Based in Ivujivik, Nunavik, Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk is a multidisciplinary artist who practices drawing, painting and printmaking. Along with with Mary Paningajak Alaku, Passa Mangiok and Lyne Bastien, she is part of the collective of artists who have initiated a linocut workshop in Ivujivik. It is also one of Qumaq’s drawings that serves as a logo to represent this northern village.
In addition to her artistic work, Qumaq has extensive experience in the field of education, having previously worked as a schoolteacher and center director in her home community. Her talent for teaching and her passion for storytelling has led her to offer storybook-making workshops throughout Nunavik, in the communities of Inukjuak, Akulivik, Ivujivik, Salluit, and Kangiqsujuaq. Her sources of inspiration and favorite subjects for the creation of these illustrated booklets include Inuit culture and the stories of her people passed on from generation to generation, as well as family life stories, hunting scenes, and the magnificent landscapes of Nunavik.
In recent years, Qumaq has received grants from the Nunavik Arts and Literature Program in recognition of the quality of her work. She has also participated in group exhibitions such as Convergence North/South at the Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto, and Illirijavut: Our values that are precious at the McClure Gallery in Montreal.
For the Standing Together Through Art project, Qumaq will use her creativity and storytelling skills to tell the story of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and its repercussions in Nunavik.