Downtown lights on a new year.
There’s a new store, a new sign, and a new theme park.
There will be a new fireworks display at the intersection of Lake and Bay Streets.
And then there’s a few surprises to keep you entertained.
There are a few new things going on at the new Winnipeg Art Gallery.
The city has partnered with the Winnipeg Art Centre and Manitoba Museum to create a brand new public art gallery.
The Winnipeg Art Galleries new public space is on a small parcel of land near the corner of Lake Street and Lake Street West, between Main and North Streets.
It’s the first time Winnipeg Art and Art Gallery have partnered in a public space.
The new space will open this spring, with new exhibits and performances by local artists.
The gallery will also host a performance by Toronto-based artist, Laura Mabrey.
Mabrie’s work is themed around urban space, focusing on the relationships between urban and rural communities.
“I think that there’s always been an intimate relationship between the cities and the rural communities in Winnipeg, especially the rural areas,” Mabry said.
“The people who live in those communities are part of that relationship.”
The art space will also feature new exhibitions by local and international artists, including the art of Kaitlyn M. O’Connor, an award-winning artist and filmmaker.
She says that when she first started painting she would never get out of bed to paint in her own backyard.
She moved to Winnipeg from the small village of Lachine in Quebec.
“We always have these people who work on the street, so it’s a really big part of our culture here in Winnipeg.
We also have people who paint in their backyards, but they’re always on the front porch and they paint on the side of the house,” O’Conner said.
The Art Gallery of Manitoba is also planning to open a new exhibition space at the same location, called The Gallery at the Bay.
There, the gallery will display its collection of contemporary and classic works.
The project was launched in 2018, with the goal of creating a space that celebrates Winnipeg’s rich history, culture and arts.
“As we have been building this gallery over the last four years, it has really become a place for our artists to connect, to share their art, to collaborate,” said Art Gallery Executive Director Jennifer Stapleton.
“It’s also an art gallery that’s going to allow us to do some really interesting work that has never been done before.”
The gallery has had an amazing history of partnering with artists and the arts community.
Stapletons father, Allan Stapley, was an artist at the Winnipeg Public Library.
He is also a trustee of the Manitoba Art Gallery and the Manitoba Museum.
“He was very excited to get to work with Manitoba Museum on the Galleries work and to collaborate with artists that were on that site,” Stapler said.
Allan Stopley says the Art Gallery’s new space is a fitting addition to Winnipeg’s vibrant urban arts scene.
“This will be something that we can all celebrate,” he said.
With files from CTV Winnipeg’s Shannon Kellar