About Riverwood


Visual Arts Mississauga would like to acknowledge that the land on which we operate is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee nations. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. Today, this place is still home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on this land.
VAM is a premier visual arts centre and gallery located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in central Mississauga. The facility, owned by the City of Mississauga and built exclusively for VAM, is surrounded Riverwood, 150 acres of urban wilderness located off Burnhamthorpe Road West at the Credit River. Designed by architect Brian Brownlie and opened in 2003, the one-story Art Centre features Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture utilizing slate and cedar on the exterior and floor to ceiling windows in its studio classrooms. VAM is located in the heart of urban Mississauga in beautiful Riverwood, a 60-hectare (150-acre) property of forest, riverbank and meadow nestled along the banks of the historic Credit River. The property was a local Iroquois hunting ground in the 1400s; housed early farmsteads in the 1800s and became a private country estate in the early 1900s.
Riverwood contains one of the largest mosaics of vegetation in the Credit Valley and is home to 46 species of birds and animals. The public MacEwan Terrace Gardens includes aquatic. herb, kitchen, moss and fragrant gardens including the award-winning Enabling Garden located alongside the historic MacEwan Barn.
Visual Arts Mississauga, The City of Mississauga, The Riverwood Conservancy and Credit Valley Conservancy are all Riverwood stakeholders and regular meetings are held to ensure communication which is vital to operations.
Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is a magical place where history, nature, beauty and peace blend together to create an enjoyable and lasting creative experience.
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