Since opening in 2012, PAMA's Art Gallery
and Museum have developed and hosted a wide variety of fascinating
Lyn Carter: Cover (art gallery, September 30, 2012 -
January 6, 2013)
David Somers Works on Paper (art gallery, September 30,
2012 - May 12, 2013)
Peel's Toy Story (museum, 2012 to 2014)
Who doesn't love toys? Stop by this exhibition to learn more about the
types of toys children past and present play with.
Water Wonderful, Water Wise (museum, 2012 to 2014)
Water is a necessity for every living creature. In this exhibition, explore
why water is vital to our existence and learn why we just can't live
without this natural resource.
Drawing with Scissors: Molas from Kuna Yala (museum,
November 24, 2012 - February 24, 2013)
From the Textile Museum of Canada, this exhibition showcased an array of
mola blouses and their beautiful panels constructed by "reverse embroidery"
where multiple layers of fabric are cut away to reveal the cloth
underneath. Mola designs are drawn, cut and appliqued by Kuna women
in a complex technique that actually uses the simplest technology - needles
and thread, and of course, scissors.
The museum presented Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits,
Stable Jobs = Stable Communities, an exhibition about precarious
employment and its impact on the community.
A series of exhibitions running from November 2013 into 2014 looked at
tattoos from a variety of angles. The series of shows were anchored by the
public submission driven Inked: Tattoos and the Stories They
Tell, asking "why do we ink?" and Aba Bayefsky: The
Tattoo Series, an exhibition of works by the late Canadian artist
inspired by Japanese and Canadian tattoo culture. Also on display
were Why We Ink, featuring photography of the tattoos
of people affected by cancer, and One Offs, the
photography of Viliam Hrubovcak and Jolie Fejer, centred around the punk
Abbas Akhavan: Study for a Greenhouse was a new work by
the artist in partnership with the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC).
Bouquet and Flora featured works from the
permanent collection. Also on display were The Art of Florence
Vale with Recent
Acquisitions, Mars, Venus & the
Landscape, and Peel Artists: Lila Lewis Irving and
Doreen Renner with Figuratively from the
In the tunnel, Art from the Inside Out was
presented in partnership with The Bridge Prison Ministry.
In the archives, selected highlights of the collection were featured
in Exploring the Region of Peel Archives Collection,
while one couple's story of accomodating Canadian soldiers during the First
World War was featured in All the Comforts of Home: The
Perkins Bull Convalescent Hospital for Canadian Officers.
Two touring exhibitions were brought to the museum, the Canadian Museum
of Nature's From Crystals to Gems and the Royal
Ontario Museum's Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South
Comic book heroes and graphic novels were featured in the museum and art gallery through a series of exhibits: True Patriot: The Next Generation of Canadian
Superheroes, Pow! Zap! Whoosh! Comics, and George Walker: The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.
Transform, Distort, Warp, Explode! A survey of work by Lizz Aston was joined by Pulling the Thread, and the art gallery looked at the natural landscape with the shows Leonard Hutchinson: Ontario and The Tree, both of which drew on the permanent collection. Also on display were Walk the Art 2014 and Paint and Process.
Later in the year, the museum looked back at the past 40 years of Regional governance in Touching Lives for 40 Years, the acclaimed Spirit Seeds: A Celebration of First Nations Beadwork, and featured a community member's collection in Peel Collects: Dolls from Around the World. The museum also hosted touring exhibitions 40 Sagas, about Mississauga's 40th anniversary, and Waist Management: A History of Unmentionables.
In September, the archives launched The Guardian: The Early Years, and in May, the tunnel was host to National Youth Arts Week Exhibit.
