The Museum of Vancouver will host its first Mini Indigi-Market on Sunday, December 3. This will enable local residents to purchase Indigenous-created art as gifts for the holiday season.
Anyone who enters the museum that day can visit the market, which will remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, the Museum of Vancouver’s admission is on a pay-what-you-can basis.
Vendors will include Cole Pauls, Estuary Arts, Gay and Pilasi Williams, Massy Books, Métis Beads, MeYow Art and West Side Creators, and Westcoast Cree Creations. The public can buy jewellery, art prints, hoodies, T-shirts, zines, books, and other items.
The Museum of Vancouver is the city’s first major arts institution to include Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh representatives on its board of directors. Moreover, it sought input from host First Nations for two major exhibitions: That Which Sustains Us and c̓əsnaʔəm: The City Before the City.
Holiday season online auction
The Mini Indigi-Market isn’t the museum’s only art sale to end the year. It’s also hosting an online auction of seven items, including six prints by Inuit artists.
Known as the Dorset Prints, they were created by artists with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Kinngait (a.k.a., Cape Dorset). It has a longstanding reputation as the Inuit art capital of the world. Bidding will continue online until December 15.
In addition, the Museum of Vancouver has put works in its Reclaim + Repair: The Mahogany Project exhibition up for sale. The museum will share proceeds with an Indigenous-led reforestation program in Central America where the mahogany was harvested.