WAG’s Family Sunday Takes You on an Arctic Adventure

Winnipeg, MB, February 28: Want to learn how to build an igloo? Ever tasted Arctic bannock? How do you write your name in Inuktitut? You can discover all this and more at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Arctic Adventure Family Sunday on March 17 from 1:30-4pm. Admission is $10 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children 18 and under).

Based on the exhibition Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, this unique Family Sunday will take you on an exploration of life in the Arctic. Try your hand at Inuit games such as the bone puzzle and tug-of-war. Learn the mysterious legends of the sea goddess Taleelayok and the blind boy Lumak. Become mesmerized by the haunting sounds of throat-singing and the rhythm of the drum-dancers. Create your own Inuit print and sign it in Inuktitut. Take a snowmobile ride to Pangnirtung on Baffin Island. If all this activity makes you hungry, take a break with some Arctic bannock. 

“We have pretty much everything Arctic here except polar bears!” says Rachel Baerg, WAG Art Educator. “Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art is one of our major Centennial exhibitions and it lends itself so perfectly to a really busy and fun Family Sunday.”

The WAG has been collecting Inuit art since 1957, and now has the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. Drawing on works from this collection, Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art is a fascinating look at the development of Inuit art over the past six decades.

“Canada’s Inuit people have a fascinating culture and this Family Sunday gives families a wonderful opportunity to learn more about it,” says Art Educator Sophie Begin.

Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art is presented by TD Bank.

Celebrating its centenary in 2012-13, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures – including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art – the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives. 

For information, please contact:
Debra Fehr  Manager, Communications and Marketing  204.789.1767,  communications-manager@wag.ca

Heather Mousseau, Communications Coordinator,  204.786.6641, ext 211, Communications-coordinator@wag.ca




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