Garden Follies: A Selection of Works by the Barrie Art Club

June 16 – October 22, 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, June 16 / 6:30 – 9:00pm

Garden Follies are ornate garden structures devoid of a practical function. At the height of their popularity in the 1700s and 1800s, their main purpose was symbolic, built into the landscape to signify a landowner’s wealth, importance, and control over the landscape.

Taking these structures as a conceptual starting point, members of the BarrieArt Club were invited to submit new and existing works that respond to the idea of the garden folly. The selected works illustrate contemporary considerations of gardens, landscapes, horticultural practices, and the impacts of the human desire to exert control over our natural environment. Taken together, the works ask us to reflect on our personal and collective relationships to the land that sustains us.

Click here to learn more about how to submit an artwork. Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2023.