Exchange: PAMA Staff Selects (art gallery, February 1
to May 24, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Our Feathered Friends (museum, March 1 to May 31,
2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
In Conversation: the art collections of PAMA and the Helson
Gallery (art gallery, July 5 to September 14, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Exchange: PAMA Artists Select (art gallery, February 1
to May 24, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Ontario's Sporting Past (museum, June to September
2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Sports in Peel (museum, June to September
2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Timeless Creations: Prints by Stanley Lewis (art
gallery, June 5 to September 20, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Long Moments: New Work by Olex Wlaskenko (art gallery,
June 14 to October 18, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
"Wish You Were Here" Postcard Collection (archives,
June 15 to August 28, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Portraits: Moments in Time, Selections from PAMA's
Collection (July 5 to September 20, 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Spirit Seeds: A Celebration of First Nations Traditional Beaded
Work (off-site, July 10 to 26, 2015)
See 2015 exhibitions.
World of Wonders (art gallery loan to Helson Gallery,
2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Mapping Peel: an exploration of maps from the Peel
archives (4 September to 27 November 2015) See 2015 exhibitions.
Stephanie Rayner: Boat of Eternal Return (art gallery,
September 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016, opening and curator talk October
4) See 2015 exhibitions.
Point of Inspiration (art gallery, October 4, 2015 -
January 17, 2016, highlighting works from the Permanent Collection, opening
October 4) See 2015 exhibitions.
Point of Inspiration: Multi-media Works by York Wilson
(art gallery, October 4, 2015 - January 17, 2016, highlighting work
from the Permanent Collection) See 2015 exhibitions.
Unbuilt Peel: What could have been (archives reading room, January to August 2016)
This exhibition will explore never-realized planning and building initiatives within the Peel area. Some topics that may be explored include alternative municipal boundaries, forgotten subdivision plans, public transit proposals, and downtown revitalization schemes.
Included in the exhibit:
- Municipal boundaries: What if there was City of Peel or six smaller cities?
- Forks of the Credit Convention Centre: Would a convention centre be a boon to Caledon, or destroy the natural beauty?
- Mississauga City Hall: What if city hall looked like a flowerpot castle?
- Downtowns: What if downtown Brampton was replaced by a massive brutalist structure in the 1960s? What if the city centre of Mississauga was filled with office towers?
- Trillium Dome: What if the Mississauga Blue Jays won the 1992 and 1993 World Series?
- Transportation: What if the subway ran to Mississauga, and an LRT ran along Erin Mills Parkway
- Fantasyworld: What if there was a giant indoor amusement park, south of the airport?
- Infrastructure: What if a CN Tower was in downtown Brampton? What if kilometres of land north of Bolton was flooded?
From the Heart of Turtle Island: Contemporary Art from
Manitoulin Island (art gallery, January 24 - March 20,
2016, curated by Thomas Smart, opening reception January 31)
This exhibition is a major survey of the vibrant art community on
Manitoulin Island showing how the rich legacy of artistic accomplishment
informs present day artists and fuels their creativity. While many of
the artists in the exhibition are known internationally, they remain
relatively unknown to Ontario viewers. Artists include Carl Beam, Leland
Bell, Ann Beam, Mary Pheasant, James Simon Mishinibinijima, Daphne Odjig,
Mike Cywink among many others.
Expressive, dynamic, symbolic, spiritual and deeply engaging, viewers
will find in the range of styles how the artists connect passionately to
their place and to personal and collective histories. By sharing their
personal stories, the artists provide PAMA viewers with a means of
beginning to come to terms with the difficult, traumatic social conditions
facing the First Nations of Manitoulin Island that are interpreted in the
art. The exhibition charts a journey toward personal transformation and
Spiritual Connections (art gallery, January 24 -
March 20, 2016, curated by Gerrie Loveys, opening reception January 31)
Spiritual and mystical relationships, myths and legends will be highlighted
through selections from PAMA's art collection.
Carl Beam's Selected Prints (art gallery, January
24 - March 20, 2016, opening reception January 31)
This exhibition comprises a selection of Beam's prints relating to themes
around his connection to place and its deep history, and to the effects of
European contact on the First Nations on and around Manitoulin Island.
