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February 9, 2018 - 11:20 am

Join us this summer for artist-led camps at the MacLaren! Get inspired by the Gallery's exhibitions and create art in a large, fully-equipped, sunlight-filled studio space on the Gallery's main floor. All MacLaren classes are taught by professional artists from the region, who are also experienced teachers. Full and half-day camps are available. Altogether there are 12...

December 5, 2017 - 9:00 am




November 14, 2017 - 9:00 am

Posted by  | Nov 14, 2017

Distinguished watercolourist and longtime Barrie resident Ernest Conyers Barker was known for his progressive career that spanned seventy years.


November 9, 2017 - 10:22 am

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction 
Friday, November 17, 7 to 11 pm 
Preview: November 11 to 17 
Public Tour: November 15, 6 to 7 pm 

On November 17 at the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie, over 150 artworks by more than 100 artists from across Ontario will fill the galleries for the 27th annual...

October 2, 2017 - 11:49 am
On Friday afternoon, September 29, the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie launched its revitalized sculpture garden, an Ontario150 legacy project, celebrating the anniversary of confederation and the centennial of its 1917 Carnegie Library, which forms the heart of the MacLaren’s award-winning building. The MacLaren also honoured the 30th anniversary of the installation of the Spirit...
September 14, 2017 - 8:29 am

From September 28 to October 1, the MacLaren Art Centre and its cultural partners in Barrie present Carnegie Days. This annual four-day festival of art and language offers great events for visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions, performances, talks and tours, readings, film screenings and workshops take place at the Gallery and at other downtown Barrie venues. Admission is...

August 25, 2017 - 10:02 am

Simcoe Review |  | Aug 25, 2017

Perhaps the reason MacLaren Art Centre continues to increase its attendees on an annual basis is because there’s so much offered at the Centre.

Last year,...

August 1, 2017 - 2:41 pm

Throughout 2017, we are celebrating Canada's 150th in a variety of ways, recognizing the diverse narratives that comprise this period of our national history.

This summer, our exhibitions bring our permanent collection to the forefront.

Summer Sketches features the conserved watercolours by 19th century Shanty Bay artist Lucius O'Brien from our holdings,...

July 24, 2017 - 11:10 am

Remembering Ben Portis, 1960 – 2017

Ben Portis brought a diverse background as a visual artist, writer, and independent and institutional curator to his role at the MacLaren Art Centre, where he was Curator from April 2010 to September 2013. Executive Director Carolyn Bell Farrell said at the time of his appointment, “Ben possesses an extraordinary...

July 12, 2017 - 10:57 am

The MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie is pleased to announce a project made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Ontario 150 Community Capital Grant program ( With support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the MacLaren will conserve and make accessible two significant sculptures from its Permanent...