Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions at PAMA include:


Capture is a new series of bi-annual photography-based exhibitions displayed on PAMA's exterior windows facing Main Street in downtown Brampton. Used as a vehicle for the deconstruction of traditional, social, cultural and political narratives, it is a free public space for re-imagining collective beliefs and assumptions about race, gender, and cultural mores through the photographic image.

Zinnia Naqvi Yours to Discover

May 2 - Oct. 20, 2019
Art Gallery Building ExteriorFamily photos of the CN tower with display in front

In her new photo-based project, emerging visual artist Zinnia Naqvi will readapt private archival images into large scale collages that will be presented on the exterior windows of the Peel Art Gallery. Yours to Discover represents photographs taken in the late 1980s and early 1990s of the artist's family visiting popular Ontario attractions such as Niagara Falls, the CN Tower and the now permanently closed Cullen Gardens Miniature Village prior to and at the time of their immigration to Canada from their native Pakistan. Seen as a rite of national and cultural passage, on the way to becoming a naturalized citizen, Naqvi acknowledges the importance of immersing oneself in the places that define the Canadian experience. Naqvi considers such family "pilgrimage" trips as ritualistic acts of convergence and assimilation in which her family first comes to visualize itself in a new and foreign land. She reflects how they too can fit into the cultural and ethnically diverse mosaic of the Canadian land.

logo for scotiabank photography festival
Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography  Festival and the City of Brampton.
Image Credit: Zinnia Naqvi, A Whole New World - CN Tower, 1988, 2019. Inkjet Print. ©Zinnia Naqvi, 2019.


Our Voices

May 18 - Sept. 22, 2019Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel logo, gray text on white background with purple stylized figures of adult and child above.
Museum Second Level

Artwork by students from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel working in partnership with PAMA, expressing their stories, memories, dreams, and self-identity.

Refuge Canada
A 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. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 [d2013.1912.24].

June 8 - Sept. 8, 2019
Art Gallery

Opening Reception June 16, 2:00 pm 

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.

Logo for Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 / Musée canadien de l'immigration du Quai 21. Black text on white background.
Developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.
Logo of the Government of Canada. The word Canada appears in black text on a white background, red Canadian flag top right.

For a Social Cause

June 8 - Sept. 29, 2019
Art Gallery 
Graphic novel panel
Opening Reception June 16, 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, Michael O'Brian Collection. © Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, 2019.


Photograph of a conservation in development, with blue overtones and the moon shining bright in the sky above. Morphology, © Annette SeipJune 22 - Nov. 3, 2019
Tunnel Gallery

A unique opportunity to see the transformation of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area through the eyes of local photographers. This project along Mississauga's waterfront will provide a green oasis in the heart of the city with beaches, meadows, forests, wetlands, and rocky islands.

The late Jim Tovey, Peel Regional Councillor for Mississauga Ward I, was a strong supporter of the project and saw artistic expression as a way for residents to form an emotional connection with the environment.

Image © Annette Seip      

Created in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Logo for Credit Valley Conservation, in gray letters, Inspired by Nature in blue letters. Stylized green leaf with blue and orange accents to the left of the text.               Logo for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, words in black text, with stylized circle to the left. Circle is divided into orange, green, and blue segments.