The Nordic Lab is an initiative of SAW in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. A research and production space for artists from circumpolar nations, the Nordic Lab is an integral part of SAW’s newly expanded 15,000-square-foot centre in downtown Ottawa. In addition to programs in Ottawa, the Nordic Lab forges collaborations and promotes exchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the North and the South, along with partners in Scandinavia and other circumpolar nations.

The Nordic Lab is home to SAW’s educational programs, which are geared particularly toward Indigenous youth. With established relationships in place, SAW is positioned to play a unique role in serving the Inuit community in Ottawa. The Nordic Lab’s facilities include the Annie Pootoogook Studio, a fully equipped screenprinting workshop and an off-site artist residency.

The Nordic Lab initiative is funded by the Creating, Knowing and Sharing program of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ottawa Community Foundation, the Ottawa Art Society and the City of Ottawa.