2021, Year in Review
The past year saw the kick off of Qaumajuq365 – the Inuit art centre’s inaugural year with projections illuminating the WAG-Qaumajuq buildings in celebration of the then soon-to-open space. We are excited to share these projections with you again this year, with a fantastic light show display on the Qaumajuq building playing nightly from sundown to 10pm.
In January and February, we welcomed two new monumental Inuit sculptures by Goota Ashoona and Abraham Anghik Ruben to Nutaaq Tummaqtuyuq, the Outdoor Plaza. Ashoona’s Tuniigusiia/The Gift was commissioned by the Manitoba Teachers Society “to honour teachers all around us – in the land and in our lives – who reveal the truth, wisdom and beauty that connect us all.” Ruben’s Time to Play was commissioned by Tannis M. Richardson and features a family of bears, playfully climbing over one another.
Qaumajuq, your Inuit art centre, officially opened at the end of March 2021, with a two-day virtual celebration and in-person programming, presented by BMO Financial Group. Everyone around the world was able to experience the light-filled spaces and amazing artwork, performances, voices, and ceremonies bridging North and South in the documentary-style event that streamed online. Re-live the virtual celebrations or visit us in person, WAG-Qaumajuq is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm, until 9pm on Fridays.
INUA, the inaugural exhibition of the Inuit art centre opened with Qaumajuq. INUA is a ground-breaking show with over 100 works of art by over 90 Inuit artists and is curated by an all-Inuit team representing the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of the Inuit in Canada. See the exhibition at WAG-Qaumajuq and explore INUA Online. INUA is presented by RBC.
Throughout the pandemic, [email protected] offered the community unique and fun ways to engage with WAG-Qaumajuq, the collection, exhibitions, artists, and staff. Over the spring, we made the exhibition, Born in Power more accessible by creating a variety of virtual programming, thanks to Safe at Home Manitoba.
Over the summer, we were pleased to partner with Manitoba 150 and Manitoba Credit Unions to launch Tour 150, Nakatamaakewin, a travelling exhibition showcasing the WAG’s collection of Inuit art that travelled throughout Manitoba to various communities.
This year we partnered with some incredible organizations like NFB, Tunngasugit, Treaty One Nation, and Manitoba Education. These partnerships will allow us to formally build ties that expand outreach and programming in the inaugural year of Qaumajuq and beyond.
2021 also saw some incredible exhibitions highlighting Winnipeg’s diverse history with a pair of shows, The Alloways’ Gift and Rosalie Favell’s Family Legacy, presented by the Winnipeg Foundation in honour of their 100th anniversary. Metis artist, Tracy Fehr honoured the lives of Metis women in Heartbeat of a Nation with 250 handmade, smoke fired bowls. This past summer we launched the inaugural Winnipeg Indigenous Triennial, Naadohbii: To Draw Water which reflects on international Indigenous connections to water. The exhibition is on until February 6, 2022 and is presented by BMO Financial Group.
In the fall, we took a hard look at our collection and its colonial roots and began work on the Artworks Renaming Initiative to address culturally inappropriate artwork titles in the collection by incorporating Indigenous knowledge into their renaming. This is an ongoing project that has a significant impact on the canon of art history.
After a year-long hiatus, 2021 also saw the return of an in-person CRAFTED Show + Sale which featured handmade goods from over 50 local and northern artisans, all in one place for a unique shopping experience, presented by Sussex Realty.
We owe the success of this past year to you, our WAG-Qaumajuq community. Thank you for your continued support. We hope to see you at WAG-Qaumajuq in 2022 – all the best!
Oct 10 '20 Jun 19 '22
Inuit fashion designers are becoming increasingly popular and in demand – and to celebrate the next generation of Inuit designers, this exhibition will look at fashionable accessories and jewellery from generations past.
Visitors to WAG-Qaumajuq can experience art before coming inside! Check out the sculptures outside Qaumajuq and the WAG – see works by Goota Ashoona, Abraham Anghik Ruben, and Ivan Eyre, all for free!
Qaumajuq's inaugural show
Until April 2022
INUA is the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the WAG. See work by over 90 Inuit artists working across Inuit Nunangat and beyond.
To Draw Water
Aug 14 '21 Feb 6 '22
The first Winnipeg Indigenous Triennial looks at water and our changing environment from an Indigenous perspective and with an international scope.
Your permanent collection is back on view! Revisit old favourites from our European & Canadian collections, plus a few lesser-seen works.
Dec 18 '21 Mar 27 '22
This sculptural installation by contemporary Canadian ceramicist, Greg Payce is an exciting new acquisition to the WAG’s permanent collection generously gifted to the Gallery by the artist.
Library of Babel - A Retrospective
Jan 22 May 15 '22
Cliff Eyland: Library of Babel – A Retrospective celebrates the life and work of the late Canadian artist, curator, writer and educator, Cliff Eyland. The exhibition mixes more than one thousand of Eyland’s signature 3×5″ paintings and drawings with videos, photographs, digital prints, and selected archival documents to explore his ambitious forty-year career.
Be transported to the North with outdoor projections of contemporary Inuit artwork and imagery, highlighting Qaumajuq, the Inuit art centre.
Weekend Drop-in Tours
Feb 12 Mar 20 '22
Uncover the stories behind the art and artists with a 45-60-minute guided tour by our trained volunteers on select Saturday afternoons.
A Hard Birth
Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard Birth will prompt you to reflect on the Metis nation’s role in Manitoba’s creation and consider the significance of the events of 1869-70 in relation to our current times.