A wide range of groundbreaking work is now on view in the 8,000 sq ft main gallery called Qilak, meaning “sky” in Inuktitut, the largest single gallery space devoted to Inuit art and culture.
See a dynamic integration of old, modern and contemporary works and experience innovative programming that weaves their stories together.
INUA has two meanings:
• Spirit or life force in many dialects across the Arctic
• Acronym for Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut or ‘Inuit Moving Forward Together,’ reflecting the curators vision for Qaumajuq as a site where Inuit from throughout Inuit Nunangat can, together, collectively gather, share, be inspired by previous generations, and create new pathways forward in Inuit art.
INUA brings together work created by over 90 Inuit artists from across the northern Canada, as well as some living in the urban South. The exhibition also features a selection of works by circumpolar Indigenous colleagues and, in some cases, collaborators from areas such as Alaska and Greenland. INUA also celebrates the past work of Inuit artists, who have always embraced the future, drawn from existing collections.
This online portal connects us to one another, and reveals artists, their works and contemporary Inuit thought. We invite you to revisit often as we explore the works in the exhibition; share new stories and artist’s perspectives; and reflect upon our rich art history, dynamic futurity, and the continuity of our arts and cultures.
Nagvaaqtavut | What We Found is a collaborative project that invites visitors to explore INUA – both in-person and virtually – by listening to diverse perspectives and reflections on the artworks in the exhibition.
Curated by an all-Inuit team representing the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of Inuit in Canada, and supported by Jocelyn Piirainen (Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay), WAG Assisant Curator of Inuit Art; Nicole Luke (Kangiqtiniq/Rankin Inlet & Igluligaarjuk/Chesterfield Inlet), Exhibition Designer, Masters Program, Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba; and Mark Bennett, Graphic Designer, and Kayla Bruce, Educational Assistant.
Brian Adams • Allison Akootchook Warden* • Olassie Akulukjuk • Eldred Allen • Siku Allooloo • Donat Anawak • Elizabeth Angrnaqquaq • Michael Angutituak • Marjorie Agluvak Aqiggaaq • Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq • Fanny Avatituq* • Darcie Bernhardt • Beatrice Deer* • Norman Ekoomiak • Alice Evaglok • Glenn Gear* • Julie Grenier* • Maureen Gruben • Suzannah Igloliorte • Elisapi Uppatitsiaq Inukpuk • Elisapee Ishulutaq • Mattiusi Iyaituk • Bronson Jacque* • Eugenie Tautoonie Kabluitok • Veronica Kadjuak Manilak • Martha Kakee • Octave Tigumiak Kappi • Rhoda Akpaliapik Karetak • Jessie Kenalogak • Olajuk Kigutikakjuk • Jessie Kleemann • Eva Kootook • Pie Kukshout • Kunoo • Zacharias Kunuk* • Mary Mariq Kuutsiq • Maata (Martha) Kyak* • Megan Kyak-Montieth • Victoria Mamnguqsualuk Kayuryuk • Annie Manning • Michael Massie • Lindsay McIntyre* • Drew Michael • Qaunaq Mikkigak • Jenny Irene Miller • Shirley Moorhouse* • Bill Nasogaluak* • Ella Nasogaluak-Brown • Niap • Lucy Nimiqtaqtuq • Martha Noah • William Noah • Gukki Nuka • Tommy Nuvaqirq • Jessie Oonark • David Ruben Piqtoukun • Mary Pitseolak • Napachie Pootoogook • Aoudla Pudlat • Pudlo Pudlat • Ruth Qaulluaryuk • Eli Sallualu Qinuajua • Lisipi Saittoq • Yvo Samgushak • Victor Sammurtok • Maya Sialuk Jacobsen* • Mikki Siusangnark • Noah Taottotsiark Siusangnark • Gabriel Isaac Suarak • Jimmy Taipanak • Joe Talirunili • Ningiukulu Teevee • Eli Tikeayak • Papiara Tukiki • Eva Itikituq Tulurialik • Cecilia Arnadjuk Tungilik • Jesse Tungilik • Oviloo Tunnillie • Lucien Tutuk Kabluitok • Marion Tuu’luq • Philip Ugjuk • Couzyn van Heuvelen* • Mary Yuusipik Singaqti
Building on a long history of collecting and exhibiting Inuit art of all media at the WAG, Qaumajuq celebrates the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. Qaumajuq’s inaugural show INUA is an important step in engaging in a meaningful and fulsome way with Inuit—artists, cultural workers, and people in general.
