The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $15 million in funding for the construction of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre, a new 40,000-square foot, four-storey building adjoining the Gallery’s current facility. The funding is being provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The project will include the construction of exhibition spaces, a glass-enclosed visible art vault, closed art storage; a conservation facility, art studios, a two-level interactive presentation theatre and classrooms. The glass-walled visible art vault will engage people of all ages by making the gallery’s extensive Inuit carving collection viewable from the streetscape.
The Centre will offer ongoing education in Inuit history, culture and art, in partnership with Inuit. Through its interactive experiences and collaboration with the North, the Centre will be more than a traditional museum. It will build on the timely cultural renaissance that is recognizing Indigenous art and its role in reconciliation.