Sauga Slam at the AGM
Aug
30
5:30 PM17:30

Sauga Slam at the AGM

FREE | Suggested Donation of $5 or PWYC | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom |Coffee and light snacks provided

Calling all wordsmiths to the very first edition of:

‘Sauga Poetry Slam at the AGM

A once-a-month evening of poetry, spoken word and friendly competition. Curated by Qurat Dar and Hamzah Amin. There will be an open mic component, where you can sign up for a 5-minute timeslot to perform, as well as a slam that will be judged and scored. The rules of the slam are as follows:

  • no hate speech

  • original work only

  • no props/costumes

  • no musical accompaniment

  • 3 minutes per poem with a 10 second grace period

  • have 2 potential poems ready as it is a 2-round slam

  • poems do not have to be memorized

Spaces are limited so sign up early. If you’d rather not perform, we’re always looking for audience members and judges!

So go on, let the poet in you out!

Curators:

Qurat Dar (She/Her) is an engineering student at the University of Guelph and an emerging author and spoken word artist. She has work currently in Augur Magazine, The Temz Review, and Anathema Magazine, among others, and is a Best of the Net finalist. Qurat is currently part of the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s EMERGENCE artists’ collective, and won a 2019 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award. She was also recently a finalist in the 2018 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) and the 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS), placing 4th and 6th in the country, respectively.  

Hamzah Amin (He/Him) is a creative portrait and wedding photographer based out of Mississauga, Ontario. Having received his undergraduate degree in global business and digital art from the University of Waterloo, and working with local startups and independent clients, Hamzah is an established digital media creator with experience working in fashion, film, and art direction. He has recently been published in PAPER magazine and Netflix Canada but he also works closely with local NGO's such as Interim Place and Moyo (Peel Health Aids Network) to support the efforts of the local community. Hamzah is a first generation Pakistani-Canadian whose heritage and lived experience are reflected in his aesthetic sensibilities. His design philosophy is informed by the belief that visual design and photography serve as powerful tools to convey the multiplicity and ineffability of identity in an elegant and sincere depiction.

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Make-Unmake Mandala
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Make-Unmake Mandala

THIS WORKSHOP IS TAKING PLACE AT MISSISSAUGA CENTRAL LIBRARY

You are invited to Make-Unmake Mandala, a border crossing: creating parallel histories workshop.

Join Arts Educator Sheniz Janmohamed as she makes and unmakes nature mandalas/land art inspired by the flora, fauna and landmarks of Mississauga.

A mandala translates as 'circle' from Sanskrit. The mandala is often used a symbolic tool for ritualistic practices in Buddhist and Vedic traditions. Nature mandalas are created by sourcing found materials in nature and allowing patterns to develop through the act of making, rather than planning. Mandalas are destroyed/taken apart after being created, as a reminder of the impermanence of all things.

Spaces are limited, register on eventbrite to secure your spot!

Image Courtesy of Sheniz Janmohamed.

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Create your own border crossing comic
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Create your own border crossing comic

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

Create your own border crossing comic

border crossings: creating parallel histories is an archaeology of the present and uses the transformative power of art to challenge preconceived ideas around both literal and metaphorical boundaries. Over a two-hour workshop, led by artists Sharada Eswar and Sid Sharp, community members are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders - geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. We will use drawings, prompts, collage and non-traditional storytelling in a relaxed and conversational workshop.

Open to all. No prior experience necessary. Registration required. There is no fees and all materials will be provided. Register on Eventbrite.

Artists:

SHARADA K. ESWAR is a writer, storyteller, singer and community arts practitioner. Sharada has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally and working extensively with diverse communities both in Mississauga and the GTA. Currently, she is the Community Activator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

SID SHARP  is an artist and illustrator with a specific interest in comics and other forms of visual storytelling. They studied Studio Art and Art History at Concordia University in Montreal before returning to Toronto study Fine Art at OCAD. Sid has collaborated in several community arts projects and installations across the GTA and Ontario, where their favourite practice has been coaxing other people into creating comics of their own.

