Photo: Niap


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

Artistic Community:

Kuujjuaq, 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 based 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 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


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Commercial Exhibition: Niap's 'Ivalu' - Emerging Inuit Artist Has First Solo Show May 16, 2019
Review: The 5th Region March 11, 2019 Alberta Rose
Spotlight: Generations Spring, 2019 Geronimo Inutiq and Jocelyn Piirainen


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Ivalu May 16 - June 8, 2019 Feheley Fine Arts
ᑲᑕᔾᔭᐅᓯᕙᓪᓛᑦ Katajjausivallaat, le rythme bercé March 2018 OBORO
Ilurqusivut (Our Ways) June 2017 Canada Goose Gallery, Canadian Museum of Nature


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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

Edit History

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