About Us

The RMG is a vibrant, engaging public art museum located in Oshawa's civic centre. An external agency of The City of Oshawa, the RMG is the largest gallery in Durham Region, and occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson.

Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4,500 works, and five galleries of diverse and changing contemporary and historical exhibitions, The RMG holds an important collection of modern Canadian abstraction and the largest holdings of works by Painters Eleven. The gallery has significant collections of Canadian contemporary art, including public art, and an active acquisitions program. The Thomas Bouckley Collection, which represents archival photographic records of over 3,000 images of Oshawa and the region, provides a vital link in connecting the community with local history.

A roster of dynamic public and educational programs, thriving volunteer program, gallery shop, inspiring event spaces, art archive and library, artist-in-residence lab, and art studio, comprise the gallery’s many rich and diversified assets. 



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RMG Statement of Purpose

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is dedicated to sharing, exploring and engaging with our communities through the continuing story of modern and contemporary Canadian art.

RMG Core Values

  • We value art and culture in all its forms.
  • We provide a platform for creative thinking and ideas.
  • We champion and empower learners of all ages.
  • We foster an environment of inclusivity and collaboration.
  • We demonstrate integrity and excellence in everything we do.
  • We balance artistic objectives with fiscal responsibility.

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The History of the RMG

The RMG was founded in 1967 after Oshawa designer William Caldwell organized an exhibition of work by local artists at a commercial space on Simcoe Street. Seeing the need for a more permanent home for the arts, Ewart McLaughlin and his wife Margaret (painter Alexandra Luke) offered major financial support and works from their own private collection toward the establishment of an expanded public art gallery for the City of Oshawa.