This post about art in Winnipeg will try to fill you in on the scene in your area as much as possible. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered in depth for you today.
Getting right into the best Winnipeg Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer seems like the best plan. Once those have been discussed we will mention the best local art stores where you can buy all the supplies and materials you could ever need.
The top shows and events that are held throughout the year will also be getting a shout out. A great way to spend an afternoon can be to take an art walking tour or to check out the most creative statues and sculptures around town.
Local art classes and lessons can be a fine way to improve your skills and whether you prefer group classes or private lessons there are options. Renting an art studio near you may help give you the motivation to get the ball rolling on your next project.
Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be discussed as things move forward. Don’t leave until you have seen our map with all these places pinned on it.
Those who are interested can read some of our other posts for cities around Canada.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Winnipeg
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Winnipeg you can go to:
- Manitoba Museum at 190 Rupert Ave
- Winnipeg Art Gallery at 300 Memorial Blvd
- Urban Shaman at 203-209 Mcdermot Ave
- Ace Art at 290 McDermot Ave
- Graffiti Gallery at 109 Higgins Ave
- Plug In Institute Of Contemporary Art at 460 Portage Ave
- Platform Gallery at 100 Arthur St
- Woodlands Gallery at 535 Academy Rd
- School of Art Gallery at 180 Dafoe Rd
- The Pavilion Gallery at 55 Pavilion Cres
- Wayne Arthur Gallery at 186 Provencher Blvd
The Manitoba Museum is the province’s largest non-profit historical and science learning facility. They are well-known for their vivid depictions of Manitoba’s rich and diverse history, as well as their Planetarium shows and Science Gallery exhibits. The Museum’s three-dimensional walk-through galleries are well-known. The Nonsuch, a full-size 17th-century sailing vessel, and the Urban Gallery, which transports you to Winnipeg in the 1920s, are also highlights.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery has risen to become one of the country’s top visual art museums with an international reputation. The WAG, one of Canada’s earliest civic art galleries, was founded in 1912 and is housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown. Qaumajuq (the Inuit art center), which will open in 2021, is a contemporary architectural landmark that connects to the WAG building on all four levels. WAG-Qaumajuq has a collection of nearly 27,000 artworks spanning eras, civilizations, and media, including the world’s biggest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.
Urban Shaman is an Aboriginal artist-run center committed to satisfying the needs of creators by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels, as well as assuming a leadership role in the nurturing of Indigenous art.
Ace Art is an Artist-Run Centre formed in 1983 in Canada’s Exchange District that displays five major exhibitions by contemporary visual artists each year and welcomes submissions from all emerging contemporary artists and curators working in any medium to the annual call for submissions in August. The gallery also sponsors a number of ongoing projects and one-time events, and is the proud home of Flux Gallery and the Cartae Open School.
The Graffiti Gallery’s Urban TALKS Speaker Series provides a platform for budding young painters to exhibit their work. The series is held four times a year and features four major topics, each of which involves an art display at the Graffiti Gallery as well as various workshops incorporating the chosen topic or form.
Plug In was founded in 1972 as a non-profit exhibition space directed by a board of practicing artists. It began as one of the first and few institutions on the prairies to focus solely on modern art, and it has maintained this approach while significantly expanding its vision.
Platform is an artist-run center that investigates the expanded role of photography in contemporary works. Is a multidisciplinary center that supports and promotes artists from the local, national, and worldwide communities.
Woodlands Gallery was founded in 1984 and showcases a diverse range of modern Canadian artists and provide skilled custom framing and consultancy. Woodlands Gallery has become one of Manitoba’s most well-known destinations for purchasing original artwork due to its diverse roster, pleasant atmosphere, and excellent customized service.
Since its inception as Gallery One One One in 1965, the School of Art Gallery has served the University of Manitoba and the greater community. It has been prominently located as the physical and philosophical doorway to the ARTlab, a cutting-edge facility that conceptually frames the Gallery as a venue of both research and display, since 2012.
The Wayne Arthur Gallery features some of Manitoba’s top creators working in a variety of media. Painting, sculpture, fiber, printing, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and photography are among them. Wayne Arthur Sculpture & Craft Gallery debuted on December 1, 1995, at his home in St. Andrews, near Oak Hammock Marsh.
Materials & Supplies Near You
New materials or supplies can be purchased at art stores near you like:
- Artists Emporium at 1610 St James St
- University of Manitoba Bookstore at 140 Umsu University Ct
- Sounding Stone at 104 Trottier Bay
- Willow Wolfe at 435 Wallasey St
- Michaels at 840 St James St
Since 1977 Artists Emporium has provided its clients with high-quality products. As a Canadian corporation with 10,000 square feet of shop space and over 100,000 goods they are constantly increasing their product ranges and are dedicated to keeping a high level of inventory at affordable rates.
The University of Manitoba Bookstore is open to the greater public and has a huge selection of merchandise for the novice, student, and professional. The Sounding Stone delivers the greatest products and expertise to the ceramics and pottery community in the intention of inspiring people.
Artist Brushes and Art Classes Willow Wolfe is a best-selling artist paint brush designer and award-winning art instructor.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows, events, and festivals would be:
- Architecture + Design Film Festival in April
- Folklorama in August
- Art Expo Manitoba in October
- Nuit Blanche in September
- Culture Days Manitoba in October
The Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) showcases critically acclaimed films that explore the role of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a wide range of design-related issues, such as architecture and urban design, as well as graphics and product design. A+DFF is Canada’s first festival dedicated completely to architecture and design.
Folklorama is a two-week festival hosted yearly in August by the Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg. Visitors from all over the world visit to sample wonderful meals and celebrate various cultures and nations. It is the world’s longest-running multi-cultural event, as well as one of the largest.
Visitors can meet and speak with participating artists at their individual booths presenting and selling their art, including paintings, prints, books, sculpture, glass, photography, and textiles, at Art Expo, Manitoba’s largest professional art show and sale.
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is a free nocturnal study and celebration of contemporary art that serves as the kickoff to Culture Days Manitoba. Since 2010, the events and displays have drawn tens of thousands of visitors to St. Boniface, Downtown, the Exchange District, The Forks, and the West End.
Culture Days generally begins around the end of September and runs through much of October. Don’t forget about First Fridays in The Exchange District where many awesome creative spaces in your area show off their latest works. We linked you to them in the art walks section.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique works or learn the value of something you already own:
- Soul Gallery at 163 Clare Ave
- Loch Gallery at 306 St Mary’s Rd
- Mayberry Fine Art at 212 McDermot Ave
- Abbey Antiques & Art at 914 Corydon Ave
- Nunavut Gallery at 603 Corydon Ave
Soul Gallery provides a one-of-a-kind experience of viewing art in one’s own home, with a wide range of modern fine art by local, national, and international creators. This Manitoba gallery should not be missed.
Loch Gallery has been run by the same family since 1972. They specialize in significant historical works from Canada and Europe, as well as known contemporary artists, with a focus on paintings and sculptures.
Mayberry Fine Art has over 45 years of experience in high-end historical and contemporary Canadian art and provides expertise in a wide range of services including professional consultations on building quality art collections, custom framing, restoration, shipping, and storage.
Abbey Antiques & Art sells silver, porcelain, pottery, glass, fine furniture, and art, as well as Canadian heritage items. At Nunavut Inuit sculpture from practically every region of Nunavut is available, including Baker Lake, Cape Dorset, Arviat, Kimmirut, Pelly Bay, and others.
On a sunny day try out one of these local art walking tours:
- Public Art Tours Winnipeg Arts Council at 103—110 Princess St
- First Fridays in The Exchange at 505-63 Albert St
Everyone is invited to tour private artists’ studios, art galleries, and artist run centers on the first Friday of each month and are encouraged to support Exchange shops and restaurants.
Sculptures & Statues
These statues and sculptures can also be fun to check out:
- Leo Mol Sculpture Garden at Assiniboine Park Dr
- Famous Five Monument at 60 Osborne St N
- Louis Riel Sculpture at the Manitoba Legislative Building
- Michel de Broin at 219 Provencher Blvd
- Great Wise Owl at 1 Forks Market Rd
- Emptyful at 251 Donald St
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is located on Assiniboine Park’s Northwestern side and was created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of his wonderful bronze pieces and works to the community in which he lived. The garden also houses the Leo Mol Gallery as well as the Leo Mol School House Studio.
