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Community Invited to Free Holiday Party at WAG

Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 6, 2017: The hot chocolate is warming up, cookies are in the oven, and festive crafts are ready to go! The Winnipeg Art Gallery invites you to attend a free Holiday Party, Sunday, December 10. Gather your family and friends together for this annual fun-filled afternoon that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Continue reading Community Invited to Free Holiday Party at WAG

The WAG’s Inuit Art Centre – a museum for the 21st century

By Stephen Borys

WAG director Stephen Borys.
WAG director Stephen Borys.

As we continue to develop the plans for the new Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, I am constantly thinking about – and rethinking – the idea of the museum; not just what it looks like, but how it feels, communicates and functions. Through the program and stakeholder development, architectural design and the capital campaign for the IAC building project, I have been inspired and challenged to reconsider the template for the museum in the 21st century. And this is for right now – not the future. Continue reading The WAG’s Inuit Art Centre – a museum for the 21st century

Race relations at the crossroads

A critical look back at indigenous-non-indigenous dealings a year after the TRC gave us its final report

By Joan Cohen

“The fundamental misunderstanding of [Europe’s] colonizers was that they felt they were filling a gap and raising Indigenous people from ‘savagery’. They saw an undeveloped culture, language and society in the North and they paid no attention to it. To their Eurocentric eyes, there was no society or culture worth preserving. They needed a clean slate; they needed to kill the Indian in the child.”

So Alberta lawyer Steven Cooper tells us, in a quick but forceful description of the situation that confronted Canada’s indigenous population starting in the still-early days of settlement here. Cooper’s narrative appears in a new book, In This Together, which contains 15 essays by Canadian writers dealing with relations between our indigenous and non-indigenous races. That book is focussed on carrying forward the conversation launched with the publication a year ago of the final, probing report (after six years of hearings and study) by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Continue reading Race relations at the crossroads

Karel Funk: at home in the hood

A much-celebrated Winnipeg artist comes home, with paintings that awaken us to realities in our everyday existence

By Gordon Gage

There may be nothing more satisfying for an artist who has international recognition than to find their work being exhibited in their own home town, and that is certainly the case for Winnipeg’s Karel Funk. We often talk about Winnipeggers leaving home to explore opportunities elsewhere, hoping they return to their roots. In this instance we have the opportunity to celebrate this Winnipeg born and based painter, who is known for his portraits of lone figures and hooded avatars. Continue reading Karel Funk: at home in the hood