Artworks on view will be selections from PAMA's art collection and from the
Beam Family collection.
Stories of the Black History of Canada and Peel
(museum, January 30 to March 27, 2016)
Follow the timeline of Black History in Canada, and read personal stories
of the origins of the Black community in Peel.
What Kids Wore: Children's Clothing from the Collection
(museum, September 10, 2015 to March 2016)
From baby bonnets to fancy dresses, this exhibit features some of the
wonderful children's clothing in the PAMA Museum collection. Visit Manning
Square to play Dress Up, read a book, and have some fun with buckles, laces
and buttons! And don't forget to tell us your favourite Clothes Story
on the clothesline!
The Singh Twins: A Retrospective (art gallery, April 1 to June 12, 2016)
The Singh Twins paintings combine traditional Sikh painting motifs and forms, with contemporary subject matter reflecting the daily lives, politics and interests of modern-day Sikhs living outside of India - in the UK and in Canada. This retrospective exhibition, features selections from many of the Twins memorable series, including Daddy in the Sitting Room, Facets of Femininity, and The Art of Loving, among others.
The Singh Twins are contemporary British artists of international standing whose award-winning paintings have been acknowledged as constituting a unique genre in British Art and for initiating a new movement in the revival of the Indian miniature tradition within modern art practice -- something which, in 2011, was officially recognized at the highest level of British Establishment when they each received an MBE "for Services to the Indian Miniature Tradition of Painting in Contemporary Art" in the Queen's Birthday Honours and, more recently, in 2015, when they both received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Art from the University of Chester. More recently, Simon Schama cited them as the artistic face of modern Britain.
Exhibition partners: Sikh Foundation of Canada, Toronto Star, Hydro One Brampton
Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices: Tony Calzetta and Leon Rooke (art gallery, April 1 to July 3, 2016)
Held in conjunction with the inaugural season of Brampton's FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity), this exhibition highlights the artistic collaboration of painter, draughtsman and printmaker, Tony Calzetta, and poet, novelist and painter, Leon Rooke that led to the creation of their book project entitled Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices. In this book hyperbolic limited edition publication, politics and economics mix with fictional discussions involving art critics, artists and even God. The exhibition coincides with the launch of the book's trade edition by Erin, Ontario-based Porcupine's Quill.
Pop is Everything (art gallery, April 1 to July 3, 2016)
Popular culture has inspired artists since the 1950s. Pop Art challenges traditions of Fine Art by including imagery from popular culture. This exhibition explores the imagery of Pop Art through the eyes of artists represented in PAMA's art collection, including Andy Warhol, Sadko Hadzihasanovic and others.
Veterans' Voices: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion (museum, January 30 to June 26, 2016, exhibit circulated by Kathy Grant, Legacy Voices)
Discover the untold history of Canada's only segregated Black Battalion, the No.2 Construction Battalion in WWI. The exhibit will also explore other aspects of the history of Black Canadians in the military.
Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Sports (museum, June 18 to August 21, 2016)
Throughout history and across cultures, play has always been a vital part of childhood. It is important in most adult's lives as well. In this exhibition you can explore some of the traditional toys and sports enjoyed by Canadians over the past 100 years. Join in the fun by playing a game or adding a piece to the puzzle! The core of this exhibition was organized an circulated by the Royal Ontario Museum through its Travelling Exhibition Program. It has been enhanced by artifacts, activities and images from PAMA.
Service & Remembrance: 150 Years of the Lorne Scots Regiment (museum, September 10, 2016 to January 15, 2017). This travelling exhibit was created in partnership with Halton Heritage Services, Lorne Scots Regimental Museum, and the Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin, and Halton Regiment).
"We are the local Canadian Army Regiment. We are your soldiers. We live, work, and serve in the communities of Peel, Dufferin, and Halton." - Canadian Army Reserve Regiment, 2014. Explore the stories and experiences of the local men and women who have proudly served with the Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) for the past 150 years.