Peel Art Gallery to open doors this fall

May 31, 2012 - All News

Staff Report
The newly renovated historic building of the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (Pama) will be partially opening its doors for the public this coming fall season, it was announced in Brampton on Thursday.
With the re-opening of the building, which was once jail and courthouse, Pama will be one of only three places across Canada that combines an art gallery, museum and archive facility under one roof.
“We are thrilled to have the opening dates finalized,” said Claire Loughheed, manager of Pama. “Now we can look forward to seeing all of the hard work over the past few years come to life. We are also very excited about the grand opening celebrations we have planned for the community.”
The $13-million restoration and construction project was started in 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the Region of Peel’s museum, archives and art gallery.
According to Pama, the openings will happen in stages with the Art Gallery being first to open on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The grand re-opening of phase I, which includes the Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, will happen over the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18.
However, the full site will be completely operational next year in February 2013 on Family Day. Each of the three openings will feature free programs and events for everyone to enjoy.
Pama collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival documents significant to Peel’s culture and heritage.
The Art Gallery will be home to over 4,500 pieces of art. This newly renovated building boasts numerous exhibition spaces on several levels including 2,070 sq-ft of permanent collection space; 2,580 sq-ft of temporary collection space; a community gallery of 2,000 sq-ft; art storage of 2,500 sq-ft and a 542 sq-ft studio space.
The stunning architecture of Pama site features a large, open and airy main entrance, including wooden beams intended to resemble the barns associated with the area’s agricultural past.
Inside, the building have many spaces in which to gather, learn and connect with the community.  One space in particular, Manning Square, will be the central area for families.
Free programs will be held in this unique space.
This unified space will provide an opportunity to showcase Peel’s history in a connected and integrated way. Programs geared towards every member of the family are currently being developed and will be offered throughout the many spaces within Pama.
Operated by the Region of Peel, Pama is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. For further information, visit