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Winnipeg Art Gallery

Established in 1912, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Western Canada’s oldest public art gallery, mandated to develop and maintain Manitoba’s visual arts heritage. As one of Canada’s leading galleries, it collects and exhibits works of art by Manitoba, Canadian, and international artists.
The WAG takes seriously its mandate of Involving People in the Visual Arts, and is committed to helping people enrich their lives through art. Exhibitions are accompanied by informative wall panels, brochures, articles in the Gallery publication Tableau, catalogues—all designed to guide visitors to a new appreciation of the art they are viewing. Tours conducted by trained Gallery guides—and often by the artists or curators themselves—bring a new dimension to visitors’ enjoyment of the exhibitions.
Over the past half-century, thousands of children and adults have opened their minds and stretched their imaginations in WAG art classes. From painting to photography, pottery to printmaking, they have discovered that making art takes them into a whole new world away from the strains and stresses of daily life.
As Manitoba’s premier gallery, the WAG also reaches out into the rest of the province by touring shows to rural galleries and exhibition centres. WAG exhibitions also regularly tour to other Canadian galleries. Internationally, WAG exhibitions have shown in New York, Caracas, Bogota, Barcelona, Tokyo, Thessaloniki, and Verona.
Extending beyond just the visual arts, the WAG also offers readings by Manitoba writers and poets; lectures by internationally known critics, writers, and filmmakers; summertime jazz concerts in the rooftop garden; films; gian... [ Read all ]

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Permanent Collection

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a non-profit institution held in public trust to develop and maintain the visual art heritage of Manitoba and Canada. Since its founding in 1912, the WAG has amassed a collection of over 22,500 works of art, ranging from a 5th century Roman head to 18th century silver to 20th century videos. The Gallery’s collection of contemporary Inuit art is the largest in the world, numbering some 10,000 carvings, prints, drawings, and textiles, some of which are always on display. All these works belong to the people of Manitoba and are preserved for future generations.
The WAG collects and exhibits works of art by Manitoba, Canadian, and international artists. The emphasis on Manitoba artists helps put their work in context with their contemporaries throughout the world. As well as touring its exhibitions to galleries across Canada, the WAG has also presented shows in New York, Spain, Japan, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela.
A highlight of the Gallery’s collection is the Gort Collection of late Gothic and Northern Renaissance altar paintings and tapestries dating from the 16th century, a collection unique to Canadian museums.


Around Here: Scenes of Manitoba from the Historical Collection
July 14 - October 10, 2007
These paintings show how Manitoba’s landscape has transformed over the past 150 years.

Lost Boy - Aidan Urquhart
June 30 to September 2, 2007
With tongue-in-cheek humour, Urquhart looks at how mass media and global communication have infantilized the adult world we were reared to live in.

Royal Art Lodge - Where Is Here?
June 30 to September 2, 2007
The collaborative practice of Michael Dumontier, Neil Farber, and Marcel Dzama is dedicated to small-scale paintings and intimate works on paper, exploring notions of place and narrative.

Into the Collection: New Acquisitions
February 17 to November 4, 2007
Your opportunity to view some of the newest works to enter the Gallery's extensive collection.

In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Sami and Inuit Art 2000 to 2005
May 19 to August 19, 2007
Artwork from two idigenous cultures--the Canadian Inuit and the Sami of Norway, Sweden, and Finland--invites comparison on many levels.

On the Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada
June 16 to September 2, 2007
The WAG celebrates Craft Year 2007 with a nostalgic look into Canada's past through its tableware and ornaments.

Into the Collection: Highlights of Historical Painting
From 15th century panel paintings to Post-Impressionism, this exhibition is a study of historical works from the Gallery’s collection.

Previous Exhibitions

Peter Pitseolak: Inuit Photographer/Photographie Inuit
January 22 to April 24, 2005
Peter Pitseolak was one of the first to record Inuit life from the Inuit point of view. He was determined to leave future generations images of a traditional Inuit culture that was either undergoing radical change or was in the process of disappearing altogether. One artist, 66 images.

Figure ground: paintings and drawings of Ivan Eyre
April 29 to August 28, 2005
Over the past five decades, Manitoba artist Ivan Eyre has become one of Canada's most respected artists. The key works in this exhibition feature his unique vision and the evolution of his imagery and ideas. One artist, 133 works. Sponsored by Power Corporation of Canada and James Richardson & Sons, Limited. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. Media sponsor: Winnipeg Free Press.

Pegi Nicol MacLeod: A Life in Art
May 21 to July 31, 2005
MacLeod is one of the most significant early 20th century Canadian artists, whose colours and lines weave a complex, energetic, and sometimes discordant, harmony that is uniquely hers. One artist, 51 works. Exhibiton supported by KGS Group.

Shirley Brown: Vestiges
May 28 to July 31, 2005
Brown's invented ‘artifacts’ of a long-vanished bird civilization are a metaphor for loss.This exhibition also raises questions about how galleries/museums present civilizations and how consumerism is involved in museum practices.Sponsored by the W.H. & S.E. Loewen Foundation Inc. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. One artist, 51 works.