Number of participants: Max 20

Age: 6+

Image Credit: Sid Sharp, The Banana Tree, 2017

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Second Auction Preview Opening Reception
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Second Auction Preview Opening Reception

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

This year marks AGM's largest and most significant auction with some 60 works of art from which to choose. This year's Benefit Art Auction also boasts another first - with a 3-month rotating Preview from July through September, encompassing 3 distinct installations in the Freeman Gallery.

Join us for the second auction preview opening reception August 7th at 6:00 p.m.

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Make-Unmake Mandala
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Make-Unmake Mandala

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

You are invited to Make-Unmake Mandala, a border crossing: creating parallel histories workshop.

Join Arts Educator Sheniz Janmohamed as she makes and unmakes nature mandalas/land art inspired by the flora, fauna and landmarks of Mississauga.

A mandala translates as 'circle' from Sanskrit. The mandala is often used a symbolic tool for ritualistic practices in Buddhist and Vedic traditions. Nature mandalas are created by sourcing found materials in nature and allowing patterns to develop through the act of making, rather than planning. Mandalas are destroyed/taken apart after being created, as a reminder of the impermanence of all things.

Spaces are limited, register on eventbrite to secure your spot!

Image Courtesy of Sheniz Janmohamed

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Make-Unmake Mandala
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Make-Unmake Mandala

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

You are invited to Make-Unmake Mandala, a border crossing: creating parallel histories workshop.

Join Arts Educator Sheniz Janmohamed as she makes and unmakes nature mandalas/land art inspired by the flora, fauna and landmarks of Mississauga.

A mandala translates as 'circle' from Sanskrit. The mandala is often used a symbolic tool for ritualistic practices in Buddhist and Vedic traditions. Nature mandalas are created by sourcing found materials in nature and allowing patterns to develop through the act of making, rather than planning. Mandalas are destroyed/taken apart after being created, as a reminder of the impermanence of all things.

Spaces are limited, register on eventbrite to secure your spot!

Image Courtesy of Sheniz Janmohamed.

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Summer Exhibition Opening Reception
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Exhibition Opening Reception

Please join us at the opening reception of our Summer Exhibitions on Thursday, July 11 for Inaabiwan and E.M.A.R. LAB- an incubation space. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.

Coming from Toronto and need a ride? Get on our FREE SHUTTLE BUS from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your seat!

The AGM is a barrier-free space with an all-gender washroom.

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Annual General Meeting
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Annual General Meeting

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

The Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Annual General Meeting is open to the public and we invite you to look back at the wonderful 2018 we had.

Sign in will begin at 6:30, the meeting will start at 7pm ending approximately 8:30pm.

Questions? Email agm.connect@mississauga.ca

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Create your own border crossing comic
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Create your own border crossing comic

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

Create your own border crossing comic

border crossings: creating parallel histories is an archaeology of the present and uses the transformative power of art to challenge preconceived ideas around both literal and metaphorical boundaries. Over a two-hour workshop, led by artists Sharada Eswar and Sid Sharp, community members are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders - geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. We will use drawings, prompts, collage and non-traditional storytelling in a relaxed and conversational workshop.

Open to all. No prior experience necessary. Registration required. There is no fees and all materials will be provided. Register on Eventbrite.

Artists:

SHARADA K. ESWAR is a writer, storyteller, singer and community arts practitioner. Sharada has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally and working extensively with diverse communities both in Mississauga and the GTA. Currently, she is the Community Activator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

SID SHARP  is an artist and illustrator with a specific interest in comics and other forms of visual storytelling. They studied Studio Art and Art History at Concordia University in Montreal before returning to Toronto study Fine Art at OCAD. Sid has collaborated in several community arts projects and installations across the GTA and Ontario, where their favourite practice has been coaxing other people into creating comics of their own.

