WAG-Qaumajuq Welcomes Marie-Anne Redhead to Curatorial Team

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Feb 1, 2023

Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq welcomes Marie-Anne Redhead as Assistant Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art! Redhead will begin her new role February 1, 2023.

Redhead brings a fresh mindset and collaborative energy to the position, with broad experience in the arts sector in Winnipeg, including arts programming and workshop facilitation in addition to curatorial projects at Gallery 1C03 and windowwinnipeg. WAG-Qaumajuq has already benefitted from her research and knowledge through the award-winning Artworks Renaming Initiative, which saw artworks with racist and offensive names renamed by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Redhead hopes to continue moving forward with projects that welcome Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and wisdom into the Gallery, as well as undertaking new curatorial projects that explore themes of Indigenous futurisms, resurgence, and joy.

Quick Facts:

  • WAG-Qaumajuq is very excited to announce that Marie-Anne Redhead will be joining our team as Assistant Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art beginning February 1, 2023.
  • Redhead is descended from the Ininiwak – mahkêsiw sâkahikan (Fox Lake, Treaty 5) and from Francophone settlers, and has lived on Treaty 1 for most of her life.
  • In 2021, Redhead obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English from the University of Winnipeg. Her personal creative practices include writing (non-fiction & poetry) and beading.
  • Redhead began working for WAG-Qaumajuq in June, 2021, on the Artworks Renaming Initiative, where she facilitated the renaming of artworks with offensive or otherwise culturally insensitive titles by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers; she then joined the WAG-Qaumajuq Advancement team in early 2022.
  • WAG-Qaumajuq established the Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art position in 2017, making it one of the first full-time permanent Indigenous curatorial positions in Canada.

Quotes:

“I’m thrilled that Marie-Anne Redhead will be joining our curatorial team. Her work has already been instrumental in our efforts towards decolonization, especially her excellent work on the Artworks Renaming Initiative. As a curator, I look forward to seeing the impact of her vision on WAG-Qaumajuq exhibitions and other initiatives throughout our community.”

— Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, WAG-Qaumajuq

“It is always exciting to welcome a new member to the curatorial team. Marie-Anne will be bringing new perspectives, new ideas, and a thoughtful approach to the work we do. I am really looking forward to working with her – WAG-Qaumajuq is lucky to have her!

— Riva Symko, Head of Collections & Exhibitions and Curator of Canadian Art, WAG-Qaumajuq

“Working at WAG-Qaumajuq has been a rewarding experience, and I’m excited to contribute to all of the inspiring work happening through Indigenous Initiatives in a curatorial role. I’m looking forward to working with the Collections and Exhibitions department to highlight and centre Indigenous artwork at WAG-Qaumajuq, and collaborating with community to uplift Indigenous artists.”

— Marie-Anne Redhead, Assistant Curator of Indigenous Art, WAG-Qaumajuq

Associated Links

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Artworks Renaming Initiative

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Hanna Waswa
Public Relations Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
hwaswa@wag.ca

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