Mathew Nuqingaq is a master jeweller, silversmith, metal artist, sculptor, drum dancer, photographer and educator. He is also the owner of the Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit, which he founded as a jewellery workshop over ten years ago.
Here, he designs and produces his own creations as well as welcoming other local and visiting artists to work at one of his studio’s ‘benches’. He focuses on how to use non-traditional materials (i.e. silver, copper) to produce Inuit inspired jewellery and sculpture. He is one of the six artists that co-created the mace for the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. He is also an accomplished performer and speaker who receives annual invitations to international festivals and conferences. He was co-founder and past chair of Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, and now he is on the Board of Directors for the Inuit Art Foundation. He is a recent recipient of The Order of Canada for his work in promoting Inuit Arts and mentoring aspiring and emerging artists.