The Collection

WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY INUIT ART

The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth —over 13,000 pieces of contemporary and traditional artworks that are emblematic of Canada.

ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

The WAG Inuit Art Centre will display half of this extraordinary collection permanently when we open our doors in 2020, Manitoba’s 150th birthday.

ACCESSIBLE ONLINE

The full collection will be shared online to help students around the world deepen their understanding of Inuit culture.

 

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Building the Collection

For centuries, the Inuit have been carving stone lamps, tools, toys and other necessities of life. As people moved into settlements from a nomadic hunting life on the land, the traditional means of subsistence changed. In the 1950s, the Canadian government encouraged carving and the formation of artist co-ops to spur economic development. The WAG first began collecting Inuit art at this time when the art form was largely unknown and little understood.