WAG Symposium Discusses Inuit Art

On Friday, January 25, leading artists, art historians, and curators will gather at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for a one-day symposium to discuss the history of Inuit art and the work of several key contemporary Inuit artists. Inuit Art: Trajectories and Transformation is held in conjunction with the exhibition Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, which will have a free public opening from 7 to 10pm later that evening.

Led by Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, the symposium will feature presentations by contemporary Inuit artists Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamasie Pitseolak, Tim Pitsiulak, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, and Zacharias Kunuk. There will be talks by Norman Vorano (Curator of Contemporary Inuit Art, Canadian Museum of Civilization), Christine Lalonde (Associate Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada), Ingo Hessel (scholar and curator of Inuit art), and Bill Ritchie (Manager, Kinngait Studio, Cape Dorset Print Shop).

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery has the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world,” says Anna Wiebe, WAG Head of Education, “and Darlene Coward Wight is an international expert on the subject. Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, one of our Centennial exhibitions, traces the development of Inuit art over the past six decades and offers us the perfect opportunity to explore and examine the full range of Inuit art through this symposium.” 

The symposium is open to the public. Registration information is available at wag.ca or by calling 204.786.6641, ext. 227.

Inuit Art: Trajectories and Transformation is sponsored by ACI Manitoba, First Air, Adventure Canada, and Nunavut Film Development Corporation.

Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art is sponsored by TD Bank, the Northwest Company, First Air, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CBC, CTV, 99.9 BOB FM, and the Winnipeg Free Press.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO Financial Group, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Scotiabank, Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins Law, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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For information, please contact:
Debra Fehr
Manager, Communications and Marketing

Heather Mousseau
Communications Coordinator
204.786.6641, ext 211




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