Indigenous Creative Arts Showcase

This event is free and open to everyone.

From the collaborators of the four-part Anti-Indigenous Racism Panel Series, we are joining as a collective again for a one-night, in-person event!

We invite you to come celebrate the creativity of the local Indigenous community through music, poetry, and dance performances.

Presented in partnership with the Durham Region, Durham Public Libraries, Durham College, Durham College Student Association, Ontario Tech University, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, with support from the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board.

Light refreshments will be provided for this free, drop-in event.

The RMG is wheelchair accessible. ASL Interpretation can be arranged upon request. Please contact Erin Szikora at [email protected] to submit an interpretation request by October 20, 2022. All efforts will be made to fill a request, but if an Interpreter cannot be secured, we will let you know before the event takes place.

The RMG strives to make our building, collections, exhibitions, and programs accessible to people of all abilities. If there are other ways we can support your participation, please reach out to Erin at [email protected] We welcome your feedback.

RMG Fridays Presents: The Ties That Bind

Celebrate the opening of the new Permanent Collection exhibition The Ties That Bind by renewing connections at RMG Fridays! Come with an old friend, make a new friend, and discover new musicians and filmmakers at the first indoor RMG Fridays since winter 2020.

7:00 – Doors open

7:30 – Performance by EQUAL

8:15 – Tour of The Ties That Bind

8:45 – Performance by L CON

Downstairs in the Lookout

Films from DRIFF will be playing throughout the evening at 7:15pm, 8pm, and 9pm.

Black Bag  (10 mins)

Directed by Lee Foster

Two US Marines are trapped behind enemy lines with vague mission objectives, and an even more mysterious package.

The Other Side (8mins)

Directed by Jordan Settembrini

An enthusiastic hiker leads his city-boy friend through a strange forest, after claiming to have found the discovery of a lifetime. It is soon learned that some things are better left undiscovered.

Each screening features special Q&A time with the Filmmakers from both films!

About L CON

Lisa Conway-Bühler (b. 1988, Canada) is a Swiss-Canadian composer, sound artist, songwriter, producer, and mix engineer. Her recordings have been described as “ethereal, minimalist, experimental, unnerving…and downright elegant” (AUX), with the Toronto Star claiming, “Conway is bound for greatness, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.”

An artist who continually tries to push herself into the unfamiliar, her multifaceted CV includes original scores and songs for documentaries, short films, and theatre productions, site-specific multi-channel sound and light installations, collaborations with contemporary dancers and performance artists, and an array of renowned creative residencies. She is an alumni of the final Red Bull Music Academy (2018, Berlin), as well as the Canadian Film Centre’s year-long Slaight Music Residency (2016).

About EQUAL

Saleen and Chelsea, 20 and 22 years old, believe that having a platform means using it to do good – and what a platform it has become. With musical stylings evocative of First Aid Kit and Taylor Swift, the duo have caught the eyes of industry greats Kim Cooke, Dave Bashk, and Dan CLancy of Revolution Recording Studios, Sum 41, and Lighthouse.

Durham’s Best Band (2018) has been described as ‘lyrically sophisticated’, ‘raw and emotional’, featuring ‘excellent harmonies and songwriting’. Look for music that matters? You’ve found it. Meet Equal.

Special thanks to DRIFF in a Jiff and Canada Council and the Arts Reopening Fund for their support with this event. We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

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RMG Holiday Night Market

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is very excited to host our first artisan market of the year in partnership with the City of Oshawa and we’d like to invite you to join us as a vendor!

Our market will be conducted indoors, alongside the Oshawa Merry & Bright Festival, and will provide a spectacular view of the Tree Lighting ceremony.

Featuring high-quality artisans from across the GTA, we strive to provide a unique and local shopping experience this holiday season. If you are interested please fill out an application here. All vendors must complete our application package by October 12, 2022.

All questions regarding the application process should be directed to:

Emeraude Domingos-Mbuku Development & Membership Lead

Phone: (905) 576-3000

Email: [email protected]

Erin Szikora

Phone: (905) 576-3000

Email: [email protected]

Fall Exhibitions Opening

Coming from Toronto? We have organized a bus to bring you to and from the opening! Pick up will be in front of OCADU at 100 McCaul St at 12:30PM. The bus will leave the RMG to return to OCADU at 3:45PM. Please fill out this form toreserve a spot on the bus.

On October 1, we are celebrating two new exhibitions at the RMG:

Annie MacDonell and Maïder Fortuné, still from Communicating Vessels, HD Video, 2020.

The Beyond Within

Annie MacDonell

September 24, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Curated by: Crystal Mowry and Leila Timmins
Organized and produced in partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

At 2:15, Annie MacDonell will deliver a tour of her exhibition with Leila Timmins.

The Beyond Within is an exhibition of recent work by Toronto-based artist Annie MacDonell, exploring feminist conceptions of the everyday as a basis for political engagement with the world. In two videos made in collaboration with Paris-based artist Maïder Fortuné, pedagogical roles are underwritten by radical forms of intimacy. OUTHERE (For Lee Lozano) and Communicating Vessels consider the potential for dissolving an isolated sense of self through friendship and art making. MacDonell’s new film installation, Set and Setting, continues this exploration by juxtaposing animated drawings sourced from early psychedelic research trials with architectural sets that recall institutional examination rooms. The piece suggests that the boundary between subject and viewer is not only thin, but porous and continuously shifting. Through these collaborative video projects and new installations, MacDonell asks whether it is possible, within static institutions and other familiar containers, to follow radical detours that create possibilities to build our worlds anew.

