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.








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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.



















The artists in this Permanent Collection activation utilize the strategies of humour and satire to explore the complexities of the diasporic experience and its implications for identity formation. Humour allows for a communication with the audience that is both immediate – such as the surprise of discovering plaza signage hung in an art gallery – and subtle, stemming from the juxtaposition of image and text, such as a witty title. Both works deal with the flattening of identity experienced in the contemporary context, in relation to instances of stereotype and the world of advertising.


Panchal Mansaram’s Holy Cow (1994) quite literally combines the sacred and the profane to present a light-hearted treatment of reverent subject matter that doubles as a commentary on the fusion of East and West. Ken Lum calls upon the viewer of Kings Mall (2009) to see the work as a portrait for a community where the livelihoods of individuals from a multitude of cultures exist side-by-side – perhaps disjointed, but all too familiar in a local context.


Both works present signifiers that immediately call up references to various cultures, but in subverting their easy reading, ask questions about who we are and how we reflect ourselves to the world.


Top: Panchal Mansaram, Holy Cow, (detail), 1994. Colour lasergraph on wood.
Collection of the Art Gallery of Mississauga
Donated by the artist, 1996


Left: Ken Lum, Kings Mall, 2009
Powder coated aluminum, steel rods, Plexiglas
Collection of the Art Gallery of Mississauga
Donated by the artist, 2015


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




The AGM partners with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to provide film screenings that complement the works from the Permanent Collection on view.


Nisreen Baker, Things Arab Men Say, 2016
Running Time: 52 minutes


This documentary paints a picture of Arab men that is vastly different from what we’re accustomed to. In this antidote to mainstream-media depictions of Arabs as terrorists and extremists, we get to meet Jay, Ghassan and their friends, who gather at Jamal’s Eden Barber Shop to discuss politics, religion and family over a cut and a shave. Often funny, sometimes sad, this engaging film documents the challenges these men face integrating into Canadian life while preserving their identity and culture.