Brampton Student To Host “Community Art Gallery” That Shows City In A New Light

Published August 16, 2019 at 3:06 pm

A Brampton student is hosting a community art gallery that aims to show off the best side of Brampton – our multiculturalism. 

A Brampton student is hosting a community art gallery that aims to show off the best side of Brampton – our multiculturalism. 

Karenveer Pannu, a student at the University of Toronto and a Brampton resident, started The Nghbrhood Watch as a “community photo album” on Instagram but it soon became more than that. 

“We collected photos from our friends and family and posted them because we wanted to honour Brampton’s diasporic makeup. The disposition of cities are always changing and we felt that it was important for us to capture Brampton’s essence,” says Pannu. “At the core, we want to honour how diasporas have changed cities and redefined the meaning of home – in Brampton and beyond.”

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Finding Signs of Home!

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With the help of her friends, the page quickly grew into a community organization. And, now, Pannu wants to share her message and make others see Brampton the way she sees it.

With funding from the University of Toronto, The Nghbrhood Watch will be putting on a community art show that aims to show the different multicultural communities in Brampton and to further delve into the idea of “home.” 

“Our gallery, ‘This Feels Like Home,’ will showcase pieces that will explore the meaning of home. We’ve asked members of our community to submit pieces that they feel represents their idea of home. As a result, we have collected a very diverse and interesting selection of pieces,” says Pannu.

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This August, Neighbourhood Watch is presenting “This Feels Like Home” — a visual archive of photos collected from diasporic communities. We are hoping to collect photos that encapsulate your idea of home, community, and selfhood. Often times our stories go unheard — however, we feel as though they are incredibly important to the greater mosaic of Canadian identity, and thus need to be shared. This project aims to celebrate and admire the diversity that can be found in our neighbourhoods and shared communities. Folks can email photos to [email protected] or dm us for more info!! There are no specific photos we are looking for. Please follow us for references and updates on the event!

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The art gallery will be on August 30th from 5 p.m to 9 p.m at Lab B, which is located at 60 Queen Street East. It’s a free public event, open to all.

People can still submit pictures for the community art gallery until August 25.

“Everyone is encouraged to submit – because we believe that everyone has something valid to say on the subject of ‘home.’ Also, we firmly believe that everyone can be an artist,” says Pannu.

For more information, click here.

Will you be attending the “This Feels Like Home” community art gallery?

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