WAG@The Forks Opens at the Johnston Terminal

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 23, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is branching out with a new satellite location at The Forks. Officially opening June 25 at 10:00am, WAG@The Forks will bring a mix of shopping and art making to the Johnston Terminal.

Manitoban and Canadian art, including a special focus on Inuit, First Nations, and Métis art, will be featured alongside jewellery, contemporary craft, kids and book sections, and more. The new storefront will carry the one-of-a-kind collection of handmade goods found at the WAG Gallery Shop, and be animated by craft workshops for the public.

Also announced today, Canadian Arctic Producers (CAP) and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) are financing an artist-in-residence program for WAG@The Forks that will start in fall 2016 with renowned artist Paul Malliki of Naujaat, Nunavut.

“WAG@The Forks extends the WAG brand to one Manitoba’s most popular attractions and supports Manitoba and Canadian artists,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Partnering with Canadian Arctic Producers and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association on the artist-in-residence program will enable us to engage wider audiences with Inuit art and culture, further establishing Winnipeg as the gateway to the North.”
Through the CAP/NACA residency program, WAG@The Forks will provide an inspirational environment for creativity and a culturally relevant context for Inuit artists.

“CAP and NACA support artistic innovation and excellence in contemporary Inuit art,” states Debbie Jones, Vice President, Art Marketing, CAP and NACA board member. “The WAG residency is designed to be artist-driven and artists will be encouraged to create new works sales exhibitions. The internship is intended to engage the art community while creating an interactive experience for the public and developing the market place.” 

A three-year agreement with the Government of Nunavut through the Nunavut Development Corporation (NDC) is providing additional support for WAG@The Forks to promote Nunavut artists. Announced in May, NDC’s investment will raise awareness of artists, increase art sales, and create more opportunities for Northern artists, further expanding the economic impact of this incredible art form.

WAG@TheForks is located in the space of the former Wah-sa Gallery that specialized in Canadian Woodland Aboriginal art for over 40 years. The WAG is honoured to carry on this tradition, particularly at the historic location of The Forks, a meeting place for over 6,000 years, beginning with early Indigenous peoples.

WAG@TheForks hours starting June 25: Monday-Sunday, 10am–6pm; Friday, 10am–9pm. July-August: 10am–9pm daily, except 10am–6pm on Sunday. For more information, go to wag.ca/shop or call 204.789.1349.

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For more information and to pre-arrange interviews, please contact:

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

Debbie Jones
Vice President, Art Marketing
Canadian Arctic Producers
204.470.9682
DJones@arctic.coop

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.

The WAG holds in trust the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Using the art as a vehicle, the creation of the Inuit Art Centre allows the WAG to further celebrate and engage with Indigenous cultures through exhibition, research, education, and art making for people of all ages and backgrounds. It will also house the WAG’s nationally recognized Studio art and learning program.

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