A Look Inside the Inuit Art Centre

Visible Glass Vault in Qaumajuq, the Inuit art centre’s Ilavut (Entrance Hall). Architectural Rendering Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture

With our supporters and partners, the WAG is establishing the Inuit Art Centre as a world-class art museum filled with transformative objects, images, and experiences to forge new connections and understanding between North and South.

Here’s a look at one of the inspiring spaces you will experience when you walk through the Centre’s doors …

The Visible Vault – a stunning, 3-storey-high glass display space at the heart of the Inuit Art Centre filled with thousands of Inuit carvings – will greet you the moment you walk through the doors.

The Visible Vault will be the first of its kind, and the world’s largest exhibition space for Inuit art. The WAG’s entire collection of more than 7,500 Inuit stone carvings will be showcased for the first time, along with the Government of Nunavut’s carving collection while it is on long-term loan to the WAG.

You will be able to observe curators, conservators and preparators at work within this ‘working vault’ as they plan exhibitions, and document and study the incredible art collection.

You will have multiple opportunities to connect with the displayed art, as different carvings come into view at various vantage points both inside and outside the Centre. You will even be able to download images of your favourite art pieces and curate your own exhibition on your smartphone!


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