'She was a beautiful
person on the inside and the outside and touched people, I'm sure,
everywhere she went.'
Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation has donated $100,000 in
Annie Pootoogook's name to the new Kenojuak Cultural Centre
and Print Shop in Cape Dorset. (Alexei Kintero)
As a personal tribute to the late Annie Pootoogook, the foundation
that awarded her the Sobey Art Award in 2006 is donating $100,000
to help build Cape Dorset's proposed Kenojuak Cultural Centre and
"[Annie Pootoogook] was a beautiful person on the inside and
the outside and touched people, I'm sure, everywhere she went,"
said Bernard Doucet, secretary for the Donald R. Sobey Art Foundation.
Pootoogook, whose prints connected Inuit traditions with contemporary
themes, was found dead in Ottawa in September.
Her death is still being investigated.
"Through the art award she met Donald and his son Rob and other
members of the Sobey family," Doucet said. "She left an enduring
impression. That's for sure."
Doucet says the family hopes this donation will ensure "the
light she shone on her practice will continue to radiate."
Centre set to open spring 2018
Earlier this year, crews began construction on the $11-million
Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print shop, which will include a modern
print shop and studio, as well as exhibition space.
artist's rendition of the proposed Kenojuak Centre in Cape
Dorset. (submitted by Panaq Design)
It's set to open in spring 2018.
The existing West Baffin Eskimo Co-op has produced many world-reknowned
artists, including Kenojuak Ashevak, who was recently honoured in
"Without the pre-existing infrastructure, it's hard to say if
our country and the world would have been able to experience, on
the scale that it has, Inuit print-making," said Doucet.
"To see that going forward and to ensure that that continues
to go forward, I would say is critically important to our art landscape."
The project has already received nearly $8 million in government
funding and more than $2.5 million in private donations.