Message from the Director & CEO

As summer winds down in our beautiful city, make sure you plan a visit to the WAG. As members and donors, you enable one of Canada’s oldest civic art galleries to continue delivering exciting art and programs with something for everyone. This season provides a great opportunity to be inspired by the world of art in our galleries and partner locations at The Forks and Assiniboine Park.

I’ve had many conversations about growing community and celebrating diversity at the WAG. Through a partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada, we bring you Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada. We are thrilled to strengthen our ties with Manitoba’s growing South Asian community with the guidance of the Honorary Exhibition Patron-Old Kildonan City Councillor Devi Sharma. Music, festivities, delicious food, lectures, and workshops are waiting for you at the Gallery.

We invite you to take a photographic journey through an iconic neighbourhood and reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, John Paskievich: The North End is a compelling selection of prints spanning the artist’s 40-year career.

The WAG is home to the largest public collection of Inuit art and we continue to showcase it in new and exciting ways. Right now, you can spot Inuit art on all four levels of the Gallery!

Construction of the WAG Inuit Art Centre is progressing smoothly. The steel structure of the cylindric vault, which will house thousands of carvings, is taking shape. The month of the 2020 opening will be announced soon and the new exhibitions and learning activities will share the powerful voice of art.

We have furthered our Indigenization journey this year, featuring Indigenous artists in several exhibitions including Behind Closed Doors and The 80s Image, and hosted screenings of Indigenous films in partnership with Decolonizing Lens, and the Gimli Film Festival. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, two new staff have joined the WAG: Lisa Charleyboy, Manager of Indigenous Initiatives, who will develop and strengthen relationships in our community; and Jocelyn Piirainen, Assistant Curator of Inuit Art, whose first exhibition at the WAG, Small Worlds: Miniature Inuit Sculpture, opened in July. It is never a dull moment at the WAG!

A special shout-out to the Associates of the WAG, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary of service to the Gallery this year. THANK YOU for your countless contributions that have made the WAG what it is today, for all to enjoy.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how we can continue making the Gallery more relevant and accessible. Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope to see you at the WAG soon!


Stephen Borys, PhD, MBA
Director & CEO
Twitter: @stephenborys
Instagram: @stephenborys_wag

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