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INUA is the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the WAG. A wide range of groundbreaking work is now on view in the 8,000 sq ft main gallery called Qilak, meaning “sky” in Inuktitut, the largest single gallery space devoted to Inuit art and culture.
See a dynamic integration of old, modern and contemporary works and experience innovative programming that weaves their stories together.
INUA has two meanings:
• Spirit or life force in many dialects across the Arctic
• Acronym for Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut or Inuit Moving Forward Together,’ reflecting the curators vision for Qaumajuq as a site where Inuit from throughout Inuit Nunangat can, together, collectively gather, share, be inspired by previous generations, and create new pathways forward in Inuit art.
INUA brings together work created by over 90 Inuit artists from across the northern Canada, as well as some living in the urban South. The exhibition also features a selection of works by circumpolar Indigenous colleagues and, in some cases, collaborators from areas such as Alaska and Greenland. INUA also celebrates the past work of Inuit artists, who have always embraced the future, drawn from existing collections.