Brampton – The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) wants to hear
about the mementos you keep and the stories they tell. From July 7-Sept.
22, the public is invited to submit stories online through Passages
for a chance to win a Kobo eReader. Passages
is an interactive website that aims to connect the Peel community
through photos and stories about the objects people keep. The story
contest and web project connect to a larger inaugural Passages
exhibition planned for the first phase of PAMA’s opening on Sept. 30.
“Passages is an interactive project that tells individual
histories and illustrates how we all keep reminders of our past,” said
Judy Daley, Supervisor/Curator Art Gallery and Education Services, PAMA.
“We are hoping that by participating in the contest, people will share
their own personal stories about how they are connected to Peel. Their
stories will also complement the inaugural Passages exhibition, and the first phase of PAMA’s opening this fall.”
PAMA will have a booth at the Brampton Farmers’ Market on July 7 to promote the Passages story contest. The first 100 people to visit the booth will receive a special PAMA gift bag.
The Passages contest is open from July 7-Sept. 22, 2012. The
public is invited to enter the contest by uploading a photo of an
object or keepsake that holds significant or special meaning and sharing
their story online. Passages can be accessed through PAMA’s website at pama.peelregion.ca.
Complete instructions on how to upload photos and stories is online. A
random draw will be held on Sept. 23, 2012 from all online submissions
received during the contest dates. All submissions will be reviewed by
PAMA staff to ensure that they conform to the project and contest
Passages will be one of the first exhibitions in PAMA when
it opens this fall. This photo-based exhibition, curated by Christine
Boyanoski, brings together artists of varied cultural backgrounds that
investigate personal and family history in their work. Artists include
Sara Angelucci, Greg Staats, William Eakin, Donald Rance and Vid
Ingelevics. Ingelevics has created a special installation based on the
Russell Cooper 20th Century Photography Collection of the PAMA Archives.
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is making history
this year through a $13-million restoration and construction project
that commenced in 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the
Region of Peel’s museum, archives and art gallery. When PAMA re-opens in
2012 there will be expanded exhibition space and state-of-the art
collection storage. PAMA will re-open in three stages, with the Art
Gallery opening on Sept. 30, the grand opening on Nov. 24-25, and the
Family Day and Archives opening on Feb. 18, 2013.
PAMA collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival
documents significant to Peel’s culture and heritage. Operated by the
Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton.
Visit pama.peelregion.ca for more information.