The Art Gallery of Mississauga is committed to the development of a Permanent Collection with a focus which is unique to the Gallery and begins to focus on creating a destination collection for the future AGM. The aim is to reflect the cultural diversity of the community, with a particular interest in work by Canadian artists which examines the inter-relationship between one’s own heritage and the ongoing definition of one’s culture from a contemporary perspective. The AGM is designated as a Category A Institution under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act of the Government of Canada.


As of 2014, the Gallery seeks to build a collection that participates in a significant national or international dialogue on photography and its conceptual and material possibilities. 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 and digital or lens based | photographic artworks. An additional interest will be work by artists which examines and interprets the urban environment, identity and experimental noteworthy works representing a period of time, movements and concepts in Canadian Art history.


The AGM collection aims to present projects and exhibitions and acquiring 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 on digital and lens based images and photography. It is understood that as artists continue to experiment with new technology which is representative of its time – new forms and visual experiences will arise and challenge modes of accepted production. The AGM collection must absorb the new from an informed stand point, while simultaneously connect to historic precedents.


Lens based works and photographic works are any given method of producing an image whether historical print and film or digital and new media methods of production. Not limited too conceptual works, performance based documentation, photojournalism, landscape and other emergent styles. Photography processes for collection are Albumen, autochrome, c-type print, calotype, carbon print, collage and montage, cyanotype, digital print, dye destruction print, poloroid, gelatin silver print among others. Digital based works are not limited to film, video, sound audio works, 2-D and 3-D digital visual experiences, projected images as an example. The work must have the proper digital platform to ensure proper care and maintenance and longevity by the AGM.


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.

In keeping with the AGM's mandate to bring art to the community and the community to art, 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.











ON VIEW | MARCH 2 - APRIL 16, 2017





Selected works from the AGM’s Permanent Art Collection and the 5th Annual Ink Movement Mississauga Youth Anthology.


ART OF WORDS | WORDS OF ART, a permanent art collection intervention, grew out of the longstanding relationship between the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) and Ink Movement – Mississauga Chapter. Ink Movement, a Canadian youth-led non-profit organization that encourages youth to creatively express what's on their minds, was invited by the AGM to collaborate on a PAC intervention. Four participants from this year’s Ink Movement Youth Anthology competition were asked to engage with the AGM’s collection and select a work that best reflected or spoke to their submitted piece of poetry or prose. The resulting exhibition displays their written works alongside their selected PAC work with a brief description on the youth participant, their writing, and the AGM artwork. The visual and verbal dialogues created between the two forms of artistic expression reveal that the creative mind has no limits in the connections it can make, and that interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.


Ink Movement believes that the arts are powerful tools for social change. Through their book publishing projects and experiential events, Ink strives to empower youth by providing outlets for creative expression. Ink Movement has three Chapters – Mississauga, Hamilton and Montreal. Read more about Ink Movement!


From over 65 submissions, the top written works were selected based on theme, language, impact and originality. The following four youth participants – Jordan Currie, Diya Jhuti, Abirami Sudharshan and Sonya Zhang – submitted stand out work and were selected to participate in the AGM’s PAC intervention.


This exhibition is generously supported by the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.


Images from top to bottom: Bobs Cogill Haworth, Briar Patch (Bramble), oil on canvas, 1975 (detail); Kim Adams, Parkade (ed. 22/35), lithograph on paper, 1998; Carol Martyn, Unknown Woman #1, encaustic on canvas, 1988; Paul Fournier, Flint's Jungle (ed. 48/50), lithograph on paper, 1999. All works, AGM Permanent Collection.