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Artistic hub of Cape Dorset set for new 10,000 sq-ft creative centre

Rendering of the new Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop.


Cape Dorset is internationally famous as the artistic hub of Nunavut. The hamlet of 1,300 has been home to a plethora of creative types, including Kenojuak Ashevak, Peter Pitseolak, Pudlo Pudlat and Annie Pootoogook who in the last 50-plus years have had to work in less-than-ideal conditions. The legendary Kinngait print studios, in particular, being a gimcrack hodgepodge of stick-built wooden buildings.

But in March 2016, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative will open the new 10,200-square-foot Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop.

In Toronto on Thusday, Inuit Art Foundation president Jimmy Manning and Tory insider/Alberta premier wannabe Jim Prentice announce the start of a $2.5-million public fundraising campaign to help pay for the building. The federal and territorial governments and Inuit organizations are on tap for $5-million, with construction to start in the summer of 2015.

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"If they're going to move forward into another 50 years they should be moving into a nice, new space," consultant Bruce McLeod said.

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