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Student wins national art award

By all accounts, Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig, a student in the Jewellery and Metalwork program is having a good year. For the second time this year, her work has been in the national spotlight.


In May, her artwork was featured with seven other students an exhibition at the L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa. Several months later, she won the Bank of Montreal BMO 1st Art! Award, representing Nunavut.

Drawing on her knowledge of jewellery and metals, she created three traditional qaruriit or headbands, using copper, seal bones, glass beads, sterling silver and freshwater pearls. Her work was selected from more than 100 submissions from arts students across Canada.

The selection committee made up of curators and directors of Canadian galleries and foundations, looked for works that “vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada’s newest generation of artists.”

As a regional winner Qammaniq-Hellwig will be awarded $7,500. In addition, the winning entries will be on display at the 1st Art! 2017 exhibition, held at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto, from November 16 – December 16, 2017.

Her work can be viewed on Instagram:

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