WAG Offers Curator’s Tour of Richardson Collection of Inuit Art

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 1, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce a guided tour of The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture on February 3 (12pm) with Darlene Coward Wight, WAG Curator of Inuit Art. The tour is free with Gallery admission.The exhibit, containing 39 significant works, is on view until February 15.

“We are delighted to share these important Inuit carvings with visitors as part of the WAG’s world-renowned collection of Inuit art,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “We thank Tannis Richardson for her generous support over the years, and remember the late George T. Richardson for his critical contributions to not only the WAG, but the city of Winnipeg.”

The Richardson Collection includes work by 30 artists from 11 communities across the Canadian Arctic, including Nunavut and the region of Nunavik in Arctic Quebec.

“Assembled during the 1970s and early 1980s, the collection features sculpture by well-known artists such as Lukie Airut, from Igloolik, and Jimmy Arnamissa, from Inukjuak,” says Wight. “Dramatic large-scale pieces include Airut’s depiction of a mother who drops her child from her amautik (parka) after clashing with a muskox, and Arnamissa’s scene of two men loading a kayak onto a kamotik (sled) for overland travel.”

George T. Richardson became the first Canadian-born Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1970 and served until 1982. During his tenure, he travelled throughout the Canadian Arctic and developed an interest in Inuit art. Richardson acquired many pieces by artists from communities across the region. It is this collection, donated to the WAG in 2011, that makes up The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture.

Tannis Richardson is a dedicated supporter of the WAG as well as a valued volunteer. As a member of The Associates since 1950, she was instrumental in starting Study Groups and Art to the Schools, two programs that continue today. She chaired the organizing committee for a David Milne exhibition in the 1960s, and raised funds for the rotating front door of the current gallery building.

“Each individual carving in our collection has given us and those who visited our home much pleasure. Now they are in a new home where they will continue to be enjoyed by all who visit the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre,” states Tannis Richardson. “My deep appreciation to Dr. Stephen Borys, and all the Gallery personnel who organized this exhibition and to Darlene Coward Wight for her tireless research and guidance in creating the accompanying catalogue.”

Inuit art school tours and artmaking workshops built around exhibitions such as The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture continue to be a top pick for teachers at the WAG. The programs support school curriculum K-12 in the areas of social studies and art and provide teachers and students with memorable interactive experiences of the North.

The exhibition is complemented by a stunning 64-page catalogue, featuring a forward by Dr. Borys, an essay by Darlene Coward Wight, WAG Inuit Curator, a history of the collection, full colour images, and a northern map. The catalogue is made possible through a generous gift by Louise and the late Douglas Leatherdale. The WAG is also grateful to Robert and Deirdre Kozminski for supporting this exhibition.

The February 3 Curator’s Tour is an Art for Lunch program. These bi-monthly talks, videos, and tours occur over the lunch hour. For more upcoming dates, go to wag.ca.

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Winnipeg Art Gallery

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Winnipeg Art Gallery

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