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Winnipeg to Give WAG’s Inuit Art Centre a $5M Boost

May 6, 2016 1:11 PM | Entertainment

WAG Inuit Art Centre

An artist’s rendering of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s future Inuit Art Centre. (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery

The new Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery will receive $5 million from the city over the next five years.

Mayor Brian Bowman made the funding $1 million annual commitment on Friday to the centre, which will include Inuit and Indigenous art galleries, studio and learning spaces, and artist-in-residence and curator-in-residence spaces.

“Indigenous arts and culture constitute a large part of our collective heritage as Winnipeggers and that makes Winnipeg the logical place to celebrate it,” Bowman said. “The Inuit Art Centre will play an integral role in promoting Indigenous Arts and Culture and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

The four-level, 40,000-square-foot facility will build on what the WAG already houses, including more than 13,000 pieces, with more than 7,400 Inuit sculptures, 4,000 prints, and 1,800 drawings, as well as hundreds of artifacts, ceramics, and textiles.