Art is part of our culture

The arts and culture is not static, but are concepts in constant evolution. To have knowledge of the past is also a condition to understand the present, and the society they are part of. Knowing its roots and its identity, gives courage to seek new challenges and explore new avenues. It is hoped that our artists should be able to learn from and inspire each other, exchange experiences and pass on traditions and knowledge to younger generations. It is hoped that this should create new forms of expression that can develop and strengthen arts and culture for the benefit of the community, society, and the Greenlandic identity.
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Two Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) face to face, Dovrefjell National Park, Norway, February 2009

There are many skilled craftmen, handicrafts, and painters in Sisimiut. Particularly since 1976 there has been an active artistic life in Sisimiut not least as a consequence of the handicraft courses taught at The Knud Rasmussen Folk High School. Hereby many adolescents as well as more mature people from all over the coast are given the opportunity of developing their handicraft and most of them can thus supplement their daily income. Handicraftsmen and other artists from the coast gather and are inspired in their handicraft and art.

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Art and handicraft shops and exhibitions in Sisimiut

Qiviut – Software by nature Muskox wool, sealskin and sheep wool

Mersortarfik Panigiit Greenlandic handicrafts, sealskin products, painting & gemstones minerals

Tech College Greenland Collection of stones/rocks, minerals and gemstones

 

Art & Handicraft Workshop – art made of reindeer antlers, muskox horns, walrus teeth, sealskin, soapstone, whalebones and gemstones

 

Hotel Sisimiut Sales of souvenirs, handicrafts, t-shirts and more

Sisimiut Museum Exhibitions and souvenirs

The Culture House Taseralik Various exhibitions in certain periods

In resent years, the Home Rule government became aware that the conditions for craftsmen, artisans, and painters and tremendous improvements have been made concerning equipment and tools so that they dispose of expensive machinery today.

  Thanks to Sisimiut’s geographical position close to the walruses area one has had excess to bone and tusks, especially earlier. On the other hand, it can be difficult to find soapstone quarry in the area ans ahus it is necessary to import the material from other towns along the coast. Sisimiut lies in the middle of the reindeer and musk oxen areas making it easy to collect antlers, horns and musk musk oxen wool from these animals.

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 The word in greenlandic “Eqqumiitsuliorneq” means “to create something look strange”, and every artists have their own skill by making these beautiful creatures of clothing, for decoration, jewelry, souvenirs, small equipments, which are very good idea to buy those as a gifts. 

  Go eventually to the local Art Workshop and see all of these beautiful handicrafts. Visit the museum or The Culture House and see all of these exhibitions which are also important to our culture and not at least greenlandic art. It can be that you find some great gifts for your family, friends or for yourself.

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