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NEWS: Nunavut June 16, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Calling all Nunavut artists: Northwestel needs a new directory cover

"We’re able to share this talent with residents located all across the North"

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Nunavut's directory cover this year features the beadwork of Cape Dorset artist and Order of Canada recipient, Annie Manning Lampron. (PHOTO COURTESY NORTHWESTEL)
Nunavut's directory cover this year features the beadwork of Cape Dorset artist and Order of Canada recipient, Annie Manning Lampron. (PHOTO COURTESY NORTHWESTEL)

Northwestel’s 2015-2016 telephone directories are looking for some eye-catching new art.

Nunavut visual artists are invited to submit a piece in the company’s annual art competition, for a chance to have their work featured on the book’s cover.

“Each year, this program reminds us that there is no shortage of artistic talent in northern Canada,” said Paul Flaherty, president and CEO of Northwestel. “By showcasing artwork on our directories, we’re able to share this talent with residents located all across the North.”

Northwestel invites northern artists annually to submit their work to a competition that selects three pieces of artwork; one from each of the three territories.

Northwestel has featured original works by northern artists on the covers of its telephone directories since 1983.

In Nunavut, singer Tanya Tagaq, who is also a visual artist, had one of her paintings featured on the cover.

You can see the winners of the 2014-15 directory competition here, including Cape Dorset’s Annie Manning Lampron.

Other Nunavut artists who have won the competition in previous years include Andrew Qappik, Qummuatuk Ashoona and Meeka Kilabuk.

Entrants must be residents of Northwestel’s operating areas in the territories and northern British Columbia. Those who have already won in the past four years are not eligible.

Entries must be original, two-dimensional or three dimensional works. Photography and computer-generated images are not yet accepted as part of the contest and it cannot be work that has been previously published or exhibited.

Winners will be chosen by a panel which may include northern artists, art consultants, Northwestel personnel, and public “people’s choice” balloting.

The deadline to submit entries for this year’s competition is September 19th.
Winners will be contacted in October and each of the three artists chosen for the covers will receive $3,000.

For a full list of rules and requirements or to download an application here.

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