The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The largest public gallery in Durham Region, the RMG occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4000 works of art, four galleries of diverse & changing exhibitions, vibrant programs, Arthur’s on the 4th event space, the RMG Shop, Library and Archives, The Thomas Bouckley Collection and two art & education studios, the RMG is located in downtown Oshawa beside City Hall and the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library.

In addition to collecting art, the RMG acquires research materials. Its Library is the largest art library in Durham Region devoted to fine art and the history of visual arts with a focus on Canadian art. Alongside the library collection is the Gallery Archives, which include artist files, sketchbooks, exhibition histories and more. Of particular local interest are the archives of Isabel McLaughlin (Canadian Group of Painters) and Alexandra Luke  (Painters Eleven), both of the famed McLaughlin family ofOshawa.

The Thomas Bouckley Collection at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a photographic collection compiled by Thomas Bouckley which focuses on the history of Oshawa. It consists of over 4000 items including photographs, documents, artefacts and ephemera. Of that, 2283 photographs and negatives are catalogued and actively used for exhibitions, and by the public for research. To search The Thomas Bouckley Collection online click here

Resource Materials Available at the RMG Library and Archives

  • Art books – Circulating & Reference Collections
  • Art Exhibitions – Catalogues & Pamphlets
  • Art Journals & Magazines
  • Artists’ Files & Clipping Books
  • Slide Collection, Artist Audio Interviews
  • Thomas Bouckley Collection – historical images ofOshawa
  • Archive Collection
  • Rare Book Collection

Gallery Hours                                                                                                  Mon,Tues,Wed,Fri    10:00 am  5:00 pm                                                                                    Thurs  10:00 am – 9:0 pm                                                                                                               Sat.Sun 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Library and Archives Hours                                                                               Tues,Wed,Thurs  10:00 am – 5:00 pm                                                                                      Or by appointment (appointments recommended for extensive research purposes)

Contact Information:                                                                                                                    The Thomas Bouckley Collection: Sonya Jones – sjones@rmg.on.ca, 905-576-3000 ext. 110