THE TECHNICIAN – Andrew Qappik

Pangnirtung’s art centre is unique in Canada’s Arctic.

This small community in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut is well known, not just for its printmaking program, but also for its weavers.

Andrew Qappik is one of the most well-known artists working in the community and has designed images for everything from tapestries and prints, to the Nunavut Coat of Arms.

In this 2011 conversation with Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn, Qappik talks about how he translates the traditional culture he grew up with into his art and how the Arctic landscape continues to inspire him.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North. Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City. Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China." Twitter: @Arctic_EQ Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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