Number of participants: Max 20

Age: 6+

Image Credit: Sid Sharp, The Banana Tree, 2017


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Make-Unmake Mandala
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

Make-Unmake Mandala

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

You are invited to Make-Unmake Mandala, a border crossing: creating parallel histories workshop.

Join Arts Educator Sheniz Janmohamed as she makes and unmakes nature mandalas/land art inspired by the flora, fauna and landmarks of Mississauga.

A mandala translates as 'circle' from Sanskrit. The mandala is often used a symbolic tool for ritualistic practices in Buddhist and Vedic traditions. Nature mandalas are created by sourcing found materials in nature and allowing patterns to develop through the act of making, rather than planning. Mandalas are destroyed/taken apart after being created, as a reminder of the impermanence of all things.

Spaces are limited, register on eventbrite to secure your spot!

Image Courtesy of Sheniz Janmohamed.

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Peel In Colour and QTBIPOC Arts and Crafts
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Peel In Colour and QTBIPOC Arts and Crafts

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Tea and Snacks Provided

In collaboration with Peel in Colour and QTBIPOC sauga, the AGM is hosting its monthly evening of crafting, conversation and connection! Join us for a low-key crafting session where we will explore through conversation and arts themes that relate to the AGM’s current exhibitions.  

QTBIPOC sauga is a grassroots gathering of queer, trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities from across Peel.

For more information reach out to QTBIPOC sauga at qtbipocsauga@gmail.com

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Rescheduled: Guest storyteller Suzanne Coles at AGM Tot Spot!
May
17
10:00 AM10:00

Rescheduled: Guest storyteller Suzanne Coles at AGM Tot Spot!

This event will be rescheduled for a later date. We apologise for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you and your little ones at the new date!

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom

Bring your little ones to AGM Tot Spot!

Join us for an engaging story telling performance with guest storyteller Suzanne Coles on May 17th from 10 - 11 a.m.

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Create your own border crossing comic
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Create your own border crossing comic

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

Create your own border crossing comic

border crossings: creating parallel histories is an archaeology of the present and uses the transformative power of art to challenge preconceived ideas around both literal and metaphorical boundaries. Over a two-hour workshop, led by artists Sharada Eswar and Sid Sharp, community members are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders - geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. We will use drawings, prompts, collage and non-traditional storytelling in a relaxed and conversational workshop.

Open to all. No prior experience necessary. Registration required. There is no fees and all materials will be provided. Register on Eventbrite.

Artists:

SHARADA K. ESWAR is a writer, storyteller, singer and community arts practitioner. Sharada has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally and working extensively with diverse communities both in Mississauga and the GTA. Currently, she is the Community Activator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

SID SHARP  is an artist and illustrator with a specific interest in comics and other forms of visual storytelling. They studied Studio Art and Art History at Concordia University in Montreal before returning to Toronto study Fine Art at OCAD. Sid has collaborated in several community arts projects and installations across the GTA and Ontario, where their favourite practice has been coaxing other people into creating comics of their own.

Number of participants: Max 20

Age: 6+

Workshop Dates:

June 13, July 11, August 8, August 22, September 15, September 19, October 17, November 14

Image Credit: Sid Sharp, The Banana Tree, 2017

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Peel in Colour and QTBIPOC Arts and Crafts
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Peel in Colour and QTBIPOC Arts and Crafts

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Tea and Snacks Provided

In collaboration with Peel in Colour and QTBIPOC sauga, the AGM is hosting its monthly evening of crafting, conversation and connection! Join us for a low-key crafting session where we will explore through conversation and arts themes that relate to the AGM’s current exhibitions.  

QTBIPOC sauga is a grassroots gathering of queer, trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities from across Peel.

For more information reach out to QTBIPOC sauga at qtbipocsauga@gmail.com

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Create your own border crossing comic
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Create your own border crossing comic

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

Create your own border crossing comic

border crossings: creating parallel histories is an archaeology of the present and uses the transformative power of art to challenge preconceived ideas around both literal and metaphorical boundaries. Over a two-hour workshop, led by artists Sharada Eswar and Sid Sharp, community members are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders - geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. We will use drawings, prompts, collage and non-traditional storytelling in a relaxed and conversational workshop.

