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An innovative and interactive space which is expected to become home to the largest collection of Inuit art in the world is under construction at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The gallery’s Inuit Art Centre promises to bring stories to the forefront from across Inuit Nunangat — the homeland of Inuit communities in Canada — which encompasses 35 per cent of Canada’s landmass and 50 per cent of its coastline.

“We’re trying to create a space that will feel like or insinuate a sense of the North so that the work that’s shown there feels like it’s really in its context,” the centre’s architect Michael Maltzan said.

“The landscape, the fluidity [and] the scale have all had a real effect on the actual architecture,” he said.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery holds trust in more than 13,000 Inuit artworks – “each one with stories to tell” — according to the gallery’s website.

The $65-million centre will house the largest collection of Inuit art in the world. (Michael Maltzan Architecture/Winnipeg Art Gallery)

The Winnipeg gallery has had a significant connection to Inuit art, especially post-war contemporary art, Maltzan said. The centre intends to continue building on those longstanding relations.

Manitoba is home to 610 people who identified as Inuit in the 2016 census. With a total of 65,025 Inuit living across the country, the population grew by nearly 30 per cent from 2006 to 2016.

Maltzan said the project is important to the Inuit culture, the history of the gallery and the city. He said he’s pleased to see the progress of the construction and watch the project come to fruition.

“It’s immensely gratifying,” Maltzan said.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery says the new Inuit Art Centre will be home to a collection of contemporary Inuit art unlike any other in the world — and will bring new stories to the forefront. (Justin Fraser/CBC)

A rendering of the visible vault of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre. (Michael Maltzan Architecture/Winnipeg Art Gallery)

The new art centre will allow the Winnipeg Art Gallery bring pieces like this out of its vault to the public. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

The Winnipeg centre’s grand opening is set for spring 2020.

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Arts tip sheet: The Double Axe Murders; Kismet, things have changed; Translations – Straight.com




The Double Axe Murders

November 14 to 23 at Gateway Theatre

Prepare for chills and thrills in Rusticate Theatre’s eerily suspenseful 19th-century story of the search for two missing trappers in Newfoundland.

Kismet, things have changed

November 13 to 16 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Anita Rochon, Emelia Symington Fedy, Hazel Venzon, and Daryl King revisit the “theatrical documentary” they debuted to critical praise a decade ago. In their 20s, they travelled across Canada and interviewed 100 people, aged 1 to 100, about their beliefs; now, amid their own life changes, they track down some of the surviving interviewees.


November 19 to 24 at Performance Works

As part of Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, All Bodies Dance ventures into new territory in a collaboration with VocalEye (a live descriptive arts service for the blind) and consultants from the blind community. The work presents dance for small audiences of both the blind and the sighted through the sound of movement, the feeling of air moving, and descriptive language.

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Fibre arts festival offers creative outlet to dye for – The London Free Press




Beth Whitney talks about the “magic” of dyeing.

While some might agree it’s magic when they see the colours she creates, it’s really art.

Whitney hand-dyes wool fleece and colour-blends and spins the fibre into yarn that she uses for rug hooking and knitting. She’ll be demonstrating the skill at the eighth annual Fibre Art Festival and Sale at Covent Garden Market Friday through Sunday.

The festival brings together members of the London District Weavers and Spinners, the group Simply Hooked and the Strathroy Pioneer Treadlers to demonstrate their craft talents and sell their creations.

There will be demonstrations and displays of weaving, felting, spinning, rug hooking, lace making, sashiko (Japanese stitching) and basketry.


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This year’s theme is Updating Traditions of the Past — “applying modern textile techniques to fibre skills from the past and showcasing their relevance in today’s world.”

Enter people like Whitney and pal Kate Gutteridge.

Before their unique works are created, the material — either sheep’s fleece or spun wool, fabric or silk — must be given colour. Whitney and Gutteridge have worked at it for years.

Textile artists Beth Whitney (left) and Kate Gutteridge with wool and silk that Kate dyed in London. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

Whitney has been involved in fibre arts most of her life. An aunt taught her to knit when she was eight, a craft she continued to hone through her adolescence and carried on after graduating from the University of Toronto with an English degree, working as a librarian and retiring six years ago.

It was when she came to London from Toronto to work at the London Public Library more than 30 years ago that she joined the local weavers and spinners group and began to explore all facets of the craft, including dyeing.

“We do it (dyeing) mostly to get colours you can’t buy in stores, blends and combinations that are unique,” explained Whitney.

For example, she might use dyes of orange and yellow, tie knots in yarn, dip it in one colour’s dye pot, untie the knots and dip it in the other colour pot “and now you’ve got a combination of two colours on one string of yarn.” It can be knit into a “unique and modern-looking” piece of clothing or item,” said Whitney.

Or, she explained, you can dye batches of fleece in different colours, then spin it and now you have multi-coloured yarn.

“These are very traditional arts and crafts,” said Whitney. “In the old days, if you needed a sweater for winter, you had to make it yourself. It was a very practical craft. Now, it’s much more satisfying as a creative outlet in this busy world of ours.”

Whitney agrees it’s easier just to go to a store and buy a sweater, but if you do it yourself, you’re not going to see anyone else wearing the same garment.

“Today, yes, we can go out and buy it,” she said. “But we like to take the time and do something creative and modern and then you’re not spending your time looking at a screen or doing the laundry.

“You can create things that are very unique, very different and very well made. I think there’s a deep-rooted need for us all to be creative. It’s very satisfying.”



If you go

What: Eighth annual Fibre Art Festival and Sale, by London District Weavers and Spinners, Simply Hooked and Strathroy Pioneer Treadlers

When: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Where: Covent Garden Market mezzanine, 130 King St.

Admission: Free

More information: Visit ldws.ca

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Heritage Woods grad in Arts Club premiere – The Tri-City News




A Heritage Woods secondary school grad who made her Bard on the Beach debut this summer is back in Vancouver this winter for a premiere with the Arts Club Theatre Company.

Ghazal Azarbad, who starred as Viola in Shakespeare in Love and was in the ensemble for Taming of the Shrew, is cast as Salena — a “chipper border guard” — in It’s A Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle.

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Directed by Chelsea Haberlin, the new Canadian comedy by Marcus Youssef opens next Thursday at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre; its run ends Dec. 22.

The production is an Arts Club Silver Commission project and is Youssef’s second, after 2013’s How Has My Love Affected You?

Christmas-ish also includes Glen Gordon, Jennifer Lines, Nicola Lipman, Matreya Scarrwener and Jovanni Sy.

For tickets, call 604-687-1644 or visit artsclub.com.

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