of her Mi’kmaq heritage and feels most at home when dancing. She enjoys beading, participating in traditional ceremonies, playing piano and guitar. Julia has a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Indigenous Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is working on a Masters in Counselling. She’s taught aboriginal youth in locations throughout Canada and abroad including Garden Hill First Nation, Manitoba; Abegweit First Nation, PEI; and Manaia, New Zealand. She’s currently a substitute teacher and private piano teacher in St. George’s.
Herb Brown is owner/operator of The Birches Gallery. Born in Abbotsford, BC, he moved to northern Newfoundland in 1974 to teach and become involved in community development, particularly arts and tourism. Over four decades, he became involved with indigenous artists and crafters in Labrador. He established an art gallery where artists could be supported and promoted not only locally, but worldwide. In 2014 he retired just north of Annapolis Valley, where he continues to market and promote Labrador art and artists through birchesgallery.com and a smaller home-based gallery.
Vicky Chainey Gagnon is a contemporary art curator currently based in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador where she holds the position of Director/Chief Curator of The Rooms, Provincial Art Gallery Division. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Art History and Film Studies at Concordia University and the Master of Arts program in Interdisciplinary Studies at York University. She has acted as a juror for provincial and national arts competitions, and has also sat on selection committees for the collections of the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University. In May of 2014, Chainey Gagnon curated the Quebec City based international biennale, Resistance: And Then, We Built New Forms.
Jenelle Duval was born and raised in St. George’s to a traditional Mi’kmaq family. She learned the teachings of drum and song carrying and has been heavily involved in the cultural revitalization for over 25 years. She has sought to preserve the Mi’kmaq culture and develop teachings she can share. Currently, she’s a facilitator with the SJNFC, and many other organizations. She runs weekly cultural circles to help indigenous people develop and maintain their own cultural identities and promote cultural awareness. She’s a member of a First Nations women’s hand drum group, Eastern Owl and has been gifted the teachings to build traditional First Nations drums.
Jerry Evans specializes in the print form of stone lithography and the predominant theme in his work is his Mi’kmaq heritage. After learning about his ancestors in the mid 1980s his focus on aboriginal issues has become an integral part of his life and artwork. He has a diploma in commercial art from the St. John’s College of Trades and Technology and
a BFA from NASCAD.
Pat Feheley is the Director of the Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto. The gallery specializes in early and contemporary Inuit art. Feheley has spearheaded the gallery’s ongoing program of cataloged exhibitions and champions emerging Inuit artists such as Annie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona. Feheley holds a Masters Degree in Museology and Art History from the University of Toronto. She has an extensive administrative background in visual arts, with the Inuit, and the Canadian Arctic. She has been published widely on the subject of Inuit art. Feheley is past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, a former board member of the Cultural Human Resources Council. Currently she serves on the Canadian Cultural Properties Export Review Board (CCPERB).
Ross Flowers is a self-taught drum maker from Hopedale. He’s been making drums for 15 years for performers worldwide. Flowers has sold his work to gallery owners who redistribute his drums to places like Montreal, Kuujuuaq, and Gjoa Haven, but the majority of his orders come from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Ross uses juniper and birch that he sources himself near Hopedale, while the oxford cloth is from Goose Bay. He has even custom-made carrying cases. Ross is also a wood carver and artist, and he’s currently building his own kayak in the traditional Inuit style.
Britt Gallpen is a writer and curator based in Toronto. She’s currently the Project Coordinator for Sakkijâjuk, the first nationally touring exhibition of fine art from Nunatsiavut, and co-curator of iNuit Blanche – an all night city-wide circumpolar art project scheduled for 2016. Britt is completing an MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University, specializing in contemporary Canadian art. Her research considers the shifting landscape of Canadian practice alongside the legacies of iconic Canadian makers. This project is supported by the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Recent curatorial projects include: Titigi (Toronto) and ARCTICNOISE (Vancouver). Her writing has appeared in Canadian Art, esse art + opinions, and KAPSULA among others.