Open to all. No prior experience necessary. Registration required. There is no fees and all materials will be provided. Register on Eventbrite.

Artists:

SHARADA K. ESWAR is a writer, storyteller, singer and community arts practitioner. Sharada has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally and working extensively with diverse communities both in Mississauga and the GTA. Currently, she is the Community Activator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

SID SHARP  is an artist and illustrator with a specific interest in comics and other forms of visual storytelling. They studied Studio Art and Art History at Concordia University in Montreal before returning to Toronto study Fine Art at OCAD. Sid has collaborated in several community arts projects and installations across the GTA and Ontario, where their favourite practice has been coaxing other people into creating comics of their own.

Number of participants: Max 20

Age: 6+

Image Credit: Sid Sharp, The Banana Tree, 2017

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Guest Curator Tour with Rhéanne Chartrand
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

Guest Curator Tour with Rhéanne Chartrand

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

Please join us on Saturday, April 6th for a tour of one of our spring exhibitions, niigaanikwewag, led by Guest Curator, Rhéanne Chartrand.

niigaanikwewag brings together notable works by senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists to celebrate past, present, and future generations of kwes as integral to sustaining the creative spirit of Indigenous communities.

Image Credit: Aylan Couchie, it beats inside all who speak for those who can’t (detail), mixed media, 2014.

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Press Conference for border crossings: creating parallel histories
Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

Press Conference for border crossings: creating parallel histories

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

On Friday April 5th , the Art Gallery of Mississauga welcomes the community alongside members of the press and local politicians to celebrate the AGM’s successful securement of the highly competitive Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant. This significant grant supports the delivery of a community engaged project that builds upon the success of the AGM’s proven model with a $434,000 grant over 36 months to assist with staffing and program costs involved, expanding on an empowering community arts initiative.

This project engages with the ‘archeology of the present’ and activates at the AGM and across and within Mississauga’s diverse communities through multidisciplinary workshops centering the idea of borders as a conduit for connectivity through the act of storytelling. Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative supports individual engagement with community-based arts creation, and will impact on the lives of 10,500 people in the community.

border crossings creator’s Sharada Eswar alongside AGM’s Director and Curator Mandy Salter, Local MPP Natalia Kusendova, MP Deepak Anand and Mayor Bonnie Crombie will attend to celebrate this accomplishment that has secured $434,000 over the coming three years.

The AGM’s border crossings project will activate workshops at the gallery and within the community, engaging with multidisciplinary professional artists and emerging mentees alongside diverse community members and groups. border crossings celebrates the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s commitment to creating connections and providing supports for diverse creatives and communities positioning art as a common denominator. This vital initiative engages with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and communities to activate ideas through multidisciplinary art forms. The project intends to create platforms for personal and collective reconciliation and questions colonial narratives by presenting parallel histories and stories, while exploring relationships between the spiritual, the uncanny and the every day.

“border crossings is an exploration of what it means to reach across borders and make them known, to lean into them and share what lies in between and on either side of these individual and shared experiences,” said Sharada Eswar, multi-disciplinary artist and AGM’s Community Activator. “border crossings is a timely and sensitive project” said Mandy Salter, AGM Director/Curator “ which centers the community in its commitment to building a more relational and accessible institution.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Image Credit: Sid Sharp, The Swimmer, 2017

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Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

The AGM is delighted to present three new exhibitions.

Please join us in celebration and the opening reception on Thursday, March 28, 6-9. Remarks: 7pm.

Coming from Toronto and need a ride? Get on our FREE SHUTTLE BUS from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto.

Image Credit: Aylan Couchie, it beats inside all who speak for those who can’t (detail), mixed media, 2014.

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Unconference | In the Queer Circle
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Unconference | In the Queer Circle

Speaker: Curator, Suzanne Carte

Suzanne Carte is an award-winning curator and art critic and has curated exhibitions in public spaces, artist-run centres, and commercial and public art galleries. Her collaborative work examines what it means to be an activist and how to communicate to an audience and/or opposition with new strategies, queer strategies.

