Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

WHEN: Thursday, January 21 until March 12, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

WHERE: Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Gordon Robertson Educational Centre, Papineau Gerin-Lajoie LeBlanc, 1973, Iqaluit, NU, Canada; courtesy Guy Gerin-Lajoie.
Map of Nunavut and its 25 Communities; Lateral Office, 2013; courtesy Lateral Office.


Arctic Adaptations is a team-based project initiated and led by Lateral Office of Toronto, an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. 

The exhibition surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Arctic Adaptations features interactive architecture models, photography, and topographical maps of the 25 communities of Nunavut, as well as Inuit carvers’ masterful scale models of some of the best-known buildings in the territory.  

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. Arctic Adaptations is a nationally traveling exhibition, which is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

Le cabinet Lateral Office a dirigé et organisé l’exposition intitulée Adaptations à l’Arctique : Nunavut à 15 ans, avec l’aide de l’Institut royal d’architecture du Canada, et du Conseil des arts du Canada. L’exposition intitulée Adaptations à l’Arctique, en tournée à l’échelle du pays, est présentée et coordonnée par le Musée des beaux-arts de Winnipeg avec l’aide du Programme d’aide aux musées, le ministère du Patrimoine canadien et son principal commanditaire Manuvie.

ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᓱᖏᐅᔾᔨᓂᐅᔪᑦ: ᓄᓇᕗᑦ 15-ᖑᓕᖅᖢᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓛᑎᕈᓪ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓐᓂᑦ, ᐃᑲᔪᐃᖅᓯᓂᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᕈᕋᐃᔪᓪ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᓱᐃᓂᕐᒥᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓄᑦ. ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᐃᓂᐱᐊᒡᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᓂᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓂᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐱᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐊᑭᓕᖅᓱᐃᔪᓂᑦ ᒫᓐᔪᓚᐃᕝᒥᑦ.

The exhibition is accompanied by a trilingual (English, French, Inuktitut) brochure/poster and an exhibition catalogue, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.



Thursday, January 21, 2016 to Saturday, March 12, 2016
Illingworth Kerr Gallery