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Vancouver, BC – grunt gallery presents Spark: A Fireside Artist Talk Series at the Native Education College (285 East 5 Avenue, off Main Street) the third Thursday of every month from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.

This informal lunchtime talk is hosted by a series of artists who push at the boundaries of the traditional and the contemporary. How do their creations offer insight into broader issues that Indigenous people are faced with in the world today? What sorts of barriers or challenges exist for these artists? What strategies do they use to overcome these challenges?


February 18 – Mark Igloliorte
March 17 – Larissa Healey
April 21 – Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong

Mark Igloliorte is an artist who was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. He has exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada.

Recently, Igloliorte has participated in national and international exhibitions such as Beat Nation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Le Nouveau Pleinairisme, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, QC, drift, (Solo), curator Ryan Rice, The Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, ON and The Québec Triennial 2011 The Work Ahead of Us, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal QC.

He has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants including the Lillian Vineberg Award in Painting and Drawing, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Visual Arts Grant, and a Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant. Igloliorte is represented by Gallerie Donald Browne.

As an Inuk, Igloliorte’s work draws from his Labradorian background and communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale. He has been recognized as a Labrador Inuit Role Model by the Nunatsiavut Government. In the summer of 2008 and 2009 he worked with several groups of Inuit Youth delivering painting and drawing workshops funded in part by The National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS).

He holds both a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Fine Art, Major in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master’s of Fine Art, Studio Art – Painting and Drawing from Concordia University School of Graduate Studies.

Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


This recurring event is always FREE, and all are welcome to attend. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the NEC’s modest canteen.

> Mark’s website:
> See more images from Mark’s recent exhibition, Diptychs, at grunt gallery.
> Read an article in BeatRoute about Mark.
> RSVP to the Facebook event.

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