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For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2017

Celebrate at PAMA This April – Free General Admission

BRAMPTON, ON (March 24, 2017) – As part of Canada 150 celebrations, PAMA welcomes contemporary artist Charles Pachter with the exhibition What Makes This Country Tick? Selected Works by Charles Pachter. April is Sikh Heritage Month; we will be celebrating with a full line-up of exhibitions including Komagata Maru: A Journey to Canada, A Preview of Arts of the Sikh Kingdom and Community Curated Sikh Art. PAMA will also mark Archives Awareness Week and Earth Day with special activities and tours.

New Spring Exhibitions

  • What Makes This Country Tick? Selected Works by Charles Pachter

April 1 – June 11
Thoughtful, contemplative, ironic, humorous and deeply personal, Canadian artist Pachter’s art spans many styles and emotions, giving us iconic emblems of Canadian history and identity in all its diversity.

  • Komagata Maru: A Journey to Canada

April 1 – June 11
In May of 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived at the Port of Vancouver. The ship carried 376 British subjects from India who were hoping to immigrate to Canada. They were Sikh, Hindu and Muslim and all were denied entry to Canada. As part of PAMA’s Canada 150 program, this exhibition explores racism in a Canadian context.

  • A Preview of Arts of the Sikh Kingdom

April 1 – June 11
This small preview exhibition is intended to give a sense of the splendour, beauty and poetry of the Sikh art and artifacts that will comprise our eventual exhibition. The selections of Sikh art and artifacts are drawn from private collections in the GTA. The collections cover subjects from Sikh spirituality, court history, history and everyday life.

  • Sikh Heritage Month Community Curated Exhibition

April 1 – 30
Each year, as part of our Sikh Heritage Month events and programs, PAMA hosts a community-based exhibition of art drawn from the studios of local Sikh artists. Our installment this year comprises many different media, ranging from painting, drawing, photography and film, and treats themes of spirituality, history, daily life and identity.

Sikh Heritage Month, April 1 – April 30

Sikh Heritage Month at PAMA provides everyone with an opportunity to learn about Sikh and Canadian culture and history through art, history, performances and workshops.

  • Opening Event at PAMA: April 1 from 6 – 10 p.m.
  • FREE General admission at PAMA in April is sponsored by the Sikh Foundation of Canada. For Groups of 10+, fees will apply.

Visit ontariosikhheritagemonth.com or pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.

Archives Awareness Week: April 3 – 7

The week is all about celebrating the PAMA Archives’ unique potential to inspire and excite people, bring communities together, tell memorable stories about the past and preserve documents. The Peel Archives is a hidden gem in the Region of Peel, located at PAMA. It is a place where researchers, teachers, students, planners and all Peel residents can visit and discover the history of the Region of Peel through preserved records dating back to 1805.

As we celebrate Canada and Peel 150, visit the Archives to learn about Peel’s rich and vibrant history. Book some time with one of our Archivists today by calling 905-791-4055.

Archives 101 Talk: Thursday, April 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us and enjoy this great opportunity to learn more about archives, historical records, and how to organize and protect them during Archives Awareness Week! A behind-the-scenes tour including a visit to our state-of-the-art storage facility is included. This talk is included with PAMA admission, please register on our website.

Earth Day: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day at PAMA (included with PAMA admission). Drop in and participate in activities based around the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E.in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.


Media Contacts:

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Co-ordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Shereen Daghstani
Supervisor, Corporate Communications
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4643

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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