Nunavut has a rich tradition of creativity and artistic ability. Traditional Inuit culture, legends and the arctic environment provide unparalleled inspiration and distinct themes. Inuit have been using their surrounding materials to create art for millennia.
The period of contemporary Inuit art began in the late 1940s. Since then, Inuit tapestries, prints, carvings, jewelry, and fine arts have become renowned throughout the world. Storytelling, throat singing and drum dancing are also an honoured tradition amongst Nunavut's Inuit.
Art in Nunavut has blended traditional knowledge with modern-day techniques. This combination of new and old brings together the practices of our elders and youth to create exciting, innovative art that is truly unique to Nunavut.
Director of Heritage