While surfing and the Arctic aren’t two words that would normally have any kind of association, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s new exhibits showcase the visual inspiration of both.

Opening October 1 at Manitoba’s leading art museum, Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic features treasures from the Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collections. These rarely seen sculptures, prints, textiles, and new media reflect identity, family, and community, broadly showcasing Inuit art and culture. Don’t miss this stunning display at the WAG, home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.

And get ready for a pair of shows that connect Indigeneity and boarding culture. Boarder X gathers new work by Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing to demonstrate how art, land, and culture intersect. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Cantchant (wegrewhere) presents Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee ’s large surfboard installation dealing with contested territory and Aboriginal identities.

You’ll also find experimental photographs by iconic artist and engineer Harold Edgerton, as well as works highlighting the influence of modern sculptor Auguste Rodin. See you at the Gallery!

Image credit: Sheojuk Etidlooie. Mitiq (Eider Duck), 1997. Lithograph on paper. Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection. On long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 998.4.27.

Photo: Ernest Mayer

Article sponsored by the Winnipeg Art Gallery