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Changing exhibitions currently on display in the Art Gallery include:


Refuge Canada

On now until Sept. 8, 2019A family poses for a photo, 1949. The little girl in the centre holds a sign that states she is the the 50,000th person to enter Canada.
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No one wants to be a refugee. Anyone can become one.

Come discover the forces and events that drive people from their homes, and experience their stories of loss, fear, and hope as you join them on their often dangerous journeys to life in a foreign land.

Learn about Canada's role in global refugee crises from the Holocaust through the Pinochet era up to present day. No matter what you currently think, prepare to be surprised.

Join us for these related programs:

  • Opening Reception with Marie Chapman, CEO of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21:
    Sunday, June 16, 2:00 pm
  • Connections Art & Book Club with the Brampton Library: Thursday, June 13, 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Talk and book signing with award-winning author and Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen:
    Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:00 pm

Canadian Musuem of Immigration at Pier 21, black letters on white. Four maple leafs surrounding a circle.

    Government of Canada logoTD in white text on a lime green solid background.



Exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax. Supported by TD Bank Group.

  • Sensitivity Statement: This exhibition has content that may be disturbing to some visitors. It was designed to help you better understand the many experiences of refugees coming to Canada and around the world. As Canadians become increasingly aware of the current global refugee crisis, Refuge Canada is an opportunity to gain historical context.

For a Social Cause

On now until Oct. 13, 2019Graphic novel panel.
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Opening Reception: Sunday, June 16, 2:00 pm
Artist Talk with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas:
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2:00 pm

For a Social Cause brings together three disparate graphic novels to explore how this genre has been used to raise awareness about the human condition. Poignant and sequenced illustrations tell tales of strife, triumph and loss that convey moral lessons to those who pay attention. 

Lawrence Hyde's Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas, is a dramatic black and white wordless graphic novel of a young family trapped on a Micronesian island during an atomic bomb testing alluding to the unthinkable aftermath. Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas mixes traditional Haida imagery with Japanese Manga in Red, a tale about a warrior-leader who is consumed by vengeance. Brampton's own comic strip enthusiast Ricky Lima and French graphic artist Nicolas Londeix team up to create Happily Ever Aftr to bring a modern twist to a conventional narrative of romantic conquest.  

Image Credit: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Canadian b. 1954, RED, 2008, Watercolour, ink on paper, 168 cm x 381 cm, Private collection of Michael and Inna O'Brian. Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, 2019.


Selections from the Vault - Series 1

On now until Oct. 13, 2019Seated woman with flowers in her hair
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Selections from the Vault is an ongoing series of permanent collection-based art exhibitions with thematic sections that include work by leading Canadian and international artists. This series will showcase the breadth and depth of PAMA holdings, facilitate new conversations about Canadian and international art within PAMA's art collection, and dialogues with our temporary exhibitions. 

Image credit: George Theodore Berthon, British/Canadian (1806-1892)
Portrait of Anna Celista Cawthra, 1870, oil on linen
91.5 x 71 cm
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Art Gallery Collection
Anonymous gift, 1997 Image courtesy of the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives.