The MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,000 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. The MacLaren is housed in an award-winning building in downtown Barrie and the complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. The MacLaren is open to the public seven days week, excluding statutory holidays.

The MacLaren Art Centre is currently seeking candidates for the positions listed below:

Artist Instructor

Job Posting:
Artist Instructor
Part-Time Contract Position
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Reporting to the MacLaren Education Officer, the Artist Instructor is a practicing visual artist who works on behalf of the Gallery to deliver studio-based programmes (such as summer camps, art classes, PA days, Family Sunday workshop etc.) at the Gallery and outreach locations in the community. The main area of responsibility for the Artist Instructor is to teach children, youth and adults a variety of approaches to art making, employing a wide range of media while drawing inspiration from MacLaren exhibitions. In this capacity, the Artist Instructor functions as an ambassador for the MacLaren Art Centre as well as these long-standing programmes.


  • BFA degree or college-level diploma in the visual arts
  • At least one year in-class teaching experience with children, particularly ages 6 to 11 years
  • Sound understanding of contemporary visual art and artistic practices
  • Creative thinking and an innovative approach to programming
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Punctuality, flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • A valid driver’s license and on-going access to a working vehicle
  • A current criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening
  • First Aid Certification is an asset
  • Ability to lead programmes in French is an asset

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

This is a part-time contract position with hours as agreed and scheduled.

The MacLaren Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer serving our diverse communities. Although we appreciate all applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to supply a current criminal records check and vulnerable sector police screening before work can commence.

Please send a personalized cover letter and curriculum vitae in confidence to: Tyler Durbano, Education Officer, MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 or email to:

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. Housed in an award-winning building, the Gallery has a permanent collection of work by contemporary Canadian artists and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. As a cornerstone of culture for the region, the MacLaren is a central meeting place for residents, a destination for visitors from across the province and a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLaren offers a dynamic work environment that supports opportunities for professional growth, encourages creativity, fosters teamwork and rewards excellence. Employees enjoy a well-organized, stable organization and a collegial culture that emphasizes mentoring, coaching and skills development.

Gallery Café Assistant: Now hiring

The Gallery Café at the MacLarenArtCentre welcomes applications for Café Assistants to work in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment. The Gallery Café offers a variety of breakfast items, premium coffees and teas, and variety of healthy lunch options. The Café also provides catering for many of the events at the MacLaren, including meetings, lunches and dinners, opening receptions and donor events. In addition, the Café co-ordinates bar service for all events held at the gallery, including weddings and holiday parties.
Job Requirements:
Reporting to the Café Manager, this position involves learning the day-to-day operations of the Gallery Café. The position involves greeting and serving customers, filling their orders and handling cash. Constant cleaning and restocking of the Café is required. Menu knowledge, as well as learning to prepare entrees, will be taught. Successful candidates must complete a vulnerable sector screening and criminal records check.
The successful candidate will have:
  • Post-secondary training or equivalent experience in the food service industry
  • Experience in food preparation, operation of an espresso machine
  • Smart Serve certification
  • Bartending skills an asset
  • Experience handling cash
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Initiative, common sense and a good sense of humor
Gallery Café hours: 7 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday; Wednesdays open until 7 pm. Saturdays 7 am – 4pm and Sundays 10am – 4pm.
This is a permanent part-time position. Event hours available.
Pay: Minimum wage plus gratuities.
Please apply in person to the Gallery Café or email