Stan Hill is based on the Conne River Reserve, and has been active as a professional artist for over 30 years, his work is included in a number of public and private collections. He has been exhibited throughout North America and won awards for his unique bone and antler carvings. Hill’s committed to native arts and has served as the Chair for the Association for Aboriginal Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Stan is currently the southern representative on the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and he has served on the boards of the Association of Heritage Industries and the Association of Cultural Industries among others. He is also a Trustee for the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howe Caverns, New York
Linda Grussani (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) is an arts administrator, curator, art historian and Director of the Aboriginal Art Centre at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. She’s worked in the Indigenous and Canadian art departments at the National Gallery of Canada and as a research assistant and Inuit art curator at the Carleton University Art Gallery. She’s also a graduate of the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Aboriginal Training Programme in Museum Practices. Linda is working on a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and holds a BA and an MA in Art History from Carleton University. Linda has served on the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and Gallery 101, an Ottawa artist-run centre.
Noel Habel is a member of the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation in southern Manitoba. A graduate from the University of Ottawa, he has a BA in Music and Arts Administration. For eight years Noel has been at the Canada Council for the Arts managing several multi-disciplinary grant programs as a program officer for the Aboriginal Arts Office. He’s performed over the past 15 years for several bands including the Juno nominated 7th Fire. His work as an electro-acoustic composer can be heard in the Museum of Civilization’s First Peoples Hall, where he collaborated to bring contemporary Aboriginal soundscapes to the ambience of the exhibit.
Todd Hennessey is the Acting Head of the Division of Fine Arts and Chair of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Theatre Program (Memorial University). He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Calgary. Hennessey is also a professional director and he has directed for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, Rising Tide Theatre, the Stephenville Theatre Festival and C2C Theatre.
Rowena House left Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 1995 to work with the Northwest Company. Through her work she’s traveled to Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec, Labrador, and Nunavut. As a senior carving buyer, she’s been tasked with buying up to a million dollars of art per year from Cape Dorset alone. She started with Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association and has worked on many projects since including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics where she assisted the Government of Nunavut in having 11 visual artists from Nunavut present at Canada’s Northern House Pavilion. She recently received a Prime Ministers Volunteer Award on behalf of the organization for its social innovation in finding new ways to support artists in becoming more economically viable businesses.
Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk curator and art historian from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. She’s the curator of SakKijâjuk: Inuit Fine Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut, which opens this weekend at the Kinsmen Community Centre; in 2016, a version of this exhibition will open at The Rooms. Igloliorte is a Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement, an Assistant Professor of Indigenous art history at Concordia, and a Co-Investigator on the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) SSHRC Partnership Grant. Igloliorte completed her PhD in Cultural Mediations at Carleton in 2013, her dissertation contributes to the first art history of the Nunatsiavummiut, focusing on over 400 years of post-contact production, Nunatsiavummi Sananguagusigisimajangit / Nunatsiavut Art History: Continuity, Resilience, and Transformation in Inuit Art (2013).
Stephen Lilly is a freelance audio engineer with Mountain Fortress Audio. He’s worked with CBC, The Banff Centre, Tanglewood Music Center [Boston Symphony Orchestra], and Festival 500. He’s been working professionally for nine years as a recording and live sound audio engineer. Stephen has extensive knowledge of sound recording technology, audio editing, consumer electronics and professional audio products. A graduate of the McGill with a Masters in Music Sound Recording, he has tonmeister training and a strong working knowledge of high fidelity audio recording, multi-channel sound capture and reproduction. This, along with knowledge of sound for picture and editing sound for picture, rounds out his knowledge of audio capture and reproduction. Stephen also has a Bachelor of Music (Theory and Composition) and a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University.
Ruth Pottle was born in Cartwright and grew up in West Bay and North River. She moved to Rigolet with her family in 1971. She received her Level lll Diploma in the Adult Basic Education Program from the College of the North Atlantic. Ruth recently retired from her role as the Life Skills/Nutrition Teacher at Northern Lights Academy. She is skilled in a variety of crafts such as doll making, grass work, dickie making, moose hide work and seal skin work. Ruth enjoys making crafts, gardening, going to her cabin, fishing and berry picking.
