The History and Legacy of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Art Community

Introducing the artistic heart of Manitoba – Winnipeg, a city that boasts a dynamic and diverse art scene, celebrated worldwide for its extraordinary Indigenous art.

As the capital of Manitoba, Winnipeg takes immense pride in its title as one of the planet’s largest public collections of contemporary Inuit art. From grand galleries to intimate spaces, prepare to be enchanted as you immerse yourself in the profound beauty and significance of Indigenous art.


Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq


Established in 1912, The Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq stands as one of Canada’s premier art museums. This iconic institution houses an extensive collection of fine art, decorative arts, and photography. Not to mention, it also boasts the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, as noted on its website. The gallery prides itself on curating exhibitions that highlight both local and international art.

Presently, the museum features a captivating exhibit named “Sanaugangit” (sa-now-gan-eet or sa-now-gah-knee) – an exploration of “art by Inuit” spanning approximately from 200 BCE to the present day. This remarkable exhibit offers an impressive selection of nearly 400 works, masterfully crafted by artists hailing from Siberia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. Dive into the captivating narratives and expressions that emanate from these diverse regions, with a particular focus on Canadian works from the Contemporary Period. The exhibition celebrates the creative highlights from Inuit communities across the Canadian Arctic, including Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.



Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art


Urban Shaman stands proudly as an empowering Aboriginal artist-run center, passionately devoted to fulfilling the needs of artists. As a dynamic hub, it embraces diverse artistic expressions across all disciplines and skill levels. Embodying a commitment to authenticity, Urban Shaman showcases contemporary Indigenous Aboriginal art.


Canadian Plains Gallery


The Canadian Plains Gallery is where the highest calibre art from Manitoba’s esteemed Indigenous Artists take the stage. Drawing inspiration from rich cultural traditions, the gallery offers an exquisite array of artistic expressions! This includes paintings, carvings, sculptures, original jewelry, stone painting, caribou hair tufting, and more. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our culture through meaningful gifts for yourself or your loved ones.



Cree-Ations & Artists Showcase


Discover Cree-Ations & Artists Showcase, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Winnipeg. This quaint, family-run shop exudes creativity and celebrates the beauty of indigenous craftsmanship.

From mesmerizing handmade cards to intricately beaded hoop earrings, every item tells a unique story. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a curious visitor seeking a meaningful souvenir, Cree-Ations & Artists Showcase is the perfect destination. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of indigenous art and take home a piece that embodies the spirit of Winnipeg. Embrace the opportunity to support a small local business that cherishes its heritage and shares it with the world.


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