The WAG features an impressive collection of over 27,000 artworks spanning centuries, cultures, and media. We are at the forefront of promoting Manitoba and Canadian artists nationwide and abroad. Our exhibitions are supported by a diverse mix of programs, events, and partnerships.
Learning is at the heart of the WAG with one of the oldest gallery-run art-making programs in the country. WAG Studio offers courses for children, teens, and youth. While you’re here, find something inspired at ShopWAG. And consider hosting your next event in one of our unique rental spaces.
This is a critical time in the history of the Gallery as we prepare for the opening of Qaumajuq (formerly the WAG Inuit Art Centre) which will be home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.
The cause of art is the cause of the people. The WAG is a product of the people and art that fill our spaces and reach out into the community.
In 2020, the Winnipeg Art Gallery was given an Ojibway name by Treaty 1 Language Keepers. Biindigin Biwaasaeyaah [pronounced BEEN- deh-gen Bi-WAH-say-yah], means “Come on in, the dawn of light is here,” a nod to the transformation of the Gallery with the opening of Qaumajuq.
Your WAG will always be known as the Winnipeg Art Gallery or WAG, but it has now been endowed with an Anishinaabemowin name.
Learn more about this name and the WAG-Qaumajuq Indigenous naming process here.
Playing a dynamic role in the community, the WAG is a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art.
This mission is achieved through five strategic values:
Building, preserving, and refining the collection with an emphasis on Canadian and Indigenous art, and presenting outstanding exhibitions supported by innovative programs, events, and partnerships.
Engaging people with art and the creative process, the WAG promotes lifelong learning and dialogue.
Working with multiple communities, the WAG nurtures relationships and develops partnerships to benefit all.
Providing a welcoming and vibrant social space that encourages creativity, learning, and enjoyment through arts and culture.
Managing resources responsibly to ensure sustainable and diversified growth.
WAG culminates its centennial year with 100 Masters: Only in Canada, the most successful exhibition in the Gallery’s history. 100 Masters features 100 works of art from 30 North American museums, alongside pieces from the WAG collection.
Projected opening of the WAG Inuit Art Centre, connecting to the current building on all floors to showcase the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.