Family Sunday at the WAG in Celebration of Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 18, 2019: This weekend on July 21, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) will host an epic Family Sunday inspired by Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada. Vision Exchange is Manitoba’s first major exhibition celebrating contemporary artists with roots in India.

This edition of Family Sunday is taking over all four floors of the Gallery with hands-on activities highlighting the art and culture in partnership with members of the local Indo-Canadian community. The family-friendly event takes place from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with a scavenger hunt, a yoga session, a turban-tying demonstration, a sari station, interactive storytelling, dance performances, a Rangoli art workshop, and snacks for purchase by Vinnie’s Hot Foods. Admission is $20 per family and free for WAG members.

Events Details:
Rangoli Workshop (1:00-4:00pm) – View a Rangoli demonstration and try out this ancient folk art.
Scavenger Hunt (1:00-4:00pm) – Take a self-guided scavenger hunt to explore the fascinating artwork in the Vision Exchange exhibition.
Sari Try-On Station (1:00-4:00pm) – Admire a variety of saris and wear them while you visit the exhibition.
Storytelling Fables and Dance (1:30-2:30pm): Enjoy storytelling and fables by the Young and Old Creative Club and the expression of animals through dance by Manohar Performers. Be inspired by the experience to create your own drawing of a fable in an accordion booklet.
Turban Tying Demonstration (2:30-3:00pm): Learn about the significance of the turban and check out a turban tying demonstration with Gurwinder Singh of Khalsa Group Winnipeg.
Yoga for Families (2:30-3:15pm): Join in a 15-minute talk followed by exercises led by Dr. Vadi Rajagopal from the Aagna Yoga School. The session introduces yoga practices to children including a few simple asana (postures) and kriyas (breathing exercises) that will inspire optimal health and inner peace. Maximum of 25 participants (first come, first served, sign-up early upon arrival).
The India School of Dance (3:00-4:00pm): Delight in dance from classical traditions to cabaret, from Bharatanatyam to Bollywood and explore amazing Indian instruments.

About the Exhibition:
• Featuring 20 leading contemporary artists from India and Canada, Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) and the National Gallery of Canada (NGC).
• The exhibition brings together some of the biggest names in India’s rich visual art community alongside leading artists of Indian descent living in Canada.
Vision Exchange highlights over 100 artworks, ranging from video and photography to painting and sculpture, on loan from Delhi and Mumbai and the vast collections of the NGC.
• Artists address issues of shifting histories and borders; relationships to the land; as well as the complex themes of migration, immigration, and diaspora.
• Curated by Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the AGA, and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the NGC, Vision Exchange launched at the AGA in September 2018 and is now on a national tour.
• Old Kildonan City Councillor Devi Sharma is serving as Honorary Patron for the Winnipeg stop on the national tour. Sharma is Winnipeg’s first Indo-Canadian City Councillor.
• A cultural advisory committee composed of members of Winnipeg’s South-Asian community has shaped programming and community outreach activities for the exhibition.
Vision Exchange runs at the WAG until September 2, 2019.


Featured Artists
Ashim Ahluwalia, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Atul Dodiya, Gauri Gill, Tanya Goel, Shilpa Gupta, Sunil Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Bharti Kher, Divya Mehra, Akbar Padamsee, Jagdeep Raina, Raqs Media Collective, Dayanita Singh, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Vivan Sundaram, Thukral + Tagra, Rajesh Vangad.
 
Quotes:

The Winnipeg Art Gallery strives to represent the community at large and encourage dialogue that matters to those who live here and beyond. Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada is a first for Manitoba, and we are pleased to partner with several groups from Winnipeg’s Indo-Canadian community to offer a fun-filled Family Sunday!
—Rachel Baerg, WAG Head of Learning & Programs

We invite everyone to take in this Family Sunday celebrating Indian art, culture and cuisine. Winnipeg’s Indo-Canadian community is eager to share and connect with all through a summer of Vision Exchange at the WAG.
—Devi Sharma, Speaker of Council and City Councillor for Old Kildonan Ward, City of Winnipeg

Associated Links
Winnipeg Art Gallery – Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1347
aharrison@wag.ca

Amber O’Reilly
Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
aoreilly@wag.ca

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit wag.ca

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