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Community Conversation #5: On the Queer Wall
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Community Conversation #5: On the Queer Wall

Speaker: 10x10 Curator, James Fowler

Join us at the Art Gallery of Mississauga as artist and curator James Fowler shares his 10X10 Photography Project where each year, ten queer and trans photographers are selected to take portraits of ten queer and trans people whom they wish to celebrate for their contributions to the arts. 

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Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Art Crit

Art Crit at the AGM forum for artists to put forth a body of work that is in development, for critique and discussion by peers and art community members. There is no fee to participate.

Due to time and space constraints, a maximum of 6 artists will be selected to participate. Participating artists are responsible for the transport of their work to the gallery, and must arrive at 12 PM. The Crit will begin promptly at 2PM, with each artist given 10 minutes to present their work, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Artists interested in having their work critiqued, please submit a digital submission (guidelines below) by February 26th. Members of the arts community (artists, curators, educators, students, critics) interested in contributing to the discussion, please contact agm.connect@mississauga.ca

Guidelines for submission

Only digital submissions will be accepted. Please email to agm.connect@mississauga.ca with the subject line “AGM Art Crit”. Submissions must include an artist statement, relating to the submitted series of works.

Submissions are due by 5 pm Tuesday February 26th. Selected artists will be notified by Friday February 28th.

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Community Conversation #4: Off the Queer Wall
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Community Conversation #4: Off the Queer Wall

Speaker: Artist, James Fowler

AGM is excited to welcome James Fowler, an acclaimed artist, curator, and founder of the 10x10 Photography Project. His work brings together arts professionals and the public for social and academic dialogues, development, mentorship and community building and celebrates the true complexity of work being created by queer Canadian artists. 

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Fay and Fluffy's Storytime at AGM Tot Spot!
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Fay and Fluffy's Storytime at AGM Tot Spot!

We are sooooo very excited for our next AGM Tot Spot! Join us on Friday, September 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 am for lotsa laughs through storytelling with our very special guests.

Drag stars Fay Slift + Fluffy Soufflé invite you and the kids in your life to a special event with books and fun! Fay & Fluffy's Storytime is great for kids and adults of all ages.

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Sign Making at Take Back the Night Peel
Sep
10
4:00 PM16:00

Sign Making at Take Back the Night Peel

Join the AGM and Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse, as we gather to connect and make signs in advance of the annual Take Back The Night Peel 2018.

All are welcome to learn more about how to end gender-based violence locally.

All supplies provided, no artistic skills needed – just bring yourself!

Barrier-free space. All gender washroom

About Take Back the Night Peel
Taking place on September 13 @ Malton Community Centre, TBTN Peel is organized by the Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse, and is an annual event held in communities nationwide. The event includes rallies, marches, and vigils where survivors and supporters alike united to demand an end to all forms of gender based violence.

TBTN is an inclusive and welcoming space. Trans people, genderqueer people, 2Spirit people, nonbinary people and cisgender women/girls of all ages and community members/representatives of all communities are welcomed.

TBTN Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1901265650177819/

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border crossings: a community engagement lab Workshops
Sep
8
to Oct 24

border crossings: a community engagement lab Workshops

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come share your stories and experiences with crossing borders. Use words and story prompts to explore what is a border? What does a "border crossing" mean? Why do we need borders? When does a border become a border? Participants will imagine, and express their differing and intersecting border crossing stories. No previous experience required.

