All Events

October 20, 2017 - 5:20 pm
he Story of "I" for Carnegie Days
Throughout the summer and early fall, at the gallery and throughout the region at community festivals, children, youth and families created vibrant illustrations, inspired by illuminated manuscripts, depicting letters, words and initials that have meaning to them. 
Now, The Story of “I” will become an online exhibition and a featured part of Carnegie Days. This annual festival of art and language includes exhibitions, public art projects, lectures, readings, screenings, workshops and other public programmes at the Gallery and in the city of Barrie. Coinciding with Culture Days, Carnegie Days 2017 takes place...
October 27, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Halloween Coffee House
October 27, 6 to 9 pm. Admission $2.
This is an all-ages event! Join us for the Youth Advisory Council’s annual Halloween Coffee House! Dress in your Halloween costumed-best and enjoy music and spoken-word performances by Simcoe County high school students! Youth performers are invited to audition on October 11 from 5 to 7 pm.
Interested in joining our Youth Council? Young people ages 14 to 18 are invited to develop MacLaren youth projects, events and exhibitions with and for their peers.
Contact Christina Mancuso, Education Officer at to sign up!
November 17, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Tickets are $50.00
Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction
Friday, November 17, 7 to 11 pm
Auction Preview: November 11 to 17 during Gallery hours
Public Tour of Auction Highlights: November 15, 6 to 7 pm
Tickets: $50 (online order below)
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 Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction. Bidders can also try their luck at winning gift certificates, jewellery and a selection of great prizes from local retailers. Add appetizers and desserts from Barrie’s best restaurants and you have all the ingredients for a great evening that also raises funds for the MacLaren...
November 24, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans
Friday, November 24, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Just in time for the holidays, Gallery Shop Manager Megan Stevenato introduces artists behind some of MacLaren’s best-selling collections. Learn about their approaches and get a first look at new pieces of work.

December 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate our winter exhibitions!

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7 to 9 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

Landon Mackenzie
Parallel Journey
December 7, 2017 to March 11, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery and Gallery 3
Curator: Liz Wylie
Organized and Circulated by the Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna
Artist Talk: Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 am, Georgian College Campus Gallery. Admission free

Ernest Conyers Barker
December 2, 2017 to February 25, 2018
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Renée van der Avoird

Margaret Priest
The Workers Monument Suite...

December 9, 2017 - 10:00 am
$125.00 + HST/$112.50 + HST MacLaren Members; Materials included

Dates              December 9, 2017
Times:             Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 1 workshop
Fees:               $125.00 + HST/$112.50 + HST MacLaren MembersMaterials included      

Join Vancouver artist Landon Mackenzie for a full-day master painting workshop! Beginning with a guided tour of her solo exhibition at the MacLaren, participants will explore abstraction and representations of the...

MacLaren Art Centre TV BINGO on Rogers, Barrie Ontario
October 24, 2017 - 8:00 pm
$5.00 for a 5-pack

MacLaren TV Bingo on ROGERS
Tuesdays, 8:00

MacLaren Art Centre TV Bingo is a LIVE hour of fun and excitement, brought to you exclusively by Rogers TV. Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm, host Stu Andrews calls the action with 5 chances to win great cash prizes. The final game of the night has a grand prize jackpot of $1,200 EVERY week. All proceeds goes directly to the MacLaren Art Centre's VanGo programme, which offers unique opportunities for Simcoe County students to work with professional artists in the classroom! Tune in each week to win cash prizes with Rogers TV's coverage of MacLaren Art Centre TV Bingo.

MacLaren TV Bingo Game Cards are available at the following locations...

January 13, 2018 - 10:00 am
$125.00 + HST/$112.50 + HST MacLaren Members; Materials included

Dates:               January 13, 2018
Times:              Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, 1 workshop
Fees:                $125.00 + HST/$112.50 + HST MacLaren MembersMaterials included         

Join regional artist Rod Prouse for a full-day master watercolour painting workshop! Inspired by the still-life as subject, participants will explore a variety of watercolour materials...

February 23, 2018 - 7:15 pm
Tickets: $60. On sale February 5 at 10:00 am
2017 Battle of the Bands
Friday, February 23
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Live music begins at 7:15 pm
Drawing on the considerable musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, our annual Battle of the Bands is one of the most celebrated live musical events of the year in Barrie. Proceeds from the event support the MacLaren Art Centre, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and the
Kempenfelt Rotary Club. Tickets $60, available at the MacLaren on February 5.