Inuit Art at Journey to Churchill
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to join Hudson, Aurora, Storm, and Kaska at the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s 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. 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.
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. Planning is currently underway to create an Inuit Art Centre to house the collection and the WAG’s nationally recognized Studio art and learning program.