Reflect: Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition 2024

Join us at the Exhibition Opening and Awards Reception: Wednesday, August 20, 2024 at 2:30pm

The Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition is a showcase of creativity and technical skill among members of the Oshawa Senior Community Centres, Oshawa Public Libraries, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, and more, this annual community exhibition is structured around a competition theme. This year, the theme is reflect.

Want to participate?

If you are 55+ and a member of the RMG, Oshawa Senior Community Centres, or the Oshawa Public Libraries, we invite you to submit one artwork for the exhibition.

Artwork drop off and registration takes place on Thursday, August 13 from 10 am-4 pm. Please print and fill out this form and bring your artwork to the RMG ready to hang to enter the competition and exhibition. Copies of the program brochure are also available at the gallery. Show us what “reflect” means to you!

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Novice, Hobby, and Open.

Download the program brochure for more information, including eligibility and contest categories.

The Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition is co-hosted by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Senior Community Centres, and the Oshawa Public Libraries.

EMERGING VISIONS: Durham College Thesis Exhibition 2024

We are pleased to present the annual Durham College Thesis Exhibition! Like all visionary explorers, the students in Durham College’s Fine Arts Advanced program are involved in a continual process of identifying and studying meaningful subjects that pertain to their own evolving bodies of work. They first research then develop strategies unique to their practice through experimentation, all the while learning to define and focus their personal interests. This exhibition includes a wide range of subjects, interests, and mediums.

Celebrate EMERGING VISIONS with the staff and students of Durham College! The opening reception will be hosted during RMG Friday on May 3, 2024. Then, stop by the gallery at 1pm on May 15th for an artist-led tour of the exhibition. This is your chance to learn more about specific projects and hear about the journey from conception to fabrication to presentation.

Related Programming

This exhibition is presented with support from the RBC Foundation.

The Oshawa Art Association’s 56th Juried Art Exhibition

Visit the RMG between April 25th and May 12th to check out the Oshawa Art Association’s 56th Juried Art Exhibition. This exhibition showcases artworks created by artists from across Durham Region.

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 25 from 6-9pm.

Presented in partnership with the Oshawa Art Association.

Durham District School Board Bi-Annual Exhibition: For Art’s Sake

The bi-annual For Art’s Sake exhibition celebrates the artistic talent of students in the Durham District School Board. Showcasing works from nearly every high school in the district, this event recognizes local budding young artists.

Friends and family are invited to join us for the opening celebration on Thursday, February 29 from 6-8pm.

Presented in partnership with the Durham District School Board.

The Neighbours Project

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery believes we have a responsibility to participate in the creation and maintenance of a healthy community. For over a year, we have been working with community members and partners on an initiative called The Neighbours Project. The goal was to explore how we could extend care to some of our closest neighbours who have experience with housing precarity or homelessness, including those working to reduce barriers to services and offer direct support.

In this phase of The Neighbours Project, we have created an installation that transforms the gallery into an active workshop space. It is a place to rest, make, reflect, and dream up better systems of care. The Neighbours Project aims to support creative community development through art-making experiences that foster connection and personal well-being.

We encourage drop-in art-making throughout the entire run of the exhibition and are thrilled to welcome the LivingRoom for facilitated art-making sessions on select Fridays; you can read more about The Neighbours Project ART HIVE with the LivingRoom by clicking this link. Come make art with us!

We want to express sincere gratitude to our partners and collaborators for their support: The Back Door Mission, The Gap Committee, The LivingRoom Community Art Studio, April Hind, and Selena Hind.

Installation of The Neighbours Project at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2023. Photos by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Our Project Framework

The Neighbours Project is…

  • A collaborative effort from within the gallery to learn about the networks of support that exist outside the gallery to support individuals who do not have safe or stable housing.
  • An expression of hope about the vital role of the art gallery in our community today and tomorrow.
  • A long-term commitment to trust and relationship building with our neighbours.

Starting in 2022, The Neighbours Project looked like…

  • Hosting onsite group tours + tea parties with the Back Door Mission’s Wednesday Women’s Group on September 28, 2022 and August 30, 2023.
  • Facilitating two internal conversations with RMG staff about homelessness and our intentions for this project in October and November 2022.
  • Attending monthly Gap Committee meetings throughout 2023.
  • Hosting two Meet & Greet Brainstorming Sessions with Gap Committee members and Back Door Mission staff and patrons at the gallery in January 2023.
  • Attending Changing the Face of Homelessness presented by the Gap Committee on April 21, 2023.
  • Visiting the Back Door Mission with art materials in May and June for drop-in art-making with the Games Club.
  • Hosting two closed community events, offering lunch + creative workshops, at the gallery on July 30, 2023 and October 4, 2023.
  • Hosting ongoing project development meetings with our core collaborators and many more conversations and strategy meetings with each other.

The Neighbours Project installation is an opportunity to…

  • Rest and reflect.
  • Invite more people into our creative visioning.
  • Offer warmth and connection in the winter months.
  • Share our work with you!

Some more context:

We started this project with an understanding that the gallery has a relationship with all of its neighbours. As an institution, we do not exist in isolation. Looking to our immediate surroundings, we started building relationships with two key partners:

Nearby, the Back Door Mission is a hub for support. Offering nourishing meals, access to washrooms and showers, as well as recovery programs and support groups, the Back Door Mission also hosts a range of social service providers who deliver programs directly to clients in a central location.

