Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle, Visit Nuuk
If you are an art connoisseur visiting Nuuk, there are some different ways to get your art fix. Just like you, Nuummiut love art. When you come to visit us, you will come to understand that there are few capital cities in the world that are surrounded by such amazing natural beauty as Nuuk.
Experiencing Nuuk is like being in a constant flow of inspiration from Mother Nature. It is a combination of convenience and fun of being in a “big” city. (And yes – to Kalaallit, Nuuk is a big city!)
One of the more obvious and rich places to experience traditional Greenlandic art AND contemporary art is at the Nuuk Art Museum. This is the art hub of Nuuk with a wealth of different artists in the gallery with a handful of temporary exhibitions each year. The Nuuk Art Museum provides a sanctuary for the art lover in Nuuk.
When you’ve strolled around in Nuuk, you may have noticed the artwork all over the city. The majestic sculptures and professional murals can be seen around Nuuk. And just like any other city, there are some rogue street artists tagging around Nuuk too! In addition,, Nuuk Art Museum has created the Nuuk Art Walk. It is a guide ( also available in English!) for anyone who wants to learn more about the different artwork in Nuuk. This is an excellent way to explore the city and learn about the local art and artist.
Another notable place to visit is the craft workshop ‘Ajagaq,’ which is a 15-20 minute walk from the city center on Nuukullak street. Ajagaq is an open studio, where you get the unique opportunity to meet the artists and see them as they work. Even better, you will also be able to buy handmade souvenirs from Ajagaq. What’s not to love? (Note: please remember that this is an artist’s workplace – it can be a bit dusty and equipment can be everywhere!)
If you are curious to learn more about original Inuit art, don’t forget to visit the National History Museum. It is a great place to admire the national costumes, learn about the old Inuit ways of life, and get an idea of what was required for the Inuit people to survive and thrive in the Arctic. And one of the ways to appreciate life is by creating art. There are so many incredibly crafted art pieces on display.
Finally, if you love the performing arts and theatre, you should definitely visit Katuaq, the cultural center, and the National Theatre of Nuuk. If you’re lucky, they may have shows during your visit! Read more about them here.
Did you ask, “what about souvenirs?” If you are thinking about where you can buy some local art to keep as memories of your visit, you should read this guide to shopping for souvenirs in Nuuk.