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News Release: March 29, 2018

Spring is in Full Bloom and PAMA is Celebrating with FREE Admission This April

BRAMPTON, ON. (Mar. 29, 2018) - Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is excited to usher in April in celebration of Sikh Heritage Month.  Enjoy FREE admission sponsored by the Sikh Foundation of Canada and a full schedule of new spring art exhibitions, and programming celebrating Sikh Heritage, Archives Awareness Week, Earth Day and more.

New Spring Exhibitions

Lost Heritage: A Sikh Legacy in Pakistan
Amardeep Singh April 7 - July 2

This exhibition of photographs reflects Singapore-based Amardeep Singh's deep connection to the land of his ancestors - a connection that impelled him to travel to Pakistan in 2014 to re-trace the movement of the Sikhs eastward and to document their journey.
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 21, 12 p.m.

Rupy C. Tut: A Journey Back Home
April 7 - July 2

Discover emerging American artist Rupy C. Tut's personal journey back to the real and imagined home of her childhood through which she explores ideas of displacement and identity. The exhibition features recent paintings and drawings translating Sikh scripture, interpreting popular Punjabi stories and representing contemporary cross-cultural themes. Tut's work is particularly remarkable for her strict practice of past art forms and styles using traditional materials and methods associated with calligraphy and Indian miniature paintings.
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m.

Kaum: Celebrating Contemporary Sikh Artists
March 29 - April 29

Explore an exciting array of artworks created by Canadian and American Sikh artists. During this year's Sikh Heritage Month, we celebrate four artists and their unique creations that allow the community to connect with Sikhi through art.

April Programming

Family Fun Weekend Activity
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m.

This month’s self-guided activity is all about calligraphy, inspired by the Rupy C. Tut exhibition in the art gallery.

Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Beginners and experienced knitters are invited to drop-in for an evening of knitting and conversation. Supplies and knitting support are included.

Pysanka Egg Decorating
Monday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pysanka Eggs are full of patterns and colours. Be inspired by Ukrainian Easter eggs and create a design of your own.

Archives Awareness Week is April 2 – 6

In celebration, we will be kicking off a new behind-the-scenes video series about our archives exhibits, collections and spaces. Stay tuned on our social media channels for all the details @visitpama on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Art of Yoga
Thursday, April 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Take part in the Art of Yoga presented by the local yoga studio, Kaulika (formally 5 Elements). Please bring your own yoga mat. All skill levels welcome. Space is limited so arrive early! Drop-in, included with the cost of PAMA admission.

Sikh Heritage Month Weekend Programming April 7 - 22

Sikh Heritage Month at PAMA provides everyone with an opportunity to learn more about Sikh and Canadian culture and history through exhibitions, performances and workshops. Check the full schedule by visiting or

String Quartet Concert
Thursday, April, 5, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Classic String Quartet presents an evening of music. This dynamic quartet performs with artistic excellence and passion. Listen to the sounds of violins, viola and cello performing compositions by Beethoven, Bartok and others.

Brampton Folk Club Concert
Thursday, April, 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Brampton Folk Club presents a musical evening, backed by a changing line-up of local musicians. This month has a lovely spring theme of Looking for a Blue Bird.

Peel Aboriginal Drumming Circle
Thursday, April 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

PAMA and the Peel Aboriginal Network (PAN) invite you to participate in an evening of shared traditions and songs.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Family time adventures happen here. Join us for a full-day celebration of spring and participate and create in a variety of crafts and activities.

Family Fun Earth Day Activities
Sunday, April 22, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Earth Day Activity with special guests from the Region of Peel's Waste Management department.

Earth Day Documentary HOTDOC Screening
Sunday, April 22, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Let There Be Light directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko.
In collaboration with HotDocs, learn about the most expensive and complex science experiment ever conducted: An attempt to build an artificial sun on Earth. The screening is included with the cost of admission.

Beyond Watercolours Art Workshop
Sunday, April 22, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Unleash your creativity in a fun and relaxed environment on a Sunday afternoon at PAMA. Let the water flow in this colourful workshop that explores watercolour techniques and more for all levels. Members $10, non-members $15 and registration is required.

Creative Exchange in Partnership with the City of Brampton
Thursday, April 26, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The City of Brampton and PAMA invite you to a Creative Exchange in our Open Studio environment where artists can experience a hands-on networking experience. Bring your art form into the studio, chat and collaborate. All forms and media are welcome. Please bring your own supplies, but no solvent-based materials.

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. Brampton. Visit to learn more.

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Media Contacts:

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

Haide Hall
Communication Coordinator
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4152