Meeting monthly in Oshawa and Ajax, The Gap Committee is a collective of individuals and public service organizations with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in Durham Region. It is led by folks who know what it’s like to be unhoused and are passionate about removing barriers and advocating for love and support.

We were honoured to work with community leaders in both of these organizations who are doing incredible grassroots work. This led us to wonder where, if anywhere, the RMG could fit within this system of support.

Inspired by our core collaborators, we learned to appreciate how our space could function as a node within an individual’s social network. We also saw first hand how art has the potential to meet, at least in part, some essential needs: the need for belonging and self-expression.

The gallery is a free space. It is a space to seek quiet and meet friends. It is a space to rest and a space to celebrate. A space to learn and unlearn. But it’s also a space with unwritten social codes. The RMG’s imposing concrete façade and the legacies of privilege and systemic inequity that shape all art institutions have made the gallery an intimidating space too.

With these truths in our pockets, The Neighbours Project has been an effort to listen and learn so as to better understand the needs and desires of our community and take steps towards building relationships grounded in trust.

This installation is inspired by the relationships formed through this process and what we learned over the last year. It also draws on the longstanding community-engaged work that The LivingRoom Community Art Studio has been doing in Durham Region for nearly a decade. We are grateful to have had their support in conceptualizing and making real this exhibition and ART HIVE programming.

Importantly, we entered into this project without a clear outcome in mind. In place of an end goal, we continue to hold the intentions that guided our decision making throughout this project. We want to:

  • Gain a better awareness of what our neighbours need and want from the gallery;
  • Develop new ideas about what it means to extend care to our audiences, new and established;
  • Explore models of partnership and collaboration that prioritize trusting and accountable relationship building above all else.

Do you have any questions? Please get in touch by emailing Hannah at hkeating@rmg.on.ca and Erin at eszikora@rmg.on.ca.

Nourish: Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition 2023

August 19 – September 27, 2023

Exhibition Opening and Awards Reception: Wednesday, August 23, 2:30 pm (no registration required)

The Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition is a showcase of creativity and technical skill among members of the Oshawa Senior Community Centres, Oshawa Public Libraries, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, and more, this annual community exhibition is structured around a competition theme. This year, the theme is nourish.

2023 Winners:

In the NOVICE category…

The RUNNER UP is Marian Vink for her sculpture Dance.

The WINNER is Renate Belzing. The jury describes Renates’s mixed media artwork, titled Life Finds a Way as “a unique and cohesive interpretation of a weathered landscape.” They were excited by her use of materials, which capture “a windswept scene with impressive depth, scale and colour.” The textures and tactile nature of the work transported them to the beach!

In the HOBBY category…

The RUNNER UP is Kim McIntyre for her work Wood Nymph.

The WINNER is Grant F. Benham for his piece Savannah Traffic (Trade to Nourish a Nation) which the jury describes as “a beautiful, well-composed work with a great sense of movement, both in form and subject matter. The creative approach to the theme points to the complex systems that support human life on a global scale. Technically, the work is strong and expressive, and the jury loved the expert use of a modest canvas to capture such a monumental concept.”

In the OPEN category…

The RUNNER UP is Marijatta Beasley for her collage Fun with Fruit.

The WINNER is Darryl Thorogood for his painting Eugene,which the jury describes as “an expressive work of painstaking detail that captures an ordinary moment with great feeling and pride. Darryl’s interpretation of the theme points to the importance of farming and his treatment of his medium is both captivating and impressive.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition is co-hosted by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Senior Community Centres, and the Oshawa Public Libraries.

EMERGING VISIONS: Durham College Thesis Exhibition 2023

We are pleased to present the annual Durham College Thesis Exhibition! Like all visionary explorers, the students in Durham College’s Fine Arts Advanced program are involved in a continual process of identifying and studying meaningful subjects that pertain to their own evolving bodies of work. They first research then develop strategies unique to their practice through experimentation, all the while learning to define and focus their personal interests. This exhibition includes a wide range of subjects, interests, and mediums. Celebrate EMERGING VISIONS with the staff and students of Durham College!

The opening reception will be hosted during RMG Friday: Renewal on May 5, 2023. Then, stop by the gallery at 1pm on May 10th for an artist-led tour of the exhibition. This is your chance to learn more about specific projects and hear about the journey from conception to fabrication to presentation.

This exhibition is generously supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Project.

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The Oshawa Art Association’s 55th Juried Art Exhibition

Visit the RMG between April 28th and May 14th to check out the Oshawa Art Association’s 55th Juried Art Exhibition. This exhibition showcases artworks created by artists from across Durham Region.

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Durham Catholic District School Board Art Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates artworks by students in Kindergarten – Grade 12 from across the Durham Catholic District School Board.

Unity Through the Arts: Inaugural Juried Exhibition

Thursday October 12 from 6-8:30pm

Come together to celebrate cultural diversity in Durham Region!

The RMG invites you to attend the opening reception of Unity Through the Arts: An Inaugural Juried Exhibition presented in partnership with Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc.

Several awards will be presented to adults and youth ranging from $100 to $1000. Refreshments will be provided.

For information on our facilities, please click here. If you have questions about the event or other requests, please email Erin at eszikora@rmg.on.ca.