Photo: Niap


drawing, installation, painting, photography, sculpture/carving, throat singing

Artistic Community:

Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, QC

Date of Birth:

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Kuujjuaq, QC, Canada



Niap, also known as Nancy Saunders, is a multimedia artist from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, QC currently studying studio arts at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. Niap creates a range of works, including paintings and graphic works, which incorporate realistic figures alongside brightly coloured geometric forms. She also carves soapstone and ivory sculptures. Niap represents both her Inuit culture and the influences of the urban environment within her art. Recent exhibitions include "ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Katajjausivallaat, le rythme bercé" at OBORO in Montreal, QC and her work is included in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
9 Artists to Watch October 2018 Inuit Art Quarterly
MBAM Acquires Work by Niap and Partners with Avataq September 11, 2018 Inuit Art Quarterly
Nancy Saunders Wins the Virginia J. Watt Scholarship Spring 2018 Inuit Art Foundation


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Katajjausivallaat, le rythme bercé March 2018 OBORO
Ilurqusivut (Our Ways) June 2017 Canada Goose Gallery, Canadian Museum of Nature
Lucassie Echalook, Mattiusi Iyaituk: Between Tradition and Innovation 20 Nov - 16 Dec, 2015 The McClure Gallery


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Achievement Year Organization
Virginia J. Watt Scholarship 2017-2018 Inuit Art Foundation


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Title Year Role
Inuit Art Society Annual Meeting, October 27-29 2017 October 27-29, 2017 Presenter
Designation of katajjaniq, the Inuit throat singing, as an element of Québec’s intangible heritage January 28, 2014 Singer

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature Ottawa, ON, Canada
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Montreal, QC, Canada

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December 10, 2018 Edited by: Inuit Art Foundation
March 30, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray