Vancouver has one of the largest populations of Inuit people in Canada. The establishment of Inuit peoples in Canada has provided a rich culture and centuries-long history of innovation and tradition. The contributions of the Inuit people have helped shape the current culture of Canada and are reflected in the art in this gallery. At the Inuit Art Gallery, you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, sculptures, and paintings.
Founded in 1979 in Vancouver's premier neighborhood of Gastown, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver showcases art from talented Canadian aboriginal artists. Gastown is a very touristy area, but the Inuit Art Gallery's artwork is not the place to find souvenirs of the mass-produced ilk. If you're looking for beautifully unique works of art, this place is a must-see!
The Inuit Art gallery is well-designed with an open concept. The exposed brick and ambient lighting create an atmosphere of calm and induce contemplative feelings. As you walk through the gallery, there is knowledgeable staff on-hand to provide information on the pieces that are on display. Many of the larger sculptures are situated on raised platforms throughout the gallery for optimal viewing.
There's an online shop for your convenience, though a visit to the gallery gives you a greater sense of the artwork offered. The prices range from modest to pieces that are thousands of dollars each exquisitely and thoughtfully crafted. This gallery is a hidden gem in the middle of the city that should be discovered on your next visit to Vancouver.
To view the online gallery and current exhibitions, click the link below.
(Cover Image Credit: "Downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada" by bchow is licensed under CC BY 2.0 )