Labour, Work, Action. Contemplation

One hundred years ago, from May 15 – June 25, the city of Winnipeg was consumed with tensions generated by a strike in which 30,000 workers walked off their jobs, essentially paralyzing the city. The strike aimed to acquire equitable treatment for labourers through collective action, and while it did not immediately achieve these goals, it paved the way for the success of later political and labour activities in Canada.

In recognition of this anniversary the School of Art Gallery presents a selection of 25 works on the theme of labour from its permanent collection. Art about activism, about work of individual labourers, labours of love, labour to survive - each of the works has a direct connection to work, workers, and working conditions in both urban and rural locations.

Selected works are by H. Eric Bergman, Alex Colville, Greg Curnoe, Nicoleto Damondena, Max Dean, Aganetha Dyck, F. Wynn Graham, David Itchkawich, Joanne Jackson Johnson, Joshim Kakegamic, Ronald Kostyniuk, Vladimir Lebedev, Bernie Miller & Alan Tregebov, Daphne Odjig, Frank Pimentel, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Charles Scott, Joe Tilson, Ernest Wilson, and Wes Wilson.


May 15 - June 25, 2019

June 20, 4:30 - 6:30 pm


[L] H. Eric Bergman (1893-1958)
Spirits of the Past, 1932
Woodblock print
14.0 x 17.4 cm
Gift of the artist.
[R] Ron Kostyniuk (b. 1941)
Saskatchewan Trilogy [part 1], 2001
Enamel on plexiglass and wood fibre.
60.3 x 60.3 x 9.0 cm
Gift of the Artist.

Image (above)
Daphne Odjig (1919-2016)
Arms of Security, 1977
Serigraph, 68/95,69 x 52 cm
Gift of University of Manitoba Alumni Association.