In 2016 the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Winnipeg Art Gallery inaugurated an exciting three-year partnership: WAG@ThePark features Gallery-curated exhibitions at The Pavilion, drawn primarily from the APC collection, as well as from the WAG collection. The partnership enhances community art appreciation and audience access to the work of living and historical Canadian artists. WAG@ThePark also marks the reopening of the Pavilion’s newly renovated third-floor galleries. Entry to the galleries is free. The following exhibits are currently on view:
Third Floor • Ivan Eyre Gallery
Wasteland Dreamland: Early Works by Ivan Eyre, 1957-1969
The Pavilion houses the largest collection of artwork by Ivan Eyre, one of Canada’s most esteemed artists. This exhibition showcases paintings, drawings, and sculptures completed during Eyre’s first decade of creative production.
Second Floor • John P. Crabb Gallery and The Community Gallery
John P. Crabb Gallery
This exhibit pairs the work of well-known historical and contemporary Manitoba artists, W.J. Phillips and Marcel Dzama, highlighting subtle, and the not so subtle differences in the way they each conceive and represent nature as a creative subject. Curated by Andrew Kear.
The Community Gallery
The Pavilion in the Park
The Pavilion is one of the most recognized architectural landmarks in Winnipeg, maintaining its place in the heart of Assiniboine Park for over a century. This exhibit brings together prints of historic photographs featuring the beloved Pavilion–both the original building constructed in 1908 and the current structure, built in 1930–as well as their surrounding spaces in the Park. The images are drawn from the collections of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the Manitoba Archives.
Opening March 25: Through the Eyes of a Child
The 31st annual Through the Eyes of a Child exhibition is centred around the theme of Canada 150, featuring ceramic works and prints by students from WAG Studio art classes. In this year’s exhibit young artists share their perspectives on familiar themes of family, friends, favourite pastimes, and Canadian wildlife. Students who attend art classes are from a broad spectrum of ethnic and economic backgrounds, representing who we are as a community and as a nation. Through art making, children from across Winnipeg have the opportunity to exchange ideas, exercise their imaginations, and explore their creativity.
The second floor also features The Pooh Bear Gallery, a permanent display of artworks, photographs, and memorabilia presented by the APC that tell the story of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, and the fictional character’s factual connection to this city.