Art Auction

The MacLaren’s annual Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction provides a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work, while assisting the Gallery in its fundraising activities. By getting involved in the art auction, artists help the MacLaren raise much needed funds for core programming. We accept all variations and styles of artwork for this event from practicing professional artists. We will professionally frame the artwork on-site at the Gallery and add the cost of framing to the value of the artwork. As a donor you will receive your choice of a tax receipt for the full market value of your work or 50% of the purchase price. (The artist may need to verify market value.) Artists set the starting minimum bid for their artwork, which is generally 50% of the value. A preview of the auction artworks takes place in all three galleries for one week prior to the auction. Our event is full of energy and excitement and attracts over 300 people looking for that special work of art to take home. We would not be able to host this successful fundraising event without the generous contributions from artists in our programming, our collection and our community.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Laura Aylan-Parker, Director of Development, 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or

If framing is required, please contact Petra Hewson by October 11 at 705-720-1044 ext. 272 or to arrange for framing services. Petra will invoice artists directly.

Off the Hook tickets may be purchased online or at the MacLaren Art Centre front desk.

 The MacLaren Art Centre respects the Canada Council for the Arts’ definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who: has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially; has a history of public presentation; has produced an independent body of work; has had at least three public exhibitions of their artwork in a professional context over a three-year period; and has maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years after specialized training.