January 13, 2024 – The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is kicking off the new year with a bang! Dive into the thrilling 2024 exhibitions and events, right in the heart of historic downtown Brampton.

PAMA stands as the go-to destination for uncovering the cultural tapestry of Peel region. Nestled at 9 Wellington Street East, Brampton, this vibrant space is not just a museum; it’s a hub where conversation, questions, and stories create new connections within the community.

New Winter Exhibits

Step into history at the ‘Behind the Bars: The History of the Peel County Jail‘ exhibit, a poignant exploration curated by Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). Unveiling the 110-year tapestry of Peel County Jail, the exhibit takes visitors on a thoughtful and compassionate journey, shedding light on the stories of those who once walked within its walls. More than a mere glimpse into the past, ‘Behind the Bars’ invites participants to contribute their perspectives through an anonymous survey, fostering a collective understanding of the jail’s impact. This exhibition, backed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, stands as a testament to PAMA’s commitment to engaging narratives that resonate with our shared history.

Embark on an emotional and thought-provoking journey through ‘The Suitcase Project‘ exhibit, a compelling showcase brought to Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) from the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Running from January 27 to September 8, 2024, this traveling exhibition delves into a dark chapter of Canadian history, focusing on the forced displacement of over 23,000 Japanese Canadians during 1942. Over 80 fourth- and fifth-generation Japanese Canadians and Americans share poignant reflections on what they would pack if uprooted from their homes today, echoing the experiences of their predecessors. Assembled within one day, much like their ancestors in 1942, the exhibit emphasizes not only what people would take but also what they are forced to leave behind. The Suitcase Project serves as a powerful reminder of historical struggles, offering a lens through which to understand the enduring impact on Japanese Canadians and Americans today.

Programs and events winter highlights

Join acclaimed Brampton artist Deon Best for an exhilarating Batik Tote Bag Workshop, where participants can explore the art of Modern Batik and design their own one-of-a-kind tote bags inspired by the florals from the Art Gallery exhibition ‘In Her Garden.’

For a family-friendly escape, engage in the ‘Drop-In Activity PA Day,’ where children aged 5-12 can discover the beauty of native plants.

Additionally, immerse yourself in the rhythm of Afro-Caribbean beats with ‘Family Floetry Fitness,‘ a lively dance fitness class designed for most ages and levels.

Save the date for ‘Family Day,’ a cosmic journey where art, history, and culture collide with exhibitions, creative activities, and a performance of the ‘Little Red Rocket Ship’ by Applefun Puppetry.

Finally, mark your calendar for the ‘Figuration Life Drawing‘ workshop in celebration of Black History Month, led by PAMA educator and artist Reynold Thomas, as it explores the global influence of African cultures on art, music, and fashion.

Mark Your Calendar

Visit the full calendar of events here and ensure you don’t miss the artistic excitement at PAMA throughout 2024!

This year, PAMA beckons you to immerse yourself in a journey of discovery, creativity, and community building. Explore the exhibits, unleash your artistic spirit, and connect with the cultural heartbeat of Brampton at PAMA!

With this diverse lineup, PAMA ensures an enriching and entertaining winter season for the community.