Spring & Summer 2024 Exhibitions at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The RMG is pleased to announce our programming for the spring and summer seasons

Image in the artist’s studio, 2024. Courtesy of Tony Romano.

Tony Romano: The Big Hat

April 6 – September 8, 2024
Curated by Erin Szikora and Leila Timmins

Rooted in a family tradition of carpentry and ironwork, Tony Romano’s practice reimagines found objects and reworks raw and recycled materials into playful works that explore cultural narratives. In The Big Hat, he presents a new series of sculptures and a video that tell a cautionary tale. Set in an imagined whirligig community, Romano’s characters reckon with the arrival of a greedy professor who convinces the whirligigs to trade their simple life for a life of labour. Made from scrap, raw, and recycled metal, the artist’s whirligigs are inspired by the qualities of metal that enable endless reincarnations and are presented as autonomous beings with dreams and memories of their own.

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Related Programming:
Exhibition Opening @ RMG Friday: The Big Hat
Friday, April 5, 2024, 7pm

Curatorial Tour
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 7pm


Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley), String Games, installation view, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2020.

Contemporary Kids

June 1 – October 6, 2024
Curated by Hannah Keating and Leila Timmins
Artists: Shaya Ishaq, Hannah Jickling + Reed H. Reed, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley), Amy Wong + Rudi Wong

Contemporary Kids is an exhibition bringing together contemporary artists who make art with and for children. Within the framework of contemporary art, the interests and cultural production of children are often excluded. The artists in this exhibition embrace the unique perspectives that children can bring to art and see play as a crucial entry into artistic explorations.

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Related Programming:
Contemporary Kids: Family Party
Saturday, June 1, 2024, 10:30am-3:30pm

Junk Food Plating with Mikiki @ RMG Friday: Bubbles in the Backyard
Friday, June 7, 2024, Time TBC

Curatorial Tour
Thursday, June 20, 2024, 7-7:45pm

Backyard Story Time at the RMG
July 17 and August 14, 2024, 10:30-11:30am


Ioana Dragomir: RBC Emerging Artist Residency Exhibition

June 15 – August 17, 2024
Curated by Hannah Keating

During her residency at the RMG, Ioana Dragomir has spent time combing a set of artist files from the gallery’s archive. Compiled by Director Emeritus Joan Murray, who served as director and curator at the RMG from 1974 to 1999, the files contain exhibition ephemera, photos, correspondence, research, and interview transcripts. Experimenting with drawing, sculpture, and installation, the artist is creating a new body of work inspired by the contents of these archives, focusing specifically on the accidental poetics found within files belonging to artist couples and the intimacies they reveal and conceal.

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

Related Programming:
Exhibition Opening Reception
June 15, 2024, 2-3:30pm


Pegi Nicol MacLeod: Unforgettably Hers

June 15, 2024 – January 12, 2025
Curated by Sonya Jones

Growing up in Ottawa, Pegi Nicol MacLeod (born Margaret Kathleen Nichol, 1904-1949) studied art at the Ottawa Art School, and later at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal. While her subjects were varied— children, bustling crowds, views from her window—her style was undeniably hers. This exhibition pulls together works in the RMG’s permanent collection that capture MacLeod’s exuberant and spontaneous energy that she applied to her life and art.

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Also on View:

The Oshawa Art Association’s 56th Annual Juried Exhibition
April 25 – May 12, 2024
Opening Reception on April 25, 2024, 6-9pm
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Emerging Visions: Durham College Thesis Exhibition 2024
May 3 – June 9, 2024
Opening celebration @ RMG Friday: Emerging Visions, May 3, 2024, 7pm
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Reflect: Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition 2024
August 17 – September 29, 2024
Info Session on April 24, 2024, 1pm
Awards Reception on August 20, 2024, 2:30pm
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The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is an accessible venue. To learn more or request accommodations, please visit our website.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street
Civic Centre
Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3
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