Founded in 1912, the WAG is Canada’s first civic art gallery. Housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, your WAG has grown into one of the country’s leading visual art museums with an international reputation.

This is a critical time in the history of the Gallery as we prepare for the 2020 opening of the WAG Inuit Art Centre, future home of the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

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.

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.

Our Vision

The WAG is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform.

Our Mission

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:

I. Art

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.

II. Learning

Engaging people with art and the creative process, the WAG promotes lifelong learning and dialogue.

III. Community

Working with multiple communities, the WAG nurtures relationships and develops partnerships to benefit all.

IV. Place

Providing a welcoming and vibrant social space that encourages creativity, learning, and enjoyment through arts and culture.

V. Resources

Managing resources responsibly to ensure sustainable and diversified growth.

Our History

1912

WAG opens to the public in the Industrial Bureau Exposition Building at the corner of Main and Water St.

1933

WAG moves to Winnipeg’s newly constructed Civic Auditorium on Memorial Blvd.

1948

Women’s Auxiliary forms, later becoming the Associates of the WAG.

1953

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt is recruited from Vienna, Austria to become Director and goes on to oversee the creation of a new building for the WAG.

1956

The Gallery purchases its first Inuit artwork with funds raised by the Associates of the WAG.

1967

Gustavo da Roza wins international juried competition for new WAG building with modernist design.

1971

The new WAG building is officially opened by H.R.H Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

1972

WAG organizes the Treaty Numbers 23, 287, 1171 exhibition. This is the first time a public art gallery in Canada displays contemporary First Nations art.

2008

WAG announces the appointment of Dr. Stephen Borys as the Gallery’s new Director and prepares the Gallery for its centennial year in 2012.

2012

Award-winning American architect Michael Maltzan wins international juried competition to design the WAG Inuit Art Centre.

2013

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.

2017

The Gallery establishes an Indigenous Advisory Circle with representatives from the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, plus urban Inuit, circumpolar Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities.

2020

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.

Explore more WAG history via our centennial timeline at wag100.ca.

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