This week we visited the Winnipeg Art Gallery to see the new Inuit Art Centre and experience some of the many exhibits that are taking shape.
Me, Charlotte Iblauk, Jamie Bell and Ethan Tassiuk visited the Our Land exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. We were on our way home from a conference about overcoming isolation and deepening social connectedness at McGill University in Montreal. We were happy to be able to go and visit the gallery!
During our visit, we got to see an incredible look behind the scenes at how the gallery and new Inuit exhibitions work. The Gallery has a huge collection of Inuit art from all over Nunavut. Thousands and thousands of carvings will be on display when the new Inuit Art Centre is opened.
I think the most beautiful part of the experience was being able to see some of my late father’s art. His name was Mark Alikaswa, and my family was surrounded by carving as we grew up. I am very thankful for the opportunity to see his artwork. It reconnected me with many beautiful childhood memories. The carving I saw was actually created before I was born!
I would like to thank all the staff at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for arranging this very special visit for us.
They really went above and beyond to make our visit special. It was educational, inspiring and I will always be especially grateful for their showing me some of my dad’s art pieces. I will cherish the memory of this visit.
I encourage Inuit and everyone else to go and visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery and to see the incredible exhibits they have. It’s a beautiful place.
Author: Eva Suluk
Eva Suluk is a mother from Arviat and a long-time supporter of Arviat Film Society and Arviat youth projects. She works to connect researchers and community through art and the exploration of traditional knowledge and culture. She has worked with researchers from the University of North Dakota, Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness and several community-based art projects.