The Inuit Art Centre Project

Kiugak Ashoona, Natturalik, 2000. stone (green serpentinite). Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Bob and Marlene Stafford, 2012-67

The Winnipeg Art Gallery holds the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art. Amassed over the last 60 years, this amazing collection of over 13,000 carvings, drawings, prints, textiles, and new media is matched by an outstanding record of 160 exhibitions and 60 publications. To celebrate the art, culture, and land of the Inuit, and to celebrate the people who have created these works, the WAG is building an Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world.

This exhibition outlines key aspects of the project: designing an international centre, the vision for the Inuit Art Centre, and the history of Inuit art at the WAG.

The IAC will be a centre for exhibitions and programs, research and learning, studio practice and artmaking. It will be a gathering place–a community hub for exploration, dialogue, and inspiration. It will be a link to the North and its people.

Galleries and a visible vault will display thousands of works of art and artifacts through dynamic exhibitions, programs, and interactive spaces. Classrooms and studio spaces will offer opportunities for creative learning and artistic production, inspired by the images and ideas from the collection.

Situated next to the existing WAG building, the IAC will bring the power and beauty of the North to its neighbours in the south. In turn, Inuit art will serve as a lens and enable visitors to survey the world of Canada’s Arctic–transporting them to the North.

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