Joshua Jamieson is the Communications Officer with ArtsNL. He was previously Communications/Partnerships Facilitator for Choices for Youth, and spent five years at an international marketing agency. He’s a published author and former editor of the Current newspaper, produced/directed two plays and is a filmmaker with his own production company m0xY Productions as well as a former broadcaster (CBC, Steele Communications). At Memorial University, he earned a double major BA in English and Political Science, alongside a Certificate in Public Administrative Discipline, Diploma in Performance and Communications Media, and a Certificate in Digital and Social Media Marketing. Twitter: @jjmoxy
Nigel Reading was born in Munster, Germany, and educated in England. In the past he has been employed as a Media Assistant for a London Advertising Partnership and worked in marketing, sales and promotion for South African Marine and Unicorn Shipping Lines in Durban, South Africa. He emigrated to Vancouver in 1985 and worked as an art consultant representing and selling Inuit and Northwest Coast art at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. With Derek Norton and Gary Wyatt, the Spirit Wrestler Gallery was established in 1995. Reading is co-director and curator of Inuit art, and oversees the curation of Maori art from New Zealand since its introduction to the gallery in 1999. He has curated and catalogued over 40 exhibitions, and co-authored Cape Dorset Sculpture and Manawa – Pacific Heartbeat.
Sandra Rideout is from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and a true believer in her Inuit culture, exercising her traditional way of life by fishing, hunting and her love for the art of sewing. Starting at age 10, Sandra watched and learned from her mom Vera Best, grandmother Dulcie Montague, and Aunt Jane Gear along with long time friend Doris Patey. She is an avid knitter and does crochet as well. In 2012 and 2014, she was chosen to attend Northern Lights Business and Cultural Showcase in Ottawa, and in 2013 she attended Northern Exposure in St. John’s. Sandra crafts slippers, native mukluks, gauntlets, cuffs, and hats, creating her own pattern. She has also taught the traditions to members of Nunatsuivut and others. She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and works with the Department of National Defence.
Donna Roberts is the Labrador Cultural Outreach Officer for ArtsNL and is based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where she was born and raised. She is the program officer responsible for the Labrador Cultural Travel Fund, the Professional Artists Travel Fund, the Community Arts Program, and the Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations. She has been with ArtsNL since 2007. Donna is also an artist herself, with a band called The Low Keys.
Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk is a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design who is inspired by Sylvia Plath, Helen Oyeyemi,the music of Julia Holter and nature. At 14 her parents gave her a first little camcorder. While hiking in Victoria she observed small things closely, developing patience with small creatures and light. She always asks
when creating, “what does my voice contribute to this conversation?”
Jane Shiwak was born in Cartwright but moved to Rigolet at age 20. She is an avid crafts person and is known for her many crafts, which include grass work, moose hide clothing, Inuit dolls, knitting and souvenir booties. She has instructed various craft projects and was the Life Skills Teacher at Northern Lights Academy in Rigolet for 9 years. She works at the Craft Shop on a volunteer basis and is a regular volunteer at the School recycling program every month.
Inez Shiwak was born and raised in Rigolet and is proud of her Inuit heritage. She’s worked positions that promote connection to and preservation of culture and heritage. Inez currently leads the ‘My Word’: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab in Rigolet, where she leads community based participatory processes to conduct research on a variety of topics including climate change, cultural preservation, youth mentorship and resilience, food and water security, and contaminants. She’s a regular presenter at national and international conferences, and is known across the North as an Inuit research leader.
Molly Shiwak lives in Nain and is a business development/outreach worker for the Nunatsiavut Government. She is co-chairperson for Torngat Arts And Crafts Inc an has been with the organization since it was established in Fall of 2008.
Her interest in the arts & craft industry comes from both grandmothers, one was the cleaner and harvester of sealskins and the other was the sewer and designer of crafts. Both were my inspiration for her love of arts/crafts of Nunatsiavut