CORRECTING and REPLACING Indigenous Art Featured at Hudson’s Bay Building in Downtown Winnipeg
WINNIPEG, Manitoba--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions.
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INDIGENOUS ART FEATURED AT HUDSON’S BAY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG
Windows will showcase works by Indigenous artists Peatr Thomas and Glenn Gear
Economic Development Winnipeg and Hudson’s Bay are excited to announce that after collaboration with community partners, the boards on the windows of the downtown Hudson’s Bay building will come down to reveal a beautiful homage to Indigenous art and culture. The featured art includes replications from Inninew and Anishinabe artist Peatr Thomas and Inuit artist Glenn Gear. The dynamic pieces are currently featured in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) newly opened Qaumajuq. The large art installations flow in panels across the Bay Downtown's storefront windows on Portage Avenue.
"We have all worked hard to find ways to better use the windows on such a significant landmark in Winnipeg. As we reimagine how this iconic building will evolve and look ahead to welcoming back visitors to our city, we wanted to ensure this important downtown space reflected the culture of the city. It sits across the street from the WAG's Qaumajuq, which is also making history by building stronger partnerships and sharing Inuit art and culture with the world. We're thrilled that the Government of Canada, City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba have stepped up with funding to help make this initiative possible," says Dayna Spiring, President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg.
Inninew artist Peatr Thomas from the Pimicikamak Territory explains the significance of his featured piece and the hopefulness behind it: "A new sunrise with the new moon. After a time of change and awakening. Turtle Island is new once again, built on truth in the sacred seven ancestor teachings. Ancient knowledge once lost, is taught to us again by Mother Earth in all that she offers."
The hope is that this art installation will draw appreciation from locals and visitors alike as the city promotes tourist attractions and takes another step in the revitalization of Winnipeg's downtown. This is the first phase of the reveal with additional artwork planned on the windows of the western side of the building on Memorial Boulevard.
“As we work with partners on the future of the Hudson’s Bay building in Winnipeg, we are extremely pleased that it can serve as an exhibit space for some of the incredible artists that are shown at the WAG's Qaumajuq. We also hope to showcase additional Indigenous work from First Nations and Métis artists that has important historical and cultural significance to Winnipeg, and to Canada,” added Iain Nairn, President & CEO, Hudson’s Bay.
“Revitalizing a prominent and historic building while celebrating Indigenous art is a welcome way to create connections and begin to rebuild community spirit and the downtown economy. Our government is proud to invest in projects that support thriving communities, vibrant local economies, and culturally rich public gathering spaces in towns and cities across the country.” - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
The boards will be removed early morning, Thursday June 10, beginning at approx. 6am and expected to take several hours to complete.