In the News
- CBC Manitoba: Qaumajuq’s 1st exhibit includes art with ‘priceless’ family connections for all-Inuit curatorial team, March 25, 2021
- Inuit Art Quarterly: INUA Opens to the Public, March 24, 2021
- Winnipeg Free Press: INUA: Qaumajuq’s Inaugural Exhibition, March 24, 2021
- Canadian Art: Queer Inuit Art, March 18, 2021
- Inuit Art Quarterly: INUA Curators Share 4 Favourite Artworks from the Exhibition, September 15, 2020
Saturday, Mar 14 '20
Art is a VoiceArt is a voice. The WAG’s Inuit Art Centre will invite the world inside to listen — and to respond. This video shows how art…
Monday, Mar 9 '20
Asinnajaq's Powerful VoiceInuit Art Centre becoming real “The tangibility of the Inuit Art Centre is increasing as the months go by,” says Asinnajaq, an Inuit artist and…
Monday, Nov 25 '19
Empowering All Inuit“I am one of the four curators representing all the different regions from across the Arctic,” Krista Ulujuk Zawadski says. “I see this opportunity, as…
Friday, Oct 18 '19
ICYMI: A Conversation with Dr. Heather IgloliorteWorking with Asinnajaq, Kablusiak, and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Dr. Heather Igloliorte leads the guest curatorial team developing the WAG Inuit Art Centre’s inaugural exhibitions. She was…
Thursday, Jan 9 '20
If you can have one Inuk, why not have four?Heather Igloliorte, lead curator for INUA, recalls when she was invited by the Winnipeg Art Gallery to be a curator for the Inuit Art Centre’s…
Monday, Jun 29 '20
Visible Vault Digital Stories Call for Aspiring Inuit Filmmakers and VideographersCalling all Inuit filmmakers, videographers, and photographers! The WAG Inuit Art Centre is accepting topic submissions for 3-5 min. videos that: • Feature stories about…
Monday, May 3 '21
Meet Glenn Gear!Glenn Gear is a filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Montreal, Quebec, originally from Newfoundland. The emerging artist is featured in INUA, the inaugural exhibition…
Wednesday, Mar 31 '21
INUA Sneak PeekINUA is the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In this sneak peek, each co-curator speaks about…
Sunday, Jun 27 '21
Siku Allooloo's AkiaWatch Siku Allooloo discuss her work, Akia in this beautiful video. Allooloo is featured in INUA, the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq. Read the transcript of Akia…
Friday, Jun 25 '21
It’s YOU!You’re what’s been missing from WAG-Qaumajuq. Our new building was open for a few weeks this past spring before the pandemic shut our doors again.…
Tuesday, Jun 29 '21
Qaumajuq in the Paallirmiutut dialect means, “light (it gives off)”Qaumajuq in the Paallirmiutut dialect means, “light (it gives off)” – by Dr. Norma Dunning What is light? How does it work? Is it only…
Tuesday, Jun 29 '21
Nunavut Shines through QaumajuqRead this blog in Inuktitut below. Qaumajuq is one of the latest additions to Canada’s arts and culture scene. You might be wondering, why build…
Tuesday, Sep 7 '21
Darcie Bernhardt Virtual Watercolour WorkshopIn August 2021, emerging visual artist and curator, Darcie Bernhardt taught a virtual watercolour workshop, which included the process of creating a watercolour painting using…
Tuesday, Oct 19 '21
In Studio with Megan Kyak-MonteithINUA artist, Megan Kyak-Monteith takes us into her studio for some behind-the-scenes looks! Watch the video to hear Kyak-Monteith talk about her work and process:…
Friday, Oct 1 '21
