WAG Announces 80s-Inspired Events for Nuit Blanche and Culture Days

Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 18, 2018: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is planning a totally awesome party for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and Culture Days Manitoba on Saturday, September 29. All galleries will be free from 11am to 5pm for national Culture Days. The Gallery will re-open from 6pm to 4am for Nuit Blanche, a free, all-night celebration of contemporary art with music, dance, and film inspired by the new exhibition, The 80s Image.

Event Details:

  • Admission to the WAG is FREE from 11am to 5pm for Culture Days Manitoba with an art workshop (1-4pm), a performance by House of Rock (1pm), and an Instrument Petting Zoo (3-4pm).
  • Doors reopen for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg at 6pm and the FREE, all-night celebration runs until 4am.
  • The 80s Image explores artists’ responses to the rapidly expanding media landscape of video, television, cinema, satellite and computer imagery, and billboard advertising. The show opens to the public on September 29 and features artists whose paintings and photographs helped to define the 1980s, including Peter Doig, Wanda Koop, Ken Lum, General Idea, Eleanor Bond, and many more.
  • Dance Party: Dance the night away to retro music videos, lasers, and live music with DJ Mon Marty and DJ Brian Sinclair.
  • Bedazzle Station: Create your own 80s-inspired accessories using rhinestones and studs to the max. While supplies last!
  • Pop-up Hair Salon: Grab a hair scrunchi and crimp it out for retro hair styling and touch-ups by Aveda Institute Winnipeg.
  • Arcade Lounge: Enjoy a classic arcade with games like Pacman and Space Invaders.
  • Snack Bar: Running out of fuel? Give your feet a break and grab an 80s-inspired snack.
  • Also on view: SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut, Ways of Seeming, Shaman Stories: Morrisseau and Ruben, New Contemporary: organic, Defying Convention: Women Artists in Canada, 1900-1960, and Wanda Koop: VIEW from HERE.
  • Nuit Blanche@WAG is a free event. Visitors may pay $10 to jump the line, which moves at the same pace as the general line, but will be shorter.

Nuit Blanche@WAG brings the community together for a great evening of fun and creativity. The whole building is alive with activity and The 80s Image exhibition offers a fantastic canvas to celebrate contemporary art. 
-Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

The WAG is grateful to partners: Aveda Institute Winnipeg, Culture Days Manitoba, Host It Downtown: A Program of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, House of Rock, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Your Next Event.

See the full list of details at wag.ca/events.

For more information or to prearrange interviews, please contact:

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

About the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Set to open in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit wag.ca



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