With a story living in every piece of art,
we have thousands of stories to share
and endless new stories to create together.
Land | Ishulutaq lived a traditional camp life on the land until 1970 when she and her family moved into the community of Pangnirtung—nestled on a beautiful fjord, sheltered by snow-capped mountains, and known for its pristine lakes, thriving wildlife, and summer wildflowers.
Voice | Back then there weren’t any houses. There was just the Hudson’s Bay Company building, the health building, and the police station. Back then everybody went to church. It was always full. So some people had to run if they wanted seats.
Art | One of the first artists to embrace the use of oil sticks, Ishulutaq was commissioned by the WAG in 2014 to create Yesterday and Today, a vibrant mural that captures the intimate details of everyday life in the community of Pangnirtung.
Land | Anghik Ruben spent his early years in the Cape Parry region, north of Paulatuk and east of the Mackenzie Delta, in the Canadian Western Arctic. His family engaged in the seasonal cycle of hunting, fishing and trapping; and his recollections of early childhood are filled with memories of the land and his extended family. Life on the land ceased at the age of eight when he was sent to residential school.
Voice | Until age eight, I can remember being totally immersed in traditional Inuit culture. At that point the old magic was still there. Shamanism was still very much alive. You looked at an animal, and because you had heard someone talking of a certain animal and what it could do, the imagination would run wild. You would see the animal transforming into different things and back again. It was both frightening and amazing.
Art | Anghik Ruben developed his unique carving style over 30 years. Some subjects are naturalistic, but more often, forms flow together to create complex though unified images with a strong focal point. The theme of remembering and respecting the past underlies much of his work.
Land | Born in the hamlet of Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Teevee is part of a new generation of English-speaking Inuit artists raised in permanent communities rather than the seasonal hunting camps of their parents.
Voice | I like walrus. People sometimes still catch walrus around here. They share them when they are caught. I also love seal, but they are rare nowadays.
Art | Teevee’s most favoured subjects are the myths and legends associated with Inuit cultural traditions. She has become a highly skilled visual interpreter of these stories.
Innovating the Art Museum
The WAG Inuit Art Centre will change the face of art and what an art museum means to you. Here, art will be elevated from viewed objects to shared stories, connecting you to art and artists in unexpected ways.
A Legacy for Our Community
The iconic WAG Inuit Art Centre building evokes the beautiful northern landscape and will be a legacy to inspire and engage generations to come.
Immersing Yourself in a Rare View of Art
You will step inside the WAG Inuit Art Centre and be greeted by a stunning, three-storey high glass vault, filled with thousands of Inuit carvings.
An exploration reveals that the Inuit’s often painful period of colonization, which gave birth to the modern art form, has left lasting scars and a fierce will to persevere.
Connecting People Through the Power of Art
We invite you to join the visionary group of WAG Inuit Art Centre supporters who believe in the power of shared art and culture to create a better future.