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Most Canadians form their impressions of the Arctic based on information from outsiders who have visited. Our views are formed by the writings, prints, paintings, photographs and moving pictures created by early explorers, news journalists, researchers, and adventurers. The historical and contemporary works by artists from above and below the Arctic circle in Northern Exposure offer diverse perspectives on the theme of Canada’s north.

David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions, brings together recent works by Canadian artists Mark Igloliorte, Tania Kitchell, Katie Bethune-Leamen, David Hoffos, Simon Hughes, Andrew McLaren, and Annie Pootoogook that consider this changing landscape and offer expressions on journey and discovery.

Dale Sheppard, Curator of Education, highlights the arts community of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, in prints and sculptures made through the graphic arts workshop established there in 1957. Artists include Kenojuak Ashevak, Pitseolak Ashoona, Osuitok Ipeelee, Kiakshuk, Eegyvudluk Pootoogook, Kavavaow Mannomee, Niviaksiak, and Iyola Kingwatsiak.

Dianne O’Neill, Associate Curator of Historical Prints and Drawings, has selected works that provide some of the earliest impressions of the Arctic region and its exploration. Framed by the concepts of expeditions, landscape/icebergs, and communities, this component offers an important counterpoint to our understanding and representation of Canada’s north today.



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