The RMG is a vibrant, engaging public art museum located in Oshawa’s civic centre. An external agency of The City of Oshawa, the RMG is the largest gallery in Durham Region, and occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson.
Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4,500 works, and five galleries of diverse and changing contemporary and historical exhibitions, the RMG holds an important collection of modern Canadian abstraction and the largest holdings of works by Painters Eleven. The gallery has significant collections of Canadian contemporary art, including public art, and an active acquisitions program. The Thomas Bouckley Collection, which represents archival photographic records of over 3,000 images of Oshawa and the region, provides a vital link in connecting the community with local history.
A roster of dynamic public and educational programs, thriving volunteer program, gallery shop, inspiring event spaces, art archive and library, artist-in-residence lab, and art studio, comprise the gallery’s many rich and diversified assets.
The RMG is proud to acknowledge the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.
RMG Statement of Purpose
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is dedicated to sharing, exploring and engaging with our communities through the continuing story of modern and contemporary Canadian art.
RMG Core Values
- We value art and culture in all its forms.
- We provide a platform for creative thinking and ideas.
- We champion and empower learners of all ages.
- We foster an environment of inclusivity and collaboration.
- We demonstrate integrity and excellence in everything we do.
- We balance artistic objectives with fiscal responsibility.
- Read our Strategic Priorities and Goals.
- Read our 2015 Annual Report
The History of the RMG
The RMG was founded in 1967 after Oshawa designer William Caldwell organized an exhibition of work by local artists at a commercial space on Simcoe Street. Seeing the need for a more permanent home for the arts, Ewart McLaughlin and his wife Margaret (painter Alexandra Luke) offered major financial support and works from their own private collection toward the establishment of an expanded public art gallery for the City of Oshawa.