WAG Showcases Inuit Art at Journey to Churchill Exhibit

Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 6, 2014. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to join Hudson, Aurora, Storm, and Kaska at the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s new Journey to Churchill exhibit to present an impressive array of Inuit sculpture in an ongoing, rotating display.

The carvings are featured in a 20-foot long case in the Journey to Churchill’s Gateway to the Arctic building. As visitors move around the case to the underwater viewing tunnels, the spectacular views shift from sculpture to live bears swimming underwater.

“With this magnificent exhibition of Inuit art and the Journey to Churchill exhibit, the Arctic is at the forefront of conversation now more than ever in Winnipeg,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “The WAG is proud to partner with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to highlight carvings from our world-renowned collection.”

Former WAG Director Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt first displayed Inuit art at the WAG in 1953 at a time when the art was largely unknown in the south. Today, the WAG holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world with over 13,000 pieces, including sculpture, prints, drawings, ceramics, and textiles.

“Journey to Churchill explores how the animals, people, and ecosystems of the north are connected and how they are being impacted by climate change,” said Trevor Clearwater, Director of Visitor Services. “The amazing works of art featured in this collection are symbolic of that close cultural connection.”

Journey to Churchill is home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox, wolves, and others creatures that make up the most comprehensive northern species exhibit of its kind in the world. Visitors experience a variety of naturalistic landscapes and animal viewing areas. Interpretive signage and interactive displays invite visitors to learn about biodiversity, climate change, and conservation.

Planning is currently underway at the WAG to create an Inuit Art Centre to be located adjacent to the existing Gallery on Memorial Boulevard at St. Mary Avenue. The Inuit Art Centre will be an iconic building and innovative programming hub that celebrates Inuit art and Indigenous cultures through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. The new facility will also house the WAG’s nationally recognized Studio art and learning program. To learn more about the Inuit Art Centre, visit wag.ca.

For more information on the WAG’s display at Journey to Churchill, visit wag.ca and assiniboineparkzoo.ca. For the latest WAG updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

For details and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Laura Curtis
Manager, Brand & Communications
Assiniboine Park Conservancy

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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