The Collections

The RMG houses a permanent collection of over 4000 works, The Thomas Bouckley Collection, an art library and archives. Each of these collection helps the gallery to tell the continuing story of Canadian modern and contemporary art. Explore our collections on the web to learn more. 

The below portals allow you to explore and discover more about our collections through an online database:

McAvoy - Rosa  The Thomas Bouckley Collection

The Permanent Collection
The RMG's collections consist of over 4000 works of art, acquired either by purchase or gifts. About 60 of the most significant of these works are on view at any one time in the Permanent Collection galleries.  In addition, the RMG holds Canada's largest collection of works by Painters Eleven, and at least eleven of these works are on display at all times.

The Thomas Bouckley Collection
The Thomas Bouckley Collection was donated to the Gallery by the late Thomas Bouckley, archivist of Oshawa. The computerized collection comprises nearly 3,000 historical photographs of Oshawa and Durham Region. About 100 works are featured in four exhibitions per year. 

The RMG Library & Archives
In addition to collecting art, the Gallery acquires research materials. Its Library is the largest art library in Durham Region devoted to fine art and the history of visual arts. Alongside the library collection is the gallery Archives, which include artist files, sketchbooks, exhibition histories and more.

The digitization of our works was made possible with assistance from The Museums and Technology Fund through the Ministry of Culture.

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