Winnipeg Art Gallery in Canada plans huge outdoor art projection in run up to Inuit art space opening

A still from Kimutsijut (dog-team), one of the videos that will be featured in the upcoming outdoor projection. The video is by Glenn Gear with music by Geronimo Inutiq. (Courtesy Winnipeg Art Gallery)
The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)  in the Canadian province of Manitoba is planning huge outdoor projection of Inuit art starting Friday, in the run up to the opening of Qaumajuq, the Inuit art centre.

Qaumajuq is slated to open in late March. The 20-minute projection featuring Inuit art will play on a loop between 6pm and 10pm local time on Fridays and Saturdays starting February 26 and ending March 27.

“Qaumajuq is all about celebrating the North in the South, and this series of projections is an amazing example of that,” said Stephen Borys, WAG’s director and CEO, in a news release. 

“The light of Qaumajuq is shining brighter as we get closer to the opening of the Inuit art centre in just a few weeks, and we invite everyone to come out for this safe outdoor activity.”

The projection will feature work by Newfoundland and Labrador-born artist Glenn Gear and Nunavut filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, along with Inuit artists featured in Qaumajuq’s inaugural exhibition INUA.

Nunavut-born Geronimo Inutiq scored the project.

“I was happy to work with Geronimo Inutiq on bringing together these wonderful videos by leading Inuit artists today, Glenn Gear and Zacharias Kunuk, who are transcending traditional media to tell Inuit stories on screen – and now, in outdoor public spaces – extending Qaumajuq’s reach beyond the building’s boundaries and into our community,” said Jocelyn Piirainen, WAG’s assistant curator of Inuit art. 

Clips available on website in coming days

Qaumajuq means “it is bright, it is lit” in Inuktitut, one of the Inuit language dialects in Canada. 

The 40,000-square-foot-building will showcase Inuit art and culture from Canada as well as from other Inuit regions like Alaska, Greenland and Chukotka. 

Selections of clips from the projection will be featured in the coming days on WAG’s social media and on their website

Write to Eilis Quinn at Eilis.Quinn(at)

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

One thought on “Winnipeg Art Gallery in Canada plans huge outdoor art projection in run up to Inuit art space opening

  • Friday, February 26, 2021 at 19:44

    Where is it projected..? (Onto the WAG building? .. Memorial, St.Mary, or Colony..?)


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