Art Gallery of Mississauga About

Welcome to the Art Gallery of Mississauga!

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery that was founded in 1987, opening its doors in the new Mississauga Civic Centre that same year. The AGM presents a changing calendar of contemporary, thought-provoking, engaging and accessible exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists. We thrive alongside long-time partners and welcome new collaborators to always be presenting and encouraging those artists that are established, new and upcoming.

Mississauga has a population of over 800,000, with varied cultural demographics and is projected to grow to 996,000 by 2031. In a city that speaks in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, Polish and Vietnamese among other languages, the AGM has realized that to connect communities meaningfully to contemporary artistic practices, it must constantly reconsider the types of programming and content offered as well as access to where the programming is offered. The Gallery’s initiatives address themes that remain critical to the multitude of identities that make up Mississauga’s social landscape. These themes include the City’s increased newcomer populations, how the art created in Mississauga contributes to the larger canon of Canadian art, the uncomfortable history of Canada’s relationship to its colonial past, the peoples whose land Mississauga is situated upon, and the rise of community interest of investing in social sustainability and access to culture. The AGM supports artists and cultural producers that reflect the diversity of the communities within which the AGM operates, and those who are involved in relevant creative and curatorial research, that promotes critical discourse in the field of contemporary art. Our programming contributes to the wider creative fabric of community and country by supporting artists and projects that may not have traditionally been supported at regional, local and international levels.

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Who We Are

 

Mission

  • The AGM provides platforms for engagement, exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a renewed focus on under-represented communities in Mississauga.
  • The AGM seeks to foster community, transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, and ensure safe spaces where diverse modes of being and seeing are supported and activated in tangible ways.
  • The AGM supports socially engaged art practice that aims to create social connections and/or political change through collaboration between individuals, communities and the institution.
Vision

As a public gallery with a strong community connection, the AGM addresses challenges, makes connections and increases a sense of belonging for many. Projects that engage our community and reflect their awareness of contemporary and relevant cultural topics and issues are of particular interest. The gallery offers a wide range of FREE tours, talks, and workshops for learners of all ages and abilities, as well as innovative youth programs for schools, universities and community groups.

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Mandate

As a centre for community building, the gallery is envisioned to energize the cultural producers of Mississauga and beyond. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

Land Acknowledgement

 

The Art Gallery of Mississauga acknowledges and gives thanks to the land on which we have the privilege of operating on. This land is the present day territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the traditional homeland of the Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee nations. We are thankful to the many First Nations, Inuit, Métis and global Indigenous peoples who call this region home.

The AGM firmly believes that the arts have an important role to play in addressing the critical issues of our time, particularly to breaking down social barriers and forging connections. Recommendation 83 of The Truth and Reconciliation Report highlights the importance of the arts in conversations for the future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations. The AGM is committed to recognizing and incorporating diverse Indigenous perspectives within engagement and exhibition programming, by engaging with Indigenous artists and cultural producers as an indication of our commitment to and actions in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Equity of Access

As a public institution, the Art Gallery of Mississauga is committed to being a leader in supporting diversity, inclusion and an equitable access to all of the groups protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. These include marginalized members of the community who are living with disabilities, are Indigenous or person of colour or racialized, or self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We are located on the ground-level, with accessible entrance, underground parking and with the only gender-neutral washroom in the Mississauga Civic Centre.

Accessibility and inclusivity is a priority for this space, exhibitions, and public programmes. Our staff and Board are committed to meeting the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Any questions or feedback about the accessibility of this site? Please contact us.

Staff

Anna Gulbinski

Executive Director

Sonja Hidas

Interim Curator

Caitlin Anderson

Communications Coordinator | Registrar

Zarah Khan

Volunteer and Events Coordinator

 

Linda Boulton

Administrative Assistant | Membership

Flutra Bushi

Accountant | Bookkeeper

 

Linda Thomas

Project Lead, border crossings Project

Devon Ross

Community Activator border crossings Project


Amanda Low

Community Program Coordinator, border crossings Project

Ana Angela Lopez

Evaluation Consultant, border crossings Project

 

Vasundra Srinivasan

Digital Innovation, border crossings

Board of Directors

Leslie Silvestri – President

Steve Ferguson – Vice President

Anthony Pizzonia – Treasurer

Mary Miskic – Secretary

 

 

 

Silvia Gualteri – Director

Patti Jannetta Baker – Director

Yuce Baykara – Director

Lisa Browne – Director

Deta Constantine – Director

 

 

 

Community Engagement, Education and Programming

The AGM fosters community, transcends disciplinary boundaries and provides spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways. Our approach to engagement is to contemplate, represent and interact with the vibrant and layered lived experiences of the city – its human geography. We are a public institution located in the center of a growing and changing city, and we seek to connect with the diversity of our visitors by facilitating access to spaces for creative opportunities. Engagement at the AGM takes many forms, ranging from panels, workshops and creative sessions, ongoing programs, storytelling circles and more.

Plans, Reports and Policies

Annual Report 2014 | Click here

Annual Report 2016 | Click here

Annual Report 2018 | Click here

Commitment to Accessibility | Click here

OMA Engaging Your Community Pilot Project Case Study | Click here

Annual Report 2015 | Click here

Annual Report 2017 | Click here

Annual Report 2019 | Coming Soon

Lord Cultural Facility Planning Study Click here

 

Contact Us

Address

300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
(905) 896-5088

Email

agm.connects@mississauga.ca

Address

300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
(905) 896-5088

Admission

Free Admission | Donations Appreciated

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

Charitable #11904 3586 RR 0001

Gallery Hours

Monday - Wednesday & Friday: 10am – 5pm Thursday 10am-8pm
Weekends: 12pm – 4pm
Holidays: Closed

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The Art Gallery of Mississauga is a guest upon the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This ancient land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee nations.