Presented by BMO Financial Group, the virtual opening of Qaumajuq happened over two nights, Thursday, March 25 (Part I) and Friday, March 26 (Part 2), 2021. You can watch the documentary-style event below! Produced by Eagle Vision, discover the light-filled spaces of Qaumajuq and experience artwork, performances, voices, and ceremonies bridging North and South. Hosted by WAG’s Dr. Stephen Borys and Julia Lafreniere with Nunavut’s Madeleine Allakariallak.
PART I >> WELCOME
Go on a journey through the new 40,000-square-foot building by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Cibinel Architecture; the world-renowned collection of Inuit art it holds; the education, outreach and meeting place it will provide; and the inspiration for its design and function. Performers from Inuit Nunangat, including Inuit performance collective ArtCirq and hoop dancer Marika Sila, come together with Manitoba artists like viral TikTok jiggers and hip-hop dancers the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, singer-songwriter Don Amero, and throat-singers Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Chasity Swan. Special appearances by CBC’s Rosanna Deerchild and Juanita Taylor, and many more!
PART II >> CEREMONY & CELEBRATE
Learn the story of the spirits that exist within the art and experience the blessing of Qaumajuq in ceremony by the Seven Nations of Manitoba. We want to begin in a good way and welcome the artworks and building to this land, Treaty 1, Metis and Dakota territory with a day of prayer. In doing this, Qaumajuq is now prepared to opens its doors and the spirit of the artworks are ready to welcome visitors. Hear a mix of celebratory messages from voices from across the country and beyond. You can share your greetings too! Email [email protected] or on social media #qaumajuq365
In Conversation with Maureen Gruben
RBC x WAG Virtual Sessions
Thursday, Jan 27 '22
Join us for a conversation between Inuvialuk artist, Maureen Gruben and INUA co-curator, Kablusiak!
With Jennine Krauchi
This year for our philanthropic component of CRAFTED Show + Sale, we’re offering the purchase of a beaded needle case, including supplies and online instruction with Jennine Krauchi, Métis beadwork artist & designer!
Be transported to the North with outdoor projections of contemporary Inuit artwork and imagery, highlighting Qaumajuq, the Inuit art centre.
Free [email protected]
Sunday, Feb 13 '22
Join us on the second Sunday of every month for free admission to the WAG and more family fun, thanks to Canada Life!
Virtual Studio Visit with Maya Sialuk Jacobsen
RBC x WAG Virtual Sessions
Thursday, Feb 17 '22
Join artist Maya Sialuk Jacobsen for a virtual visit to her studio on February 17 at 12pm CST.
Art in Bloom
Timeless art, fresh flowers
Apr 1 Apr 3 '22
Every second year, the galleries blossom with a feast for the senses. Experience Art in Bloom’s lush exhibit of floral designs and the art that inspires them, presented by the Associates of the WAG.