Nutaaq Tummaqtuyuq: Outdoor PlazaWith the opening of Qaumajuq and the installation of two monumental sculptures, it was time to turn attention to the rest of the new outdoor…
Friday, Jan 7 '22
2021, Year in ReviewWhat an extraordinary time to be part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery community! This year, we connected with our community online and on the road.…
Monday, Dec 27 '21
Virtual Tour of INUACatch a virtual tour of INUA. INUA is the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, the Inuit art centre. Featuring a wide range of groundbreaking work in…
Friday, Jan 28 '22
WAGxRBC Virtual Session: In Conversation with Maureen GrubenCatch a conversation between Inuvialuk artist, Maureen Gruben and INUA co-curator, Kablusiak! Learn about Maureen’s art practice and her work featured in INUA, Qaumajuq’s inaugural…
Thursday, Feb 17 '22
WAGxRBC Virtual Session: Studio Visit with Maya Sialuk JacobsenJoin artist Maya Sialuk Jacobsen for a virtual visit to her studio! Learn about her artwork and practice within the larger context of INUA, the…
Sunday, Aug 22 '21
WAGxRBC Virtual Session: INUA Animation Meet-Up & DiscussionWatch this inspiring and lively discussion with emerging Inuk artists Lindsay McIntyre and Megan Kyak-Monteith, featured in INUA and moderated by Napatsi Folger. Learn about…
Monday, Nov 22 '21
RBCxWAG Virtual Sessions: In Conversation with Niap SaundersWatch this lively conversation between emerging Inuk artist, Niap Saunders and WAG Associate Curator of Inuit Art, Jocelyn Piirainen. Learn about Niap’s art practice and…
Thursday, Sep 1 '22
Now OpenWAG-Qaumajuq is now open! Make sure to review our latest safety measures below. The Gallery Shop, WAG Studio and our new cafe Katita are also…
Friday, Mar 25 '22
RBCxWAG: Virtual Sessions: Jenny Irene Miller Take OverINUA artist, Jenny Irene Miller took over the WAG-Qaumajuq Instagram on March 24! Learn more about Jenny’s work on display in INUA and hear about her…
Wednesday, Mar 30 '22
Wrapping up the Inaugural YearThis spring marks the end of the inaugural year of Qaumajuq, and we are just getting started! Looking back on the last year, it is…
Signature Dinner &Tour
Tuesday, Feb 14 '23
Perfect for a special night out! Enjoy the WAG’s signature dinner and tour program, featuring a three-course meal, followed by an inspiring tour in the exhibition galleries.
Spring Break Art Camp
Monday, Mar 27 '23
Clay All Day: Tour the galleries for ideas and inspiration, then let your imagination go as you roll, pinch, and mold self-drying clay into your own unique creation.
Spring Break Art Camp
Tuesday, Mar 28 '23
Gallery Games: Enjoy games, riddles, and puzzles in the galleries to inspire the creation of your own playful mixed-media work of art.
Spring Break Art Camp
Wednesday, Mar 29 '23
Let’s Get Digital: Check out exciting new media artwork in the galleries, then head to our Digital Media Lab for digital drawing and coding with Canada Learning Code!
Spring Break Art Camp
Thursday, Mar 30 '23
Print & Press: Explore the exhibition, Headlines: The Art of the News Cycle, featuring hands-on activities, videos, and an original newspaper press, then create your own newsworthy print in the studio.
Spring Break Art Camp
Friday, Mar 31 '23
Geometry Rules: Enjoy geometric art in the Gallery that features symmetry, pattern, sequence, and tessellations, then create your own mathematical masterpiece using a variety of straight edges, rulers, and graph paper.