Ronald Bloore and the Art of Provocation

Ronald Langley Bloore, 28/5/80, 1980
Sumi ink on paper 35.5 x 50.8 cm; Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Art Gallery Collection
Gift of Mr. Geordie Brown, 1998; ©the estate of Ronald Bloore

Special Guest Lecture with MacKenzie Art Gallery, Head Curator Lecture Timothy Long at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)

Sunday, April 7 from 2 – 3 p.m. PAMA is pleased to welcome Timothy Long, head curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Saskatchewan to speak about Bloore. As Director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery from 1958 to 1966, Ronald Bloore stirred controversy at every turn. Whether inventing a fictional artist, including his own work in shows he curated, or declaring art of the Renaissance to be misguided, Bloore upset expectations and sparked debate. In the process he put Regina’s fledgling art scene on the map nationally and internationally, articulating a defiantly Canadian vision of modern art. Admission is free to this event and for the month of April in Celebration of Sikh Heritage Month, sponsored by the Sikh Foundation of Canada. Reserve your spot now

Timothy Long has over twenty-five years of curatorial experience at the MacKenzie Art Gallery where he has been Head Curator since 2001 and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Regina since 2005.

His first introduction to Ronald Bloore came soon after his hiring at the MacKenzie when he was tasked with preparing a chapter for the history of the gallery detailing the collecting activities of previous directors. Since then he has curated and coordinated a number of exhibitions which have helped write the history of art in Saskatchewan and Canada, including the retrospective of Bloore’s colleague, Arthur F. McKay, and, in 2007, just two years before his death, a survey of Ronald Bloore’s later paintings.

See the Ronald Bloore: Black and White exhibition on now in the art gallery until May 26.

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 Street, East in Brampton. Visit to call 905-791-4055 to learn more.