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Candlelight Vigil for Roberta Place

Candlelight Vigil for Roberta Place

Thursday, March 11, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In a display of solidarity, 20 health organizations across the province asked the public to remember those who have died from the virus by...

International Women’s Day: Q&A with artist Angela Aujla

International Women’s Day: Q&A with artist Angela Aujla

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! What better way to celebrate than by highlighting one of the inspiring and influential women in our community? We caught up with Innisfil artist and Sociology professor Angela Aujla to hear her thoughts on what intersectional feminism...

Evocative public art project to transform downtown spaces with light

Evocative public art project to transform downtown spaces with light

Barrie buildings are soon to become art canvases as part of an intimate new outdoor public art project Wintertide. An initiative of the MacLaren Art Centre, this three-part series will utilize downtown windows to show projections of works by regional artists as well...

Kate Schneider Recipient of the John Hartman Award

Kate Schneider Recipient of the John Hartman Award

Kate Schneider and John Hartman. Photo: Kyle MillsThe MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie is pleased to announce that the 2020 recipient of the John Hartman Award is Kate Schneider. Kate Schneider is an artist and educator of settler ancestry living in Tkaronto (Toronto)....

Scarborough artist Erika DeFreitas examines obscured histories

Scarborough artist Erika DeFreitas examines obscured histories

Installation view of Erika DeFreitas: everything she inspires remains, belongs to light, MacLaren Art Centre, 2020. Photo: Andre Beneteau A new exhibition at the MacLaren Art Centre is highlighting recent works by Scarborough-based artist Erika DeFreitas. everything...

MacLaren Access Art: our commitment to accessibility

MacLaren Access Art: our commitment to accessibility

Image: Accessibility Coordinator Tyler DurbanoWith generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the MacLaren Art Centre is excited to announce the development of MacLaren Access Art: accessible exhibition-related programs and interpretive tools designed in...

Sarjeant Co. Design Project: Where are they now?

Sarjeant Co. Design Project: Where are they now?

For over a decade, The Sarjeant Co. Design Project has been a highlight of the MacLaren Art Centre. We thought you might be interested in seeing where some of our past winners are now.Image: Victoria McCartneyVictoria McCartney was a 2011 winner. "Since winning the...

A view through the Plexiglass

A view through the Plexiglass

by Jessica Comella, Gallery Shop Manager | Nov 25, 2020 On July 2 after months of uncertainty, we reopened our doors by appointment. With Plexi-shields in place, hand sanitizer at every possible touchpoint and masks worn by staff upon entering the building, the idea...

Please join us in welcoming our new E.D. Karen Carter

Please join us in welcoming our new E.D. Karen Carter

At the conclusion of an international search process, MacLaren Art Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Karen Carter. Karen will begin her role on January 4, 2021. “Karen is an exemplary arts executive whose transformational...

Words and Images: Responding to this Place

Words and Images: Responding to this Place

Bringing downtown Barrie together through art.  Moving forward by supporting our community. In this time of change locally and globally, art offers reflection and hope. Downtown Barrie itself is in a moment of revitalization and recovery. Artists and writers have the...