This July and August, admission to the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is free. Join us for the opening of our featured exhibition, Peel 150: Stories of Canada and a FREE kick-off celebration on Thursday, June 29, 6 – 9 p.m. – just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1.
The County of Peel (now Region of Peel) and the Peel County Courthouse and Jail at PAMA, are all celebrating their 150th. At our kick-off celebration, meet Indigenous artist James Simon Mishibinijima, enjoy special musical guests and Aboriginal drumming performances by the Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) and a Canada 150 scavenger hunt with great prizes to be won!
To create the featured exhibition, Peel 150: Stories of Canada, PAMA asked hundreds of visitors: “What does Canada mean to you?” People’s love for Canada came through strongly in the themes of truth, peace, home, community, land, creativity, and innovation. Inspired by these themes, PAMA staff used rich artifact, archival, and art collections, as well as works borrowed from artists, to create this jam-packed exhibition.
Woven throughout the exhibition are the beautiful and haunting paintings of Indigenous artist, James Simon Mishibinijima. His art interprets the tragic impacts of the residential school system on his mother and many generations. Visitors will also experience an exhibition featuring a huge Victory Bond flag awarded to Chinguacousy Township in 1918 (and recently conserved by the Canadian Conservation Institute), and a mock-up of the cockpit of the Avro Arrow created by Avro engineers in the 1950s, both from the PAMA Museum Collection. The exhibition includes selected pieces from PAMA’s rich permanent art collection, among them historical landscapes of the Peel Region, an incredible sketchbook from artist Tom Thomson, sculptures, large abstract paintings and small format prints and drawings.
Additional Peel and Canada 150 Events
Special Curator Tour & Talk
Sunday, July 9, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Family Fun Day
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To learn more, Visit PAMA.