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Youth making their mark on Barrie’s waterfront

The Ping Pong Table Project will see Barrie youth come up with a creative design for the table, which will be permanently installed on Centennial Beach Posted by BarrieToday.com | Aug. 2, 2018 Do you have a teenager who’s good with a paintbrush? The MacLaren Art...

Kristie MacDonald 2017 Recipient of the John Hartman Award

The MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie is pleased to announce that the 2017 recipient of the John Hartman Award is Kristie MacDonald. MacDonald lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her art practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in...

Register for 2018 MacLaren Summer Art Camps

Join us this summer for artist-led camps at the MacLaren! Get inspired by the Gallery’s exhibitions and create art in a large, fully-equipped, sunlight-filled studio space on the Gallery’s main floor. All MacLaren classes are taught by professional artists from the...

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction Thank You!

MACLARENARTCENTRE, BARRIE OFF THE HOOK: SILENT ART AUCTION Thank You! On November 17, more than 350 people attended the MacLaren Art Centre’s 27th annual Off the Hook silent art auction, which raises essential support for Gallery programs. One-hundred and fifty-one...

Ernest Conyers Barker: Watercolours Exhibit

Posted by Simcoe Review | Nov 14, 2017 Distinguished watercolourist and longtime Barrie resident Ernest Conyers Barker was known for his progressive career that spanned seventy years. Barker was inspired by a variety of sources ranging from the Group of Seven to...

2017 Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction

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...

Carnegie Days 2017

Carnegie Days 2017

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,...

MacLaren Art Centre Continues to Attract Audiences of All Ages

MacLaren Art Centre Continues to Attract Audiences of All Ages

Simcoe Review | Perry Lefko | 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, attendance reached 53,504 people, including 20,000 children and youth,...

MacLaren Celebrates 2017

MacLaren Celebrates 2017

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...