Students showcase artwork inspired by Inuit storytelling tradition at Winnipeg Art Gallery
Grade 4 and 5 students at Sister MacNamara were invited to the WAG to display hand-stitched story quilts
The Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre is still a couple of years away from opening — but on Tuesday, a group of Winnipeg elementary school students got to show off their own art, inspired by Inuit tradition, at the WAG.
Grade 4 and 5 students from Sister MacNamara School learned about the Inuit tradition of story quilts as part of their social studies curriculum. Inspired by that, each student sewed one of their own stories onto a piece of fabric and recorded themselves telling that story out loud.
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"We looked at a lot of different Indigenous story quilts for them to get ideas of how they are told, because it's very different from what they are used to with picture books," she said.
A QR code attached to each story quilt square allows anyone with a tablet or smartphone to scan the code to download audio of the students telling their story orally.
"We really wanted to make it not about writing stories, because kids get asked to write a lot, and that was not the tradition that they are studying," said Bacchus.
The students' art was on display at the WAG throughout the day Tuesday.
The gallery's latest exhibit, Insurgence/Resurgence, is the WAG's largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art and includes 12 new commissions from artists across Canadian territories and nations.
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A planned $65-million Inuit Art Centre, expected to open in 2020, will be one of the largest exhibition spaces in North America dedicated specifically to Indigenous art when it opens.