The Sire of Sires

Jordan Elliot Prosser

October 1 – November 13, 2022

Curated by: Hannah Keating

Informed by the legacy of landmarks like General Motors, Jordan Elliot Prosser’s recent projects have documented Oshawa’s uncertain identity as a post-industrial suburban community. In The Sire of Sires, he turns to another performance-driven industry that took root in Oshawa: E.P. Taylor’s enterprise at Windfields Farm. As the leading producer of thoroughbreds in Canada, Windfields produced Northern Dancer, who was first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and the most influential stallion in North America. Upon retirement, Northern Dancer became a sought-after studding horse with many of his descendants achieving success as both racehorses and sires. One of those sons, Nijinsky, was named after a famous 20th-century Russian ballet dancer who prophesized he would be reborn as a horse. This unusual and unlikely tie between Oshawa and Vaslav Nijinsky inspired Prosser’s new video The Sire of Sires, which he shot at Windfields Farm and features a character from Nijinsky’s ballet L’Après-midi d’un faune (1912). The ballet itself was created in response to two other works of art by the same name: a symphony (1894) by Claude Debussy and a poem (1876) by Stéphane Mallarmé. Accordingly, The Sire of Sires reflects on the theme of reproduction, as it relates to artistic inheritance and Prosser’s sprawling record of this place called Oshawa.

Also on view:

True Currency

Artists: Christina Battle, Helen Cho, Alvin Luong, Sofia Mesa, Dana Prieto, Cassie Thornton

June 18 – November 5, 2022

Complete Freedom

Abstract artworks from our permanent collection

December 11th, 2021 – October 9th, 2022

Come Together

Photographs from the Thomas Bouckley Collection

June 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Doors Open at the RMG

RMG

The RMG is celebrating Culture Days and Doors Open Oshawa on Saturday, September 24th. There’s so much to explore!

Admission and events are all FREE!

Join a guided architecture + art tour

11 AM and 2 PM

Our welcoming Visitor Engagement Assistants will deliver tours of this stunning modern building. Discover the original vision for Oshawa’s public gallery, brought to life in 1969, and how architect Arthur Erickson designed a massive 36,000-square-foot extension that made the gallery what it is today.

Participate in a family-friendly art-making activity

1 PM – 3 PM

Design your OWN gallery! Led by our Learning and Engagement team, this drop in activity will invite you to explore Journeys, the major permanent collection exhibition, through an interactive scavenger hunt; then, use the inspiration you find to create mixed media artworks in the studio.

Installation view of The Beyond Within at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2021. Documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

RMG Shop

Visit our gift shop

The RMG Shop is located in the lobby of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. We feature lovingly crafted, handmade artisanal products from across Ontario as well as a wide selection of Indigenous designed and manufactured products. Our boutique is stocked with unique, one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, homewares, and gifts. Each tax-free sale through the RMG not only helps to support local artisans and crafts people, but also goes towards funding our free community programming. 

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RMG Fridays Presents: Back to School

We’re going to squeeze in one more outdoor show! Lets mark back to school by extending the summer just a little bit longer. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and come experience the soulful song writing and warm melodies of Hunter Sheridan.

This is an all-ages event; pets will not be admitted. Please note that there is no smoking on City property, which includes the RMG’s backyard.

Explore Hunter Sheridan’s music and new single Northern Lights.

Upstairs in Arthurs on the 4th:

Films from DRIFF will be playing throughout the evening at 7:15pm, 8pm, and 9pm.

September’s Films:

BELLA

BY: KAYLEE LEBRETON

A beautifully distressing black and white film about a woman being followed by trauma that comes to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

MAYMAY

BY: BILL SHAWANDA

A daughter’s impromptu visit with her reclusive mother leads to revelations both past and present.

DIRTY HANDS

BY: GRETA CHEECHOO

Dirty Hands is a story of lost innocence when a young boy experiments with drugs. His older brother Norman, feeling anger and pain, takes matters into his own hands and sets out to get revenge on the one who is responsible for his brother’s overdose.

Hunter Sheridan

Hunter Sheridan is a Canadian musician whose music delivers introspective, soulful song writing with warm melodies that weave a euphoric atmosphere. Hunter’s writing highlights self-discovery, honest lyrics, and dynamic arrangements, connecting with listeners across music genres.

Special thanks to DRIFF in a Jiff and Canada Council and the Arts Reopening Fund for their support with this event. We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

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OPG Sunday: December 2022

OPG Sunday

The RMG encourages families to take some time and enjoy the art making process through creativity and collaboration.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: November 2022

OPG Sundays

The RMG encourages families to take some time and enjoy the art making process through creativity and collaboration.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: Nature’s Pattern

This month, we are taking inspiration from Kazuo Nakamura: Universal Pattern exhibition. As a member of the Painters 11, Nakamura was fascinated by nature. We are too! We will create bold and colourful textured abstract artworks finished with a decorative pattern frame.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: Animals Abound!

The RMG encourages families to take some time and enjoy the art making process through creativity and collaboration.

Who has the best adventure journeys? Animals!

 This month, we will be inspired by our permanent collection exhibition Journeys to create two artworks featuring beloved Canadian wildlife. In the studio, we will create silhouetted animal paintings while in the gallery exhibition we will texturize critters using watercolour pencil crayons.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.