WAG Exhibition Features Inuit Carvings from Nunavik

A new exhibition opening at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on October 16 focuses on art that has been created in several small Inuit communities that lie above the 60th parallel on the Ungava Peninsula in Arctic Quebec. Nunavik North of 60° continues at the WAG until March 24, 2011.

The exhibition features 40 sculptures dating from the mid-1950s to the early 2000s, by male and female carvers from the small communities in Nunavik. The carving industry in the Canadian Arctic began in the late 1940s and 1950s with carvers who lived in camps near Inukjuak and Puvirnituq. It gradually expanded to small communities such as Salluit, Ivujivik, Kangirsuk, Akulivik, and Kangiqsujuaq.

“The WAG’s collection of Inuit art holds many treasures from these smaller communities,” says Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, “and this exhibition provides an opportunity to see works that are not exhibited as often as those from larger artistic centres such as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake.”

 

 

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