If you’re in the area, spend some time at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM). This cultural highlight brings together beautiful pieces in the permanent collection alongside exciting new additions in curated exhibitions. It’s a fascinating place to wander solo, as a group, or to take youngsters to enrich their cultural education.
The Art Gallery of Mississauga opened to the public in 1987, on the ground floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre. Since its inception, it has hosted approximately 18 exhibitions on rotation per year. The Gallery’s first Artist in Residence, Camille Turner, was hired in 2013. The following year, AGM rebranded under the coordination of The White Room in Toronto; the campaign was widely celebrated in design circles for its innovation.
The AGM holds a permanent collection in-house, showcasing contemporary Canadian art, as well as pieces from across the globe. The Gallery places a keen focus on emerging artists, so it’s the place to be if you want to discover fresh artistic talent.
With a generous number of exhibitions hosted each year, there’s something for all tastes. Recent exhibitions have included those that focus on the relationship between Aboriginal and Western cultures, marginalized narratives, the process of mourning, global activism, and a celebration of the wild landscape of rural Canada. An eclectic mix!
The AGM offers free tours to schools and groups of 10 or more people. There are also opportunities to attend workshops, special events, and artists’ networking sessions.
The Gallery is located at 300 City Centre Drive and is easily accessible from the 403 highway.
The AGM is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, although there are extended hours to 8 pm on Thursday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Gallery is open from 12 pm to 4 pm.
There’s no set fee to enter the Gallery. Donations are welcome, but not expected. You can also become a member of $50 per year.