Textiles Museum Tour: Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios
Saturday January 18th, 2020. 11:00am

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Ave, Toronto
(St Patrick Subway Station)

ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ   Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios  presents the little-known story of a group of Inuit artists and printmakers who produced a collection of graphic textiles in Kinngait, (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) in the 1950s and 60s - a period of social change that disrupted traditional language and relationships to the land. 
Made for interior decor during a period when artist-designed textiles were popular in North America and Europe, these mid-century designs depict legends, stories, and traditional ways of life. They provide vital points of connection between contemporary Inuit community members and the creativity and resourcefulness of previous generations.  
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ Printed Textiles from Kinngait Studios   traces the evolution and impact of this textile initiative on Inuit graphic arts and explores its legacy through the work of Inuit fashion designers working today: Martha Kyak of InukChic; Nooks Lindell of Hinaani Design; and Tarralik Duffy of Ugly Fish. 
Featured artists and printmakers: Anna Kingwatsiak (1911–1971), Anirnik Oshuitoq (1902–1983), Eegyvudluk Pootoogook (1931–2000), Innukjuakju Pudlat (1913–1972), Ishuhungito Pootoogook (1939–), Iyola Kingwatsiak ), Kananginak Pootoogook (1935–2010), Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013), Lukta Qiatsuk (1928–2004), Lucy Qinnuayak (1915–1982), Mary Samuellie Pudlat (1923–2001), Osuitok Ipeelee (1922–2005) , Ovilu, Parr (1893–1969), Paunichea (1920–1968), Pitseolak Ashoona (1904–1983), Pudlo Pudlat (1916–1992), Sharni Pootoogook (Sharnee) (1922–2003), Sheouak (1923–1961) , Sorosilutu Ashoona (1941–), Ulayu Pingwartok (1904–1978).


The Arts and Crafts Movement
Saturday January 18th, 2020. 3:30 - 5pm

Parish Hall, St Thomas Church
383 Huron St, Toronto
(St George Subway Station)

Lecture series by Ryerson University history professor Carl Benn. St Thomas’s Church is one of Canada’s more important buildings constructed and decorated within the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement that originated in the 1800s under the inspiration of English designer and reformer William Morris and his associates. In this illustrated lecture, we will place St Thomas’s in its broader cultural context through an exploration of Arts and Crafts domestic and public architecture and decorative arts in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada.

All lectures will be in the Parish Hall of St Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron Street. The Parish Hall entrance is down the walkway immediately south of the church. St George subway station is three blocks away. No on-site parking. Limited street parking and neighbourhood parking lots are available. Please note that St Thomas’s is not yet an accessible facility. Please e-mail michael57rowland@gmail.com to register for any or all lectures. Admission is free. Attendees will be invited to make a freewill donation by cash, cheque or major credit card, if you so choose.


Crossing the Line: Political Satire from 1800 to Today
Wednesday February 19th, 2020. 6:30pm

Art Gallery of Ontario
383 Huron St, Toronto
(St Patrick Subway Station)

The WMSC will have a tour of the exhibition by curator Brenda Rix. 

There is limited room so please keep an eye on your email to confirm your place!


Morris' 186th Birthday Lecture and Party
Saturday March 28th, 2020 

1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
(St George Subway Station)

Our lecture will be by Mark Osbaldeston, all about Unbuilt Toronto and UofT buildings. 

What will be the cake pattern this year? Stay tuned!

Tickets are $15 by PayPal, $20 for Guests and at the door!

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We're finalizing plans for some more exciting events for 2020. Keep coming back to check for details and/or follow us on Instagram,  Twitter and Facebook!

Reminder: WMSC members have priority booking for trips and other events that require registration and have limited numbers. Join us today!