Mississauga Artists

Commitment to Mississauga

A number of notable Canadian artists hail from Mississauga, and a significant emerging artist population exists in and around the 905 Peel region. In accordance with the AGM mandate, the gallery showcases the talent that originated here, and supports the potential talent currently being incubated.

The AGM defines a “Mississauga artist” as one who fulfills one of three conditions:

  • The artist currently resides in Mississauga or the 905 region.
  • The artist was born or raised in Mississauga, regardless of where they currently reside.
  • The artist’s project demonstrates a strong connection to Mississauga, regardless of where the artist is from or where they currently reside.

Call for Emerging Artists

Deadline Extended: Wednesday June 30, 2021



The Art Gallery of Mississauga welcomes submissions from LGBTQ+ EMERGING ARTISTS to participate in the RBC LOVE LAB project.

LOVE LAB is a queer photo/film tech-residency that engages the community in an intersectional conversation to mentor and train emerging artists within the 905 area. Emerging artists will learn skills guided by a team of mentors and partners, in addition to receiving technology/mentoring support from companies such as Panasonic, Mindshare and LGBTQ organizations who engage through educational art-making activities

Love LAB is an incubator to learn about the LGBTQ+ community and elevating emerging artist skills for future projects/employment.

10 selected emerging artists will be paid an honorarium for participating, be connected with a mentor, and participate in a showcase of their work organized by the AGM



  • Between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Identify as LGBTQ+ *
  • Are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a related degree/diploma program
  • Are in the early stages of their career in their art form, usually within the first few years
  • Self-identify as emerging
  • Are a creator of new work(s) or a practitioner of an art form
  • Devote a minimum of 24 hours per week to their art
  • Demonstrate a commitment to devoting more time to their artistic activity
  • Are involved in their creative community
  • Not yet recognized as established by their peers
  • Make a financial commitment to their practice and seek primary income from their artistic work
  • Have not yet had a major exhibit of their work


Submit a detailed resume by email to agm.connect@mississauga.ca with the subject line LOVE LAB: EMERGING ARTIST by 5:00pm Friday June 11th, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by June 30th , 2021.


In a single document, emailed to agm.connect@mississauga.ca, with the subject line LOVE LAB: EMERGING ARTIST, please submit:

  1. A written statement addressing the eligibility criteria.
  2. Up to 3 images of your work, including titles and dimensions of works. Provide sketches for works that have not yet been completed.
  3. An artist statement describing your practice, interests, and what the concept of diversity and inclusion means to you (up to 250 words).
  4. A CV that includes, at minimum, your education.

Artists must identify as LGBTQ+. We welcome submissions from artists who broadly embrace or identify with the theme of diversity and inclusion and all related issues in their artistic practices and experiences including, but not limited to, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, and mental or physical abilities. We welcome submissions from all qualified applicants and encourage submissions from groups that are typically underrepresented in institutional spaces, including racialized and Indigenous individuals, francophone individuals, and persons with disabilities. If you require any accommodations during the submissions process, please contact agm.connect@mississauga.ca.


The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery that was founded in 1987, opening its doors in the new Mississauga Civic Centre that same year. The AGM presents a changing calendar of contemporary, thought-provoking, engaging and accessible exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists. We thrive alongside long-time partners and welcome new collaborators to always be presenting and encouraging those artists that are established, new and upcoming.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is a guest upon the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This ancient land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee nations.

Artist Calls

Watch this space for upcoming Artist Calls

Exhibition Proposals

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

The AGM is committed to exhibiting work that advances critical enquiry and community connection to contemporary visual arts. The Gallery accepts proposals from artists working in all media, artist collectives, curators and arts and culture institutions.

Email all proposals to the curator agm.connect@mississauga.ca. Please send all proposals to this email address.
Only digital submissions are accepted. Proposals are reviewed twice yearly by the curatorial staff. If your application is short-listed, you will receive a response via email. Please note exhibitions are booked at least 2 years in advance.

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

Floor Plan

Project Proposals

The AGM welcomes an active interest from individuals with broad cross-cultural perspectives and seeks out opportunities to engage migrant, Indigenous communities and visible minority groups to create synergies through art and culture.

The Gallery is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks out and welcomes cultural diversity. We are interested in hearing from exceptional people. Our recruitment and selection process is comprehensive and rigorous to ensure that all applicants receive fair, equitable and objective treatment.

Send your resumes and project proposals to agm.connect@mississauga.ca with the subject line Project Proposal for future consideration.

Curator 30 Minutes

Curator 30 Minute sessions deploy a conversational format for artists, writers and other cultural producers to meet and discuss their work, proposals, or grant writing feedback with a member of the AGM curatorial team within a 30 minute session. The event is free but due to limited space and strong interest in these appointments, please:

Register by emailing your contact information to agm.curatorial@mississauga.ca

Applicants will be contacted by email.

Past Expression of Interest Projects

Feb 2021 – Call for Fine Craft Professionals

May 2021 – Call for Indigenous Artists

May 2021 – Call for Artist Facilitators – Legacy Project

Emerging Artist Space

The Emerging Artist Space is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists in the GTA and Mississauga region. Artists are selected annually by the gallery’s curatorial team to exhibit work that honours the mission and mandate of the AGM, with an emphasis on contemporary art.


300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
(905) 896-5088


Free Admission | Donations Appreciated


Charitable #11904 3586 RR 0001

Gallery Hours

**The Art Gallery of Mississauga is temporarily closed**

Tuesday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
Sunday, Monday & Holidays: Closed


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The Art Gallery of Mississauga is a guest upon the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This ancient land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee nations.