Workshops:

South Common Library: Sat, Sept 8; 2-3:30 pm
Central Library, Ground FL: Thu, Sept 13; 6:30-8 pm
Central Library, Ground FL: Sat, Sept 22; 11 am-12:30 pm
Port Credit Library: Thu, Oct 11; 6:30-8 pm
Sheridan Library: Wed, Oct 24; 10-11 am

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shift CTRL engagement hub
Sep
6
to Sep 30

shift CTRL engagement hub

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

All are welcome to enter the XIT-RM to learn, reflect and interact.
Share your perspectives on art, politics and belonging through the AGM’s engagement hub.

shift CTRL
September 6 – September 30: responding to the city we are in
Curated by Anu Radha Verma

Gallery spaces are often conceived of as separate(d) from communities, requiring community members to cross a threshold to enter, engage and be included. shift CTRL is a search for the liminal space, not simply inviting people in, but recognizing the ways in which the institution is always a part of community. Over three months, the XIT-RM is transformed into a multi-use space for shift CTRL with three distinct components that ask questions, celebrate community and challenge barriers.

responding to the city we are in: engagement hub on art, politics and belonging
September 6 – September 30

shift CTRL: Make It Mindful
October 1 – October 31

shift CTRL B(l)ackspace: Kadeem Dunn’s playable showcase examines the past/present of Blacks in gaming
November 1 – December 21

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Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception and Artist Talk

Please join us for the opening reception of our Fall exhibitions shift CTRL and Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig. On the same night, Bonnie Devine will give an artist talk about her art practice and exhibition at the AGM. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.

Councillor King-Jamieson will open the exhibition and welcome all guests at approximately 6:45 PM. Artist and Curator Talk will begin at approximately 7:00 PM, followed by community discussion. 

Coming from Toronto and need a ride? Get on our FREE SHUTTLE BUS from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your seat!

The AGM is a barrier-free space with an all-gender washroom.

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Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig
September 6 – December 21, 2018 | Guest-curated by Raven Davis

In this project, Bonnie Devine uses various media and mapping strategies to explore the complex colonial histories of the north shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, which include the cities of Mississauga and Toronto and the traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations of the Grand River). 

Through the combination of a series of scrolls, maps, media, and braided reeds, Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig aims to reconnect and ground us on the traditional territory and land we benefit from, live on, and call home.

ARTIST BIO
A member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, an Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron, Bonnie Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions she witnessed as a child. Her art explores issues of land and environment, treaty and history. She is an artist, curator, writer, and educator. Though formally educated at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, her most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield. Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Russia, Europe, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing.

CURATOR BIO
Raven Davis is an Indigenous, multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, human rights speaker and community educator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Toronto and currently works and lives between Halifax and Toronto. A parent of three sons, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

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shift CTRL
September 6 – December 21, 2018 | Curated by Anu Radha Verma

Gallery spaces are often conceived of as separate(d) from communities, requiring community members to cross a threshold to enter, engage and be included. shift CTRL is a search for the liminal space, not simply inviting people in, but recognizing the ways in which the institution is always a part of community. Over three months, the XIT-RM is transformed into a multi-use space for shift CTRL with three distinct components that ask questions, celebrate community and challenge barriers. 

responding to the city we are in: engagement hub on art, politics and belonging
September 6 – September 30

community collaborations: short-run exhibitions with local groups committed to social change
October 1 – October 31

shift CTRL B(l)ackspace: Kadeem Dunn’s playable showcase examines the past/present of Blacks in gaming
November 1 – December 21

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Image: Bonnie Devine, Titled/Untitled, (detail), ink and crayon on paper, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Map courtesy of Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

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Closing Celebration of Summer Exhibitions
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Closing Celebration of Summer Exhibitions

FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Refreshments Provided

For the past seven weeks, artists from our Summer exhibitions have been working with diverse Mississauga residents and communities to create and animate our evolving, interactive gallery - border crossings: travelling along the in between, exploring and expressing differing and intersecting border crossing stories.

Come to the AGM on Saturday afternoon for the Closing Celebration of this project and our Summer Exhibitions, Lisa Hirmer’s In Case of Emergency and UNRULY: Jasmine Noseworthy Persaud | Harmeet Rehal in the XIT-RM. Spend time with the exhibitions, listen to the stories, share your own story. Enjoy some refreshments and join us as we bid farewell to our summer exhibitions!

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