Two major Inuit art exhibitions open in May: The Jerry Twomey Collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Rankin Inlet Ceramics.
The Jerry Twomey Collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery offers a much more comprehensive display of the Twomey Collection, acquired in 1971, than had an exhibition in 1972. Rankin Inlet Ceramics is an exhibition exploring a phenomenon unique within the Canadian arctic. When the Rankin Inlet nickel mine closed in 1962, the Government of the Northwest Territories established an arts and crafts centre in the community in an effort to replace some of the income the mine had generated. A ceramics project was begun with a number of talented stone carvers, including Yvo Samgushak and Laurent Aksadjuak (1935–2002), who turned their skills to the medium of clay. This project continued until 1975 and was revived in 1993.]