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INNOVATING THE ART MUSEUM

The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world – over 13,000 pieces of contemporary and traditional art that are emblematic of Canada. Amassed over the last 65 years, this amazing collection of carvings, drawings, prints, textiles and new media is enriched by an outstanding record of more than 160 exhibitions and 60 publications.

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.

At the Centre, you will hear directly from artists and Elders about the North and its people. You will sculpt side-by-side with a master carver, curate your own exhibition from your phone, and experience the North through virtual reality and other technology.

You will be able to connect with people across the country and thousands of miles away to discuss art, learn more about our history, and imagine a stronger future together.

The WAG Inuit Art Centre will open its doors in 2020, Manitoba’s 150th anniversary. We look forward to celebrating by sharing Canada’s story of North and South with you.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIOS

Child, teen and adult students will make art as the beautiful natural light of our prairie sky pours into the Education Suite on the penthouse level. The space will be energized as artists lead them through live and virtual classes.

NEW AUDIENCES

The Inuit Art Centre will allow the WAG to open itself to the community, welcoming people through a new and inviting glass entrance. Family and friends can meet at the street-level café, explore the gallery shop and take in the Glass Vault and main-floor exhibits, all for free. Beyond visiting, the community will join discussions, sit on councils and work with curators to plan exhibitions.

VIRTUAL CONNECTIONS

The Inuit Art Centre will transform the learning experience by inviting local and rural classrooms to the Centre and then using technology to connect them to students, teachers, artists and Elders from across the country. Students from North and South will talk and learn from each other through real-time video links.

COMMUNITY-LED POP UPS

Youth, schools, and community groups will lead special programs through pop-up exhibitions, performances and talks, filling the Centre with their energy and creativity and engaging visitors in new experiences.

NEW VOICES

An all-Inuit team of guest curators will create the inaugural exhibitions of the WAG Inuit Art Centre. This marks the first time a curatorial team will represent all four regions of Inuit Nunangat. Lead curator, Dr. Heather Igloliorte is joined by emerging curators/artists Asinnajaq, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski to amaze you with the depth and breadth of Inuit art.