WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY INUIT ART
The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of Inuit art in the world – more than 13,000 pieces of contemporary and traditional art that represent important elements of Inuit identity and enrich the fabric of Canada’s culture.
The WAG first began collecting Inuit art in the 1950s when Northern art was largely unfamiliar to the rest of the world . Over the ensuing decades, the WAG continued to build the collection while cultivating relationships with Inuit artists and communities.
In 2016, the Government of Nunavut entrusted the WAG with the 7,300+ pieces in its fine art collection through a long-term loan. While at the WAG, these works are being documented, exhibited and shared. Nunavut and the WAG are working in partnership to create programs based on the collection that support arts and heritage workers and artists in the North.
An outstanding record of more than 160 exhibitions and 60 publications enriches the WAG’s amazing collection of Inuit carvings, drawings, prints, textiles and new media.
ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
The creation of the WAG Inuit Art Centre will allow much of this extraordinary collection to be permanently displayed and shared with people of all ages and backgrounds.
The full collection will be accessible online, inviting Canadians and people around the world to experience the powerful beauty of Inuit art while learning about Inuit history and culture.
Most importantly, placing the collection online also means that the people of Inuit Nunangat (the vast homeland of Inuit of Canada) will be able to connect with the works, many for the first time.
13,500+ number of pieces in the collection
100s artifacts, ceramics and textiles
7,380 works on long-term loan from the Government of Nunavut
In the lead-up to this historic moment, it is essential to the WAG that we acknowledge the colonial history of our permanent collection. We recognize that art galleries have historically been part of the colonial structure of perpetuating racism and oppression, and we are committed to dismantling these systems.
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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.MORE
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.MORE
Immerse 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.MORE
Performers, Elders, storytellers, educators, filmmakers, artists and other knowledge carriers will share their voices. Technology will create connections to people and classrooms in the North, across Manitoba and beyond.MORE
The largest single gallery space devoted to Inuit art and culture, featuring innovative programming and dynamic integrations of old, modern and contemporary works.MORE