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...

June 27, 2017 - 1:45 pm

Thursday, July 6, 7 to 9 pm

Please join us at the Gallery as we celebrate our summer shows! Remarks at 7:15 followed by tours of the exhibitions led by the artists and curators. All are welcome, admission is free.




Summer Sketches
Lucius O'Brien and Garett Walker

July 6 to October 29, 2017

May 12, 2017 - 8:45 am

Please join us at the Gallery as we celebrate Call to Action #83. Thursday, May 25, 7 to 9 pm. Remarks at 7:15 followed by a tour and performances led by the artists. All are welcome, admission is free.

April 25, 2017 - 3:32 pm

National Volunteer Week seems like the perfect time to acknowledge our spectacular team of MacLaren volunteers. In 2016 alone we welcomed 72 new volunteers. The total number of volunteers reached 278 and these gracious volunteers contributed almost 4600 hours of work. This incredible team assists the Centre in many different areas from guiding tours to promoting our programs to organizing...