AGM Book Project | Celebrating the AGM!

How has the Art Gallery of Mississauga developed since its creation in 1987, and how does it continue to grow? AGM intern Alexandra Hartstone has been hard at work at creating a book that documents the past 27 years, and looks forward to future of the institution. In this post, she gives us a sneak peek at the process.

Celebrating the AGM
Alexandra Harstone, Curatorial Intern | Special Projects – Georgian College

Presenting the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the smallest public art gallery in Canada, with the biggest heart!

Along with this year’s blockbuster exhibition, The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989, traveling from Chicago and opening this month on July 24th; the AGM has also been working away on an exciting book project. Celebrating the gallery’s past, present, and future as it continues to forge platforms of collaboration and engagement within the community, the project aims to shine a spotlight on the AGM as it looks forward with a focus on community outreach and engagement.

How exactly does the Art Gallery of Mississauga continue to grow and reach out to all corners of this great city? What kinds of special projects and programmes are forming within the walls of this cultural institution? The AGM employs innovative education, artist projects and other forms of dialogue to advance critical enquiry and community connection to the visual arts. With an inventive team working together to develop accessible programmes for the diverse community of Mississauga, the AGM regularly collaborates with artists and cultural producers to create meaningful cultural and social experiences for all audiences and age groups. It is with these great achievements that the AGM is celebrated as a current, contemporary, and accessible art gallery.

With the book project underway, exploring the AGM archives from its inception in 1987 to now, the publication pulls from both the Gallery’s present and past as it explores and revels in all that the Art Gallery of Mississauga has to offer. Stay connected with our blog to keep updated on this unique project and what curious things surface from the archives!

A peek into our archives:

BrushUP through the years. (L-R) The first issue in 1987  and the most recent issue in 2014.
BrushUP through the years. (L-R) The first issue in 1987 and the most recent issue in 2014.

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What has Alexandra discovered in her research into the AGM archives? Stay tuned to this blog for a series of posts, every other Thursday, featuring images, stories and other exciting news from the rich past of Canada’s smallest — but mightiest! — public art gallery.

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