The AGM is designated as a Category A Institution under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act of the Government of Canada.

The ongoing quest by galleries and museums to attract and be relevant to the public is not new. The AGM endeavors to support contemporary expressions in responsible and relevant ways. The desired effect is to demystify the authoritative function of the museum and create shared interest between the collection and the public. To relect diversity, atract new audiences and demonstrate an awareness of the history of its actions.


The Art Gallery of Mississauga is committed to the acquisition of a Permanent Collection with a focus which is unique to the Gallery and relevant to the land on which we operate and to the communities which we serve. The objective is to build a unique destination collection for the future AGM. From the outset, the Gallery has shown a strong commitment to contemporary Canadian art in its exhibition and educational programming, and this interest will also be the primary focus for the Collection. In principle, the term contemporary is used to describe works of art which have been created since 1975, while Canadian encompasses both work by artists who are Canadian residents, which addresses issues, concepts and themes directly related to the  cultures  and societies which have in the past and do in the present, call this land home.

The Permanent Collection’s aim is to reflect the cultural diversity of the community, with a particular interest in work by Canadian artists identifying within the FIRST NEW and NEXT communities and whose practise examines the inter-relationship between one’s own heritage and the ongoing definition of one’s culture from a contemporary perspective. The Gallery aims to set the stage for this city's artistic reputation by acquiring works by emerging and established artists. As of 2016, the Gallery seeks to build a collection that participates in a significant national and or international dialogue on progressive practise and brings to the spotlight those artists and communities who have been omitted from traditional collecting practise.

Of particular interest are works of art which reflect the excellence and diversity found in the community of Mississauga, iconic and historic Canadian works of art created by artists and cultural producers identifying within the Indigenous communities, newcomer communities and youth communities. An additional interest will be work by artists which examines and interprets the urban environment, identity, social responsibility and responds to the locality or ‘nation’ within which they are situated.


The AGM collection aims to acquire works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies with the goal to offer students, educators, research specialists and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study centre supporting artists and communities who have been marginalized. The AGM collection supports the new from an informed stand point, while simultaneously connecting to historic precedents.

Finally, the Gallery is interested in accepting donated work which support the following definitions; Iconic works by Canadian artists that have major museum attribution or are represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection or the Art Gallery of Ontario or others of national of international note.

The gallery offers an online database to share the collection with the public.








Interested in owning a piece of the AGM's Permanent Art Collection? The AGM offers posters featuring favourite works from the collection for sale. For more information, please contact the gallery!



The Art Gallery of Mississauga presents selections from the permanent art collection. Changing with each exhibition period, these thematic groupings are accompanied by educational resources and activities. With this space, the AGM hopes to provide opportunities for deeper engagement between visitors, art and the community. 


The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.











Beyond 150: Community Conversations on Canadianness | Mississauga Central Library | March - September, 2018


Beyond 150: Community Conversations on Canadianness





With works from the AGM Permanent Collection by: Carl Beam, Robert Houle, George Hunter, Tim Jocelyn, George Pepper, Pitaloosie Saila, and Jeff Thomas


With Canadian sesquicentennial commemorations behind us, the Art Gallery of Mississauga considers the broad cultural impact left upon the nation’s consciousness. Positioning works from the permanent collection as a catalyst for conversation, the gallery questions what is celebrated when one commemorates confederation, and who is purposely left out of unifying narratives of nationhood. The gallery also reflects upon how its collecting practices have contributed to this colonial project, and questions whose narratives have been centred, spoken over, or reclaimed. READ EXHIBITION BROCHURE


Want to contribute to the conversation? Click HERE to participate in the online discussion.



Image, from top: Jeff Thomas, What Happened to the Mississauga's?, (detail) 2017, pigment print on archival paper. Collection of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, donated by the artist, 2017.


Pitaloosie Saila, Auyttq National Park, In the Hills, Northwest Territories (ed. 29/100), 1985
Lithograph. Collection of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Donated by the Estate of Ben N. Robinson, Mississauga, 1997.




The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.