News Release January 2, 2018
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives Kicks-off an Exciting New Year
BRAMPTON, ON (Tuesday, Jan. 2) – Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is excited to usher in a new year, connecting Region of Peel residents with arts and culture. As we ease into the year, we offer a last chance to see three dynamic portrait exhibitions, an amazing multimedia art experience and a last look at the talented artists in the Muslim community across Canada. January programming is all about warming-up for a great year ahead and getting our hearts pumping through art activities, yoga with new partners 5 Elements, and dance with Akoma Afro Dance.
Last Chance to See Exhibitions
Closing on Jan. 21
- Meeting Her Majesty, Phil Richards’ Official Portrait - Discover sketches and related material created for the official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the Diamond Jubilee, commissioned by the Canadian Government in 2012. See if you can find the Queen’s two hidden Corgis in the large reproduction of the final portrait.
- The Kingston Prize, Canada’s Portrait Competition - Explore the work of the 30 finalists and vote on your favourite by Jan. 14.
- Through Gordon Rayner’s Eyes, Portraits of Famous Artists - Connect with his series of innovative and often humourous paintings. See his thick use of paint and how it makes each piece so unique.
- 150 Muslim Contributions to Canada: This community art exhibition showcases the rich heritage and growth the Muslim community has contributed to Canada in the past 150 years.
Closing on Jan. 28
- Blue God and the Serpents is a multimedia art project conceived as shadow puppet theatre by Brampton based artist Sharada K. Eswar and her collaborative team members, Sonja C. Rainey and Rup Sidhu. The project pays tribute to Vishnu and our planet Earth.
At PAMA, Thursday evenings and weekends are always happening times and are full of ways to explore, create and connect.
- Knit@PAMA: Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. - A fantastic all-ages gathering to knit wonderful, warm products which are donated to local Peel charities. Admission to this activity is free.
- Tours: Thursday nights, Saturdays and Sundays - Request your own personalized tour with one of our friendly Visitor Service Guides. The tour is included in the cost of admission. You can also arrange a private tour for your group or organization, but we do ask that those are booked in advance.
- Family Fun Weekend Activity: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 - 4 p.m. - Guide your family through art projects at PAMA and inspire creativity. January’s theme is about diversity and keeping an open-heart this New Year. Create your own fuzzy felt coaster based on images of human cells for inspiration.
- Art of Yoga with 5 Elements Studio (16+): First Thursday of the month (Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, and April 5), 7 – 8:30 p.m. - This year we are excited to team-up with a local yoga studio, 5 Elements. This activity is included in the cost of admission.
- Brampton Folk Club Concert: Second Thursday of the month (Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12), 7 – 8:30 p.m. We welcome back Brampton Folk Club as they warm us up with their January theme of Fire and Ice.
- Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) Drumming Circle: Third Thursday of the month (Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19), 7 – 8:30 p.m. - We invite you to participate in an evening of shared traditions and songs. Admission to this activity is free.
- Family Fun Days: Third Saturday of the month (starting Jan. 20) - Family time adventures happen here. Join us for a day full of creativity, with the theme of keeping an open-heart and having a happy new year in 2018. Get your hearts pumping with a special a hip hop workshop by In the Mix from 11 a.m. – noon. This program is included with the cost of admission.
- Queer Exposure in partnership with LAMP Community Heath Centre: Fourth Thursday of the month (Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26), 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Join the conversation, create and celebrate in a safe space with the LGBTQ2 communities in the Region of Peel and beyond. Everyone is welcome. Admission to this activity is free.
- Open Studio: Fourth Thursday (Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26), 6 – 8:30 p.m. - An opportunity for artists to work independently, share or collaborate in this supportive studio environment. All art forms are welcome. Please bring your own supplies. No solvent-based materials. Admission to this activity is free.
- Adult Workshops (16+): Fourth Sundays of the month (starting Jan. 28), 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Our first workshop of the year will be presented by Akoma Afro Dance. Move your body to Caribbean rhythms. Learn new dance moves. All are welcome. Members: $10 per workshop, non-members: $15 per workshop. Registration is required.
PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, and to converse, question and tell 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: students, families, adults and seniors. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E., in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 163,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Media Contacts:Erin Fernandes
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4152
Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail