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Mask dance artist recognized with award

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Iqaluit-based Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory has been awarded the 2021 Sobey Art Award for emerging artists. She received the $100,000 prize at a ceremony at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 6, 2021. 

Williamson Bathory is a multi-disciplinary artist, well-known for her practice of Greenlandic mask dance, or uaajeerneq. She is a founding member and artistic director of Nunavut’s Qaggiavuut! Society. 

Three other circumpolar artists were also long-listed for the award: Montreal-based Inuk artist Glenn Gear, Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben and Alaskan artist Tanya Lukin Linklater. 

The Sobey award, which celebrated its 20th year in 2021, is designed “to stimulate interest, discussion and debate regarding contemporary Canadian art.” 

Williamson Bathory, along with the other four winning shortlisted artists, are featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada until February 20, 2022. 

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