Red Fish Arts Studio

Cambridge Bay - Youth Welding Project
Cambridge Bay - Youth Welding Project

What was once an old processing plant has become a central hub for the Cambridge Bay arts community. The building, which was renovated with the support of CanNor, the Government of Nunavut and the Municipality of Cambridge Bay, provides a space for artists and aspiring artists to grow and develop their skills.

The Studio is used by multiple community groups to create and sell locally made artwork, develop digital art projects, and it also hosts the local radio station.

The Studio promotes Inuit culture and, as tourism to the community resumes after COVID, it’s also a place where visitors can buy local artwork.

There is also a welding studio which provides a space for art and functional welding programs. A 2018 win in the Youth Category of the Arctic Inspiration Prize allowed for the purchase of equipment for the welding studio. To date, the studio has created several notable metal works, including a red metal fish presented to the Prime Minister and a metal sculpture of Sedna.

The Studio provides economic development initiatives such as job training and entrepreneurship development. The programming also promotes cultural awareness and provides extracurricular activities for youth and all residents. Since the project was completed it has created full-time jobs to support ongoing programming.

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