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For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2015

Be Free This Summer at PAMA!


BRAMPTON, ON. (June 29, 2015) - Just in time for the summer holidays, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) presents a full line-up of exhibitions and family fun, all FREE this July and August*.

Summer staycation series: 
Keep your children engaged and creative all summer long with these free, instructor-led activities:

  • Canada Day Celebrations (June 29 - July 3): Create fun and colourful projects inspired by Canada's legendary artists, from the Group of Seven to David Morrisseau! (PAMA closed July 1)
  • Art on the Move (July 27 to July 31): Do you know about Peel's legacy of mechanical design innovation?  Join us to create pieces inspired by local inventions, from planes and trains to spaceship components
  • Think BIG, Think Small (August 4 - August 7) Think BIG by participating in the creation of an over-sized community art piece!  Then, create your very own mini take -home version!

Thursday night courthouse tours (8 p.m.):
Enjoy a unique night out with a guided tour of our historical courthouse. Combine this with free music series in Gage Park (across the street) or by enjoying Shakespeare in Rose Garden Square (just a few blocks away) for a downtown adventure packed with culture!

Summer exhibitions:

  • Long Moments by Olex Welensko (June 14 - Sept. 27): A new collection of cinema-inspired charcoal drawings. 
  • In Conversation: The Art Collections of PAMA and the Helson Gallery (July 5 - Sept. 14): Two public collections displayed together to create new experiences and dialogue.
    Opening Reception and Curators' Talk: Sunday, July 5 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Portraits: Moments in Time, Selections from PAMA's Collection (July 5 - Sept. 20): Reflecting on identity through the examination of select portraits.
  • Timeless Creations: Prints by Stanley Lewis (July 5 - Sept. 20): Stonecut prints by the internationally renowned printmaker and sculptor.

PAMA new curators' behind-the-scenes tours: 

  • Thomas Smart (Art Gallery Curator): Sunday July 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Anne Marie Hagan (Museum Curator): Sunday July 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tour ends with tea and coffee and a chance to chat with PAMA staff.

PAMA road shows

Our exhibits and staff are out in the community all summer long:

  • PAMA Spirit Seeds Exhibition: A Celebration of First Nations Beadwork (July 10-16):  A travelling exhibit from PAMA on display during the Pan Am Games at the Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Road, Toronto.  Opening Event Friday July 10 from 6-9 p.m.  Join Guest Curator, Naomi Smith on Saturday July 18 at 1 p.m. for a talk about the exhibition. ncct.on.ca
  • Ignite Bollywood Variety Show (Saturday July 11): At Rose Garden Square, Brampton.  Featuring the Bollywood Monster Orchestra, tap dancers, comedy acts and a free art activity in the Kid's Zone (5-7 p.m.) brought to you by PAMA!  monstrartity.com/ignite
  • Snapshot Stories (July 14-15): Calling aspiring authors and illustrators! Build your children's' literacy skills with an activity based on identity, art and reading aloud. Bring photos from home to create a Snapshot Stories Book that will become a cherished family memento. At Cyril Clark Library from 2-3 p.m. on July 14; at South Fletchers Library from 11 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on July 15; at Gore Meadows Library from 2-3 p.m. July 15.   
  • Brampton Farmers Market (July 18): Visit our table to pick-up a free historical recipe card, enjoy an art activity and find about PAMA's great summer programs!

*Group admission rates still apply. 

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region's culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community.  Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults.  With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone.  Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton.  Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.



Erin Fernandes
Marketing Co-ordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Lesley Hudson
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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