Artis REIT

Winnipeg Art Gallery at The Forks

By Lorianne Dueck

Artis REIT is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, one of Winnipeg’s prominent historical sites and major tourist attractions. This satellite location will showcase Manitoban and Canadian art, including a special focus on Inuit, First Nations, and Métis art. The artwork will be featured alongside jewellery, contemporary crafts, children’s art supplies, books, and one-of-a-kind handmade goods found at the WAG Gallery Shop.[1]

One of the most exciting and promising WAG@TheForks initiatives is their creation of an artist-in-residence program and craft workshops for the public. WAG director and CEO Stephen Borys states that the WAG designed the residency to be artist-driven, encouraging participants to create new works for sales exhibitions. It is anticipated that the internship will engage the art community while creating an interactive experience for the public and developing the market place.[2]

Visiting artists will work for up to two weeks in The Forks location, and will be given a chance to engage with local talent as well, exchanging techniques and heritage. During their stay, artists will create new, original pieces that will be available for sale at the end of their rotation.[3] Nunavut Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Monica Ell-Kanayuk, confirms that this will be another venue for talented artists to sell their work and both parties agree that it will draw people into Johnston Terminal.[4]

Not only is this an excellent opportunity for the WAG to enjoy the millions of visitors that come to Forks, but it further diversifies the mix of tenants at one of Artis’ notable heritage properties. This four storey building was constructed in 1929 and completely restored in 1993 to create a place for shops and offices to operate.  Today, Artis REIT strives to create a unique environment at Johnston Terminal with an assortment of retailers and office tenants, both local and national, to complement the vibrant culture preserved at The Forks. Artis has more projects planned for the Johnston Terminal over the next few years that will continue to enhance this historic, unforgettable building.

[1]  “WAG@The Forks Opens at the Johnston Terminal,” wag.ca, June 23, 2016, http://wag.ca/about/press/media-releases/read,release/514/wag-the-forks-opens-at-the-johnston-terminal  (accessed July 19, 2016).

[2] Ibid.

[3] Wayne Glowacki, “WAG satellite location opens Saturday at the Forks,” www.winnipegfreepress.com, June 23, 2016, http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/arts/wag-satellite-location-opens-saturday-at-forks-384158641.html (accessed July 19, 2016).

[4] Trevor Brine, “Winnipeg Art Gallery sets up shop, promotes Inuit art at The Forks,” www.cbc.ca, May 25, 2016, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/wag-nunavut-retail-space-forks-inuit-art-1.3599532 (accessed July 19, 2016).