The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s new Inuit Art Centre is going to be lit.
The gallery announced a new Inuktut name for the centre on Wednesday, Oct. 28: Qaumajuq, which translates as “it is bright” or “it is lit,” a nod to the light that flows into the new building.
The name Qaujamuq was suggested and selected by the WAG’s Indigenous Advisory Circle and its Indigenous language advisory committee, which included Inuktut speakers Taqralik Partridge, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Johnny Kasudluak and Theresie Tungilik.
To note the traditional territory the buildings sits on, the advisory circle also opted to give the building an Anishinaabemowin name: Biindigin Biwaasaeyaah, meaning “Come on in, the dawn of light is here” or “the dawn of light is coming.”
The WAG says this is first time an Indigenous naming of this kind has occurred at a major art institution in Canada.
“We are excited about the transformation and naming of the WAG and the Inuit art centre, to continue the process of decolonization,” said Heather Igloliorte, an Inuk curator and art historian, who serves as co-chair of the advisory circle.
“We are thrilled to share the names of the spaces in the seven Indigenous languages of Manitoba and Inuit Nunangat. We are so honoured to gift the institution with these new names that point to a new path forward for galleries and museums in this country.”
Qaumajuq is expected to open in February 2021, and will offer free admission to Indigenous peoples.
The new 40,000-square-foot building, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture with Cibinel Architecture, will connect to the existing gallery on all four levels, providing exhibition, learning and event spaces, a revamped shop, plus a new café on the main level.
The WAG is already home to a substantial amount of the Government of Nunavut’s Fine Art Collection, which is held on long-term loan at the gallery.
The gallery just launched a new exhibit called Inuk Style, featuring Inuit clothing from that collection, spanning different regions and styles over the last century.
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The province has set aside $100,000 over the next two years to develop a public art policy for the province.
Michelle MacCallum, director of cultural development with Innovation PEI, says it will enable the province to commission and acquire public art for government sites such as hospitals, schools and parks.
“I love seeing artwork all over our province,” she said.
“I think about how much it delights and engages and sometimes challenges people when they come upon public art.”
Different than art bank
MacCallum said it will also be another opportunity for Island artists to display their work and earn money from it.
She said it will be different from the provincial art bank.
“This is more specific to sites. So if we were building a new school or some kind of provincial government office building, if you think about it, the building in and of itself is a public entity. But there’s nothing, there’s no art around it. It doesn’t say anything about it, about the people that use it, about what it’s for,” MacCallum said.
“So public art is there to augment the site specifically rather than just acquiring a catalog of the best of art, which is what the art bank does.”
Selected by jury
MacCallum said they will consult with architects and developers of potential sites, then put out request for proposals. The art will be selected by a jury.
She said there are a few sites being considered, but it’s too soon to disclose the locations.
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Fort Smith’s Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre is stepping up to help local artists this holiday season. For the first time, the museum will not only display art but also sell it.
A community art show opens at the museum on December 11 with artists’ work from around the region, said museum manager Rohma Nawaz.
“It’s a little bit of both: facilitating exposure for these artists and letting people in the community know that we have these great artists from the area … but also helping sales during Covid times, because we will be able to put individuals in touch with the artists and facilitate sales,” she said.
“The other thing we’re doing, and I’m really excited about this, is we’re offering a pop-up shop option at the museum because we are a facility that is able to remain open.
“We want to essentially offer up our space in the front part of the museum to artists for whom it may be difficult to facilitate sales during Covid.”
Artists will drop off their work at the museum, then staff will place it on display and sell it.
“This is a way for them to not have to worry about anything, they just drop their stuff off with us,” explained Nawaz. Artists are welcome to spend time at their booth and chat with customers.
Each artist will have about a week to showcase their work. Watch the museum’s Facebook page to find out which artists are featured each week.
The pop-up shop, adjacent to the gift shop, will run from November 30 until December 24.
Space in the community art show is full but the museum still has spaces left for the pop-up shop. Artists can get in touch to reserve a week.
“We’re really trying to make the museum as happening as we can during this Covid Christmas,” said Nawaz.
“We want to encourage anyone that’s reading or listening to shop local this Christmas season. There are a lot of artists who rely on their seasonal sales and this year has been an odd one, for many reasons.”
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