Research & Reproductions

Semi-Permanent Installations

The MacLaren holds a Permanent Collection of over 27,400 artworks in trust for the public. Signature artworks are installed year-round throughout the building and on our grounds, as well as in the City of Barrie. Visit the MacLaren to see Sorel Etrog’s Dream Chamber (1976), Kosso Eloul’s Shlosha (1974), Duane Linklater’s Tautology (2011-2013), Ted Fullerton’s Ascension (1997), Peter von Tiesenhausen’s Bronze (1997), Marlene Hilton Moore’s Leg with Root and Branch (1991) and John McEwen’s Search Radio (2001). The MacLaren also owns and maintains Phil Richards’ Grand Illusion (1985-1987) on view at the Barrie Public Library. Ron Baird’s The Spirit Catcher (1986) is the first work in the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection, installed at the base of Maple Street on the Barrie waterfront since 1987.


In circumstances where the viewing of digital facsimiles is insufficient for a researcher’s purpose, researchers may request to see works from the Permanent Collection on-site. To find out if a work is available for viewing, please contact Please allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice. Research appointments typically last up to two hours, and are scheduled between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, or 2:00 and 4:00 pm; MacLaren staff will attempt to accommodate researchers requiring a greater time commitment with advanced notice.


Artworks from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection are professionally photographed and have appeared in scholarly publications worldwide. Those interested in reproducing images from the Permanent Collection should direct their inquiries to A fee schedule is available on request.


The MacLaren Art Centre loans artworks from its Permanent Collection to other art museums for exhibition purposes. Requests to borrow artworks should be posted by mail and addressed to Lisa Daniels, Executive Director/Curator.