The bronze sculpture of the Famous Five, the five women whose Supreme Court of Canada challenge in 1929 resulted in women being legally recognized as persons under the British North America Act, was unveiled on June 18, 2010. The monument, one of three on the grounds of the Legislative Building focusing on women, was created by local sculptor Helen Granger Young for the Nellie McClung Foundation at an estimated cost of $750,000.
Marcien Lemay and Etienne Gaboury’s controversial statue of Riel was unveiled in December 1971. The statue was originally housed at the Legislature before being relocated to the College Universitaire de St. Boniface in 1995.
The Michel de Broin project was commissioned for the newly developed Jardin de sculptures through the local Arts Council’s Public Art Program in collaboration with La Maison des artistes visuels. The garden is located on public land in the city’s French quarter and will eventually consist of about twenty permanent works of varying sizes, as well as a number of temporary works and an in situ space for creation.
The metal sculpture of a Great Wise Owl, Manitoba’s provincial bird, is located near the northeast entrance of the Forks Market Building and includes depictions of local animals.
Emptyful is a sculpture by Vancouver artist Bill Pechet that is over 10 meters tall and made of stainless steel, lights, water, and fog. It was created as part of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada project and the Public Art Program of the local Arts Council.
Winnipeg Art Classes
It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Winnipeg are:
- Forum Art Centre at 120 Eugenie St
- Paradise Art School at 565 Academy Rd
- Mayart school at 75 Lake Albrin Bay
- Artful Owl at 16-1700 Corydon Ave
- A Pinch of Creativity at 222 Osborne St
The Forum Art Centre, founded in 1964, has always strived to provide fine art instruction in a welcoming environment. At their facility in St. Boniface they provide lessons to the public in the form of classes, camps, workshops, studio time, and forums.
Since 1993 Paradise Art School has encouraged students to learn, use their imaginations, and have fun through challenging, yet age-appropriate concepts. They provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced level art classes in drawing, painting, and sculpture, and limit enrollment to allow for personalized instruction and nurturing of each student’s work
MAYArt-school is a fine arts after-school program that is a one-of-a-kind program for children aged 5 to 13 to allow them to explore and develop their own creativity while also learning about the history of art around the world. The Artful Owl has classes with the goal to instil visual literacy in participants through hands-on history learning.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can potentially rent studio space at:
- Cre8ery Gallery & Studio at 125 Adelaide St
- ARTlington Studios at 618 Arlington St
- Martha Street Studio at 11 Martha St
Cre8ery Gallery and Studio is a commercial gallery and family business located on the second floor of 125 Adelaide Street in the lively Exchange District. ARTlington Studios and Gallery is a multi-faceted historical structure that has art studio space on the first, second, and third floors. Members have access to a gallery and event space on the first floor, as well as an open-concept studio space on the second floor which was recently added.
The Martha Street Studio, also known as the Manitoba Printmakers Association, is a member-based non-profit organization that was founded to promote aesthetic and technical excellence in the fine art of printmaking including intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen, and monoprints. Digital prints and printing are now available at the studio.
For art framing services in Winnipeg try:
- Warehouse Artworks at 222 Mcdermot Ave
- Pictures Frames & More at 1841 St Matthews Ave
- Gallery Lacosse at 169 Lilac St
- But Is It Art Framing Gallery at 5-1609 Regent Ave W
- Framing & Art Centre at 200 Meadowood Dr #6
- Frame Works & Gallery at 1795 Henderson Hwy #6
Warehouse Artworks has been selling paintings and frames in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District for over 40 years. They carry a big selection of original work in a variety of media by local Canadian artists
Pictures-Frames & More has one of the widest range of ready-to-hang wall decor in Canada, as well as ready-made frames, jersey cases, and custom framing alternatives. If you visit Lacosse Gallery framed works on paper, fabric, or canvas, photographs, keepsakes, and even your children’s artwork will survive longer.
But Is It Art Framing Gallery maintains the highest level of work quality and can assist you in displaying your most precious belongings. Framing and Art Center offers great prices and products, excellent customer service, and a lifetime guarantee on quality and workmanship, as well as framing services to individuals and corporations, and are available for on-site visits to determine the art and framing needs that will help your office or home stand out.
Frame Works & Gallery provides experienced custom frame services as well as design and layout consultations. Anything from letters to jerseys and tapestries can be framed.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Winnipeg Art Scene
Hopefully we did a fair job of covering the local art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Those of you who stuck around this long might also know a lot about what is going down around town. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Winnipeg!