The Collection

THE LARGEST PUBLIC COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY INUIT ART IN THE WORLD

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 first began collecting Inuit art in the 1950s when the art form was largely unknown in Canada’s
South. Over the ensuing decades, the WAG continued to build the collection, while cultivating relationships with Inuit artists and communities.

ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

The creation of the WAG Inuit Art Centre will allow this extraordinary collection to be shared with people of all ages and backgrounds and will serve as a conduit, connecting cultures and building understanding.

13,500+ Number of pieces in the collection
7,500 sculptures
4,000 prints
1,900 drawings
100s artifacts, ceramics and textiles
7,380 Works on long-term loan from the Government of Nunavut

Much of this vast collection will be on permanent display when the Centre opens in 2020.

The full collection will be accessible online, inviting people around the world to experience the powerful beauty of Inuit art and culture.