The database intends to be both a professional platform for artists and a tool for researchers, collectors, curators and the public. This guide is a key for understanding how to fill out a biography for an artist. If you have further questions, please contact the IAF at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating A Biography:
The database provides artists with the option of creating and updating their own public biography, or for members of the public to create or add to biographies for artists with their own research. Each entry provides space for relevant biographical information, an artist statement, exhibition and publication history, public collection information and major achievements. However, as an online resource it is also open to all public contributions. All public entries are fact checked by the database team to ensure they are as comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date as possible.
To start a new biography or to edit an existing one, you will need to create an account, which will be verified by the IAF team. Once verified, you are able to suggest edits to artist profiles. When creating or suggesting edits to an artist profile, you are able to save suggestions and exit at anytime. Only one user at a time can edit a profile so if you are unable to finish edits to a page in one sitting, please save and exit so other users may be also contribute edits. Once you have completed the suggested changes, you can submit them to the Inuit Art Foundation for review.
Designation - Appointment by an official organization, such as the Order of Canada, that recognizes an individual’s contributions to their field, such as being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. These honours are normally noted by including the initials of the award after the artist’s name, such as Uriash Puqiqnak, OC. If an individual holds multiple designations they are listed first by national, provincial and then community organizations, such as Kenojuak Ashevak, CC, RCA.
Alternate Names - For artists whose names have multiple variations in spelling. All the names may be listed and the name the artist identifies with can be selected as the primary spelling.
Stage Name - If you sign your artwork or perform under a name other than your legal name.
Date of Birth - Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.
Place of Birth - The community or region where an artist was born. Where possible, the place is first referred to by its Inuktut name with the English name put in brackets after. For example, Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut.
Death Date - Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.
Artistic Community - An artist’s practice may have developed in a community that they were not born in and/or that they do not currently reside in. This category allows an individual to select the community they identify with as an artist.
Gender (Self-Identify) - Gender identity is a personal experience of one's own gender, which may or may not correspond with their birth sex and the biological terms male and female.
Headshot Photo - Please use a descriptive title for the photo, including photo credit and copyright information where necessary. For example, [artist name] headshot.jpg.
Social Media - Social media accounts hosted on the database are intended to showcase an artist’s professional page. Include only links to professional pages not personal profiles, unless using a social media account such as Facebook, as your primary method of contact.
Art Practice Information
Artistic Community - Refers to the community an artist is identified or self-identifies as being associated with and may not refer to the community an artist lives in/lived in.
Image Title - The title of the artwork or a descriptive title for the image, including photo credit and copyright information where necessary. For example, Peter Pitseolak ARCTIC EMBLEMS Copyright Office of Public Guardians and Trustees Nunavut.jpg
Biography - An account of a person’s history as it relates to their art practice, with a focus on artistic training (workshops, apprenticeships, diplomas, degrees), important artworks and themes, and participation in major solo or group exhibitions (max word count: 800).
Exhibition History - This section aims to record all the solo and group exhibitions an artist’s work was included in. If an artist was/is also a curator, the exhibitions that they curated can be included in this section and the ‘curatorial credit’ can be assigned to the artist.
Public Collection - Included in this section are the names of major institutions, public galleries and other publicly available collections.
Discography - Included in this section are any records that a musician has released or contributed to.
Publication History - This sections is to record any articles, catalogues or journals that include an artist and/or images of their artwork.
Performance - This section can include both live theatrical performances as well as musical performances.
Filmography - Both acting and production (Director, producer, cinematographer) credits can be included.
Copyright Holding Information
Igloo Tag - The Igloo Tag is a trademark that accompanies art by Inuit. It is most often included paper tag issued by authorized art wholesalers in order to certify the authenticity of the affixed work. Inside each tag, the name of the artist, community, title and any unique item number is recorded. The Inuit Art Foundation accepted the rights to the trademark in March 2017 and now administers it. If you are interested in using the trademark, please indicate so here.
Artist Representation - If you are represented by a dealer, agent, gallery, or representative who promotes and sells your work.
If you have any questions or concerns related to completing a biography, please contact email@example.com