Ulukhaktok Arts Centre
The Ulukhaktok Arts Centre is the BDIC’s most recently established subsidiary, but draws on an artistic community that has been producing internationally-celebrated works for decades.
The centre is a hub for artists who make a variety of prints, carvings, muskox qivuit wool products and other crafts that are sold on-site and around the world.
The Ulukhaktok Arts Centre takes the place of the former Holman Print Shop that operated from the mid-1960s until its closure in 2000. In 2008, the BDIC partnered with the Ulukhaktok Artists Association to revive the practice of lithographic and stonecut printmaking in Ulukhaktok.
The new centre addresses a gap left by the Holman Print Shop’s closure, as almost a third of Ulukhaktok residents produce arts and crafts, according to the NWT Bureau of Statistics. The centre provides not only a stable source of employment for the isolated hamlet, but also an outlet for its artists, whose works have been recognized everywhere from national art galleries to Canadian postage stamps.