Oleg Lipchenko pays respect to Canada’s Inuit, First Nations and Metis through compelling art and generous proceeds. Ten percent of the profits generated by his Inuit inspired exhibit “Northern Suite” will be donated to two Aboriginal groups.
The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada promotes giving and supports the empowerment of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national Inuit organization in Canada representing four Inuit regions: Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador), Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories.
The co-founders of Articsok Gallery consider outreach to be the next step in exploring the links between visual expression and our social fabric, connecting with Inuit and First Nations organizations to support their own homegrown initiatives. “Helping communities and people that have given so much to Canada, is something we could only hope for,” said Csilla Csiki, co-founder, Articsok Gallery. Adding, “being able to do this through our love of art is more than we could have hoped for.”
“I am proud that Oleg Lipchenko has taken such a great interest in Inuit culture and honoured that he has chosen to make our national organization a beneficiary of his collection,” said National Inuit Leader Terry Audla, President, ITK. “I hope that his work will, in turn, inspire more Canadians to engage with us and to learn more about the Inuit experience.”
“At The Circle, through the identification of key issues we research innovative solutions to challenges facing Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Oleg creatively showcases Inuit culture and folktale through multi-layered art pieces. His monetary and cultural support is empowering and inspiring,” said Victoria Grant, Interim Director, The Circle.
“Northern Suite” Exhibit Details:
Who: Oleg Lipchenko,
What: Northern Suite Exhibit Launch
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 – Oct. 1
Where: Articsok Gallery 1697 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6N 1J2