Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions at PAMA include:

North is Freedom: The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

Feb. 16 - June 30, 2019
Museum Main Level
Darryl Hogan, descendant of Sam and Jane Harper of Kansas. Copyright Yuri Dojc.
This photographic essay from Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc celebrates the Canadian descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War. Their stories are both personal and historical. These Canadians are attuned to their histories and proud of their ancestors' courage.

"This project shows we are all one family...I am as much black as I am white. I am of African slaves as I am of Irish immigrants. I am multiracial and we are all cousins." - Carl Stevenson, fifth generation 
descendant of John H. Meads of Baltimore.  North is Freedom is supported by TD                                                                 

Image: Darryl Hogan, descendant of Sam and Jane Harper of Kansas. © Yuri Dojc


Wooden building blocks in several colours and shapes, from around 1910. PAMA Museum Collection.Mar. 9, 2019 - June 2020
Museum Manning Square

What's your favourite colour?  Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring colours, their meanings across cultures, and the stories that colours can tell.

Image: Building blocks, around 1910. Museum Collection, PAMA.

Karan Kaur: The Style of Life

Mar. 30 - June 9, 2019Woman leaning against a building
Tunnel Gallery

Fashion, as an art form, has traditionally been under-represented within the art gallery/museum world. Exhibitions by leading museums featuring the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Gautier and Iris van Herpen, to name a few, have shifted ideas about fashion and its relationship to art. Karan Kaur notes, "Fashion isn't just about looking pretty, it's about the freedom to express and the right to own body. I want to show Sikh women they can mix religion with fashion and show them it's okay to be stylish and fashionable while still being religious." Questioning Sikh traditions in relation to dress and lifestyle are at the core of this exhibition and exploring ways in which new ideas about fashion and living, as part of the Sikh community, are changing. 

Image: Karan Kaur of @stylewithkaur © Karan Kaur


Capture is a new series of bi-annual photography-based exhibitions displayed on the building of PAMA's 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

Credit: Zinnia Naqvi, A Whole New World - CN Tower, 1988, 2019. Inkjet Print. ©Zinnia Naqvi, 2019.

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

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.