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Tim Jocelyn, Red Spaceman (detail)

EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAMS

The Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Education and Programming philosophy is built upon three principles: ENGAGE, THINK and INSPIRE . These principles, combined with Creativity and Imagination reflect our high level of compassion and appreciation for the artist process; provide the highest quality introduction to critical thinking and instruction – for all ages. The AGM is a thinking space to engage with art!

 

EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY

The AGM's education and engagement projects and programming aim to contemplate, represent and interact with the vibrant and layered lived experiences of the city — its human geography. As the AGM presents high calibre exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, it simultaneously recognizes a wide range in the public’s visual literacy and art viewing habits and is committed to facilitating equitable platforms that will allow for the full appreciation of contemporary artistic practice by all residents.The gallery encourages and values difference and the nuances of experience in the pursuit of learning, critical thinking and engagement.

 

ENGAGEMENT

The AGM considers art as an evolving platform for dialogue on contemporary culture and presents exhibitions and programming centered on discussions relevant to its constituents. Informed by this view, the AGM aims to demystify contemporary art as valuable only in the institutional context and to integrate visual arts experiences into the daily life of Mississauga residents. Contemporary art knowledge and “art world savvy” as a final index of “experience” is not required at the AGM – rather, the Gallery welcomes multiple views, experiences and backgrounds to the evolving dialogue on art.

PROGRAMMES & ENGAGEMENT

ARTIST EDUCATION

PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND CURATORIAL PRESENTATIONS
Each exhibition offers a gallery walk with the guest curator, artists or the resident curator. Multiple education and outreach programming seek to engage viewers with a casual series of accessible presentations.

ARTIST PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES PROGRAMME (EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTIST EDUCATION)

Regional, national and international artists engage the artist community with presentations, panels, workshops and readings to engage dialogue and learning centered on an engaged professional practice. Collaboration with established regional art resources for artists, writers and cultural producers are aimed to build a network and broaden community support. Please stay tuned for information about upcoming sessions, or sign up for the AGM e-newsletter to keep informed.

 

CURATOR 30 MINUTE FRIDAYS
Curator 30 Minute Fridays occur on a Friday every three months. The goal is to build a series of social networks and support mechanisms with the local community. The sessions deploy a conversational format for artists, writers and other cultural producers to meet and discuss their work, proposals, or grant writing feedback within a 30 minute session. The AGM strives to become a nexus for the community of Mississauga, utilize the new Resource Room as a backdrop of knowledge. By appointment only. Due to limited space and strong interest in these appointments, applications will be pre-selected. Click here for more information, and email agm.connect@mississauga.ca for further enquiries.

 

ART IN FOCUS

Three times a year, a 905 | GTA cultural producer will be featured at the AGM with a talk and roundtable conversation series on their work. Artists and a variety of art professionals will discuss their practice, various projects they've worked on, what drew them to a particular medium in the first place, and what continues to conceptually inspire or motivate them. A one-on-one conversation or critique on their work with each producer will be available on a first come first serve basis. See Events for upcoming sessions.

Please see the Home Page Calendar for an update on all events at the AGM.

 

ON EDGE | COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

The Edge City of Mississauga is on the crux of change and opportunity; what is the role of the artist and arts community in engaging that opportunity? Join the AGM in a three part public conversation series! AGMonedge.eventbrite.ca

 

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The AGM’s <905>engage</905> artist collective is now accepting proposals by Peel-based artists, ages 14-25, to actualize social practice projects in the City of Mississauga. Selected artists will receive a $500 standard artist fee, have access to $200 for material costs as well as the support of the AGM Engagement Team. Funded by the Community Foundation of Mississauga. Information

 

YOUR MISSISSAUGA | POEM PROJECT

Tell us your Mississauga… in verse! Poet Priscila Uppal, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, invites you to join her in creating poetry out of words found around the city of Mississauga. Funded by the Community Foundation of Mississauga Information

 

ART OF YOGA

Monthly on Wednesdays, unwind and contemplate the body, inspired and surrounded by art! Full schedule

 

DIMANCHE FRANCAIS

Tour current exhibitions in French! Organized in collaboration with Alliance Francais. RSVP for future sessions.

 

(UN)SETTLER COMMUNITY JOURNAL

An Artist-in-Residence Project | Camille Turner

Twenty community journals are making their way across the City of Mississauga. And you are invited to draw, paint, collage and write your ideas, feelings and experiences of your relationships to the city. Passed on from person to person, residents will create a portrait of Mississauga and its people, together. Information

 

CALL FOR COLLABORATORS: OFF THE WALL
Off the Wall is a site-specific performance by artist collective Frog in Hand that brings together twenty young artists: dancers, musicians, actors and visual artists. These artists will meet for an intense collaborative session on June 30, then will create performances in unusual locations within the Living Arts Centre on July 1, Canada Day. Deadline for applications, May 1. Information