Landmarks, Beavers, and Maple Leaves: The Canadiana Ceramic Collection
June 18 to December 25, ...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (7)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Warhol: Larger Than Life
October 5 to January 4, 2008
Andy Warhol is one of the icons of pop culture, larger than life. Working with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Winnipeg Art Gallery has curated an exhibition covering Warhol’s entire career, beginning with his early days just out of art school. It will feature over 150 works—silk screen prints, photographs, drawings, and film. The exhibition will also draw on archival records and art work to examine Warhol’s Canadian connections—portraits of people such as Wayne Gretzky and Karen Kain, and early exhibitions at other Canadian galleries and at Expo 67.

Futurism and After: David Burliuk, 1882-1967
April 26 to July 20, 2008
David Burliuk, the 'father of Russian and Ukrainian futurism,' inspired and promoted the earliest avant-garde exhibitions and publications in the Russian empire


Adult $6
Family $15 (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18)
Student/Senior (60+) $4
Youth $3 (ages 6 through 12)
Child (under age 6) Free
Gallery Members Free

Admission to Baroque Masterworks from the National Gallery of Canada (includes general Gallery admission)
Adult $10
Family $23
Student/Senior $8
Youth (ages 6 through 12) $7
Child (under age 6) Free
Gallery Members $4

Opening hours

Tuesday through Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 9:00pm
Closed Mondays

Getting there

The Gallery is located in the heart of Winnipeg, just off Portage Avenue and within walking distance of the downtown hotels. There is metered parking in front of the Gallery as well as on St. Mary Avenue and Colony Street. Parking is also available at ImPark (the Bay parkade) just across the street and in parking lots on Good Street behind the Abbott Clinic.


The Gallery is entirely wheelchair accessible.

Gallery Shoppes - find hand-blown glassware, unique jewelry, distinctive ceramics and much more made by Manitoba and Canadian artists.
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday noon to 5:00pm

Brio Restaurant and Catering - enjoy lunch or weekend brunch at the rooftop restaurant overlooking the outdoor sculpture garden.
Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00am to 2:30pm

Clara Lander Library - spend time in one of Canada's most extensive art resource libraries.
Open Tuesday to Friday | 11:00am to 4:30pm.
Saturday 1:00 to 4:30pm - March 10, April 4, and May 12, 2007.
789-6641, ext. 237

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The Studio Programs of The Winnipeg Art Gallery are committed to providing excellence in art instruction by offering:

* A variety of classes for children, teens, and adults
* Tours and discussions of the WAG exhibitions that let students see the artwork
* Experienced artist/instructors
* Seven separate, well lit studio spaces
* Three ten-week sessions and a two-week summer session in August
* Weekend workshops for adults which often reflect current exhibitions


Reservations for guided tours may be made for groups of 10 or more adults (including post secondary/esl/ and senior learners) on a first-come, first-served basis during regular gallery hours. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the date of the group visit, to ensure guide availability. Please call 789-0516 to book. Tours can be booked outside of gallery hours on occasion. Additional fees apply. Please call for details.

Groups may request a one-hour guided tour that either highlights the gallery’s current exhibitions in overview, or focuses on a particular feature exhibition.

Admission fee: $6:00 adults/ $4.00 senior or student per person
Gallery Tour Fee: $30.00 flat rate


Teachers wishing to arrange Gallery tours for their classes may call 789-1762 for tours in English or 789-1763 for tours in French


Looking for a way to spend quality time with your children or grandchildren? Join us on Family Sunday for an afternoon of music, story-telling, and art making-in both official languages. Family Sunday programs make exhibitions come to life for viewers of all ages. Discover your own way to connect with art.


Children’s and teens’ classes are structured to accommodate the abilities of different age levels.
Our experienced artist/instructors involve children in projects that develop skills in various media, fostering creativity and imagination. Gallery tours of WAG collections and touring exhibitions give students the chance to see artwork first hand. This enchances their appreciation of artists, materials, and process, and which they can then relate to their work in class.
The fall, winter, and spring sessions consist of 10 classes each on Saturdays or weekdays in the early evening. All supplies are included in the cost.


Adult classes are offered in a variety of media. Beginning level classes give a good basic introduction to skills and materials. Intermediate/advanced classes allow students to develop further and try new media.
Gallery tours of WAG collections and touring exhibitions give students the chance to see artwork first hand, enhance their appreciation of artists, materials and process and relate it to their work in class.
Our experienced instructors have degrees and/or diplomas from universities or art colleges and most are practicing artists.
Adults provide their own supplies for classes unless otherwise indicated. For the first class materials will be provided and a supply list given. For pottery and sculpture most supplies are included in the class cost with students providing their own tools. Advanced Studio students should bring their own selection of supplies to the first class.


Membership with The Winnipeg Art Gallery opens the door to a world of visual arts experiences that last a lifetime!. The Winnipeg Art Gallery offers exciting, thought-provoking, educational exhibitions and programming for all ages.

Individual $40.00
Family $60.00
Student/Senior (60+) $30.00
Senior Couple $40.00 (only 1 person must be 60+)
Out-of-town $30.00

Venue hire

Facilities Rental - with facilities to accommodate large groups or small, plan your next concert, lecture or meeting at the Gallery.

Weddings and Catered Events - plan your unique wedding experience in the perfect romantic setting or host your next corporate event at Brio. Enjoy wonderful food and confident service. At Brio, we strive to make your experience a memorable one.