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June 27, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Please join us on July 5 at 7:00 pm as we celebrate the MacLaren's summer season of exhibitions, including Mary Anne Barkhouse: The Interlopers; Settling in PlaceAylan Couchie, Martha Griffith, Charmaine Lurch; Tom Dean: Woodcuts; and Robert Houle: Quillwork 1-VII...

March 22, 2018 - 4:06 pm




Longevity or a Lack Thereof...

March 15, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Kristie MacDonald 2017 Recipient of the John Hartman Award

The MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie is pleased to announce that the 2017 recipient of the John Hartman Award is Kristie MacDonald. MacDonald lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her art practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in the evolving meanings and...

February 9, 2018 - 12:20 pm

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 - 10:00 am




November 14, 2017 - 10:00 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 - 11:22 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 - 12:49 pm
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 - 9:29 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 - 11:02 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,...