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A festival of art and language

September 28 to October 1

Organized by the MacLaren Art Centre
In partnership with the Barrie Film Festival, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and the Barrie Public Library
Presented in conjunction with Culture Days


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, readings, film screenings and workshops take place at the Gallery and at other downtown Barrie venues. Admission is free. This year’s festival theme is Translation: the translation of experience into expression as it shapes our sense of self.

Carnegie Days draws on the origins of the MacLaren Art Centre’s building as a 1917 Carnegie public library with activities that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. It also celebrates the legacy of Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who built over 2,500 public libraries in the English-speaking world.

Festival highlights include a live performance by musician Ray Dillard inspired by the current exhibition Jaime Angelopoulos: Act Naturally (September 28, 7:30 pm); an Art for Lunch talk by senior artist John Hartman on collecting historical photographs in conjunction with the show Collecting Canada: Selections from John Hartman’s Photography Collection (September 29, 12:15 pm); the public celebration and launch of the MacLaren’s revitalized sculpture garden (September 29, 1:30 pm); in conjunction with the MacLaren’s group exhibition Re-enact, a screening presented by the Barrie Film Festival of the film Seraphine, Seraphine by Krista Belle Stewart followed by a Q+A with this exhibiting Vancouver artist at the Uptown Theatre (September 29, 7 pm); Celebrate Being Canadian!, a story-time for families with books by Canadian authors at the Barrie Public Library Downtown Branch (September 30, 10 am); readings by Barrie actor Joy Thompson from the journals of Mary O’Brien, the mother of Shanty-Bay artist Lucius O’Brien (1832-1899) in conjunction with the exhibition Summer Sketches: Lucius O'Brien and Garett Walker (September 30, 1 pm); a reception for Self-Portrait, a faculty show by artists who teach MacLaren studio programmes with a Culture Days Open House (September 30, 2 to 4 pm); NFB film screenings of From Far Away by Shira Avni & Serene El-haj Daoud (Animation, 2000, 6 minutes) and Asthma Tech by Johnathan Ng (Animation, 2006, 7 minutes), (October 1, 12:30 pm); a Carnegie Days Mail Art Family Workshop led by regional artist Sean George (October 1, 1:30 pm); and performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in Coding and Choreography (October 1, 2:30 pm).

For a full schedule of events, visit our website at For information, call 705-721-9696.

Images (clockwise from top left): Krista Belle Stewart, Her Story, 2014, video. Commissioned by the Public Art Program and produced as part of the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation. Image courtesy of the artist; Simcoe Contemporary Dancers; Family Workshop participants. Photo: Andre Beneteau.


About the MacLarenArtCentre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the major public art gallery in Central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,400 works of art and presents a year-round programme of innovative, world-class exhibitions, art education activities and special events. The MacLaren is housed in a 24,000 square-foot award-winning building. This architectural landmark in downtown Barrie combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. As a cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the MacLaren is a central meeting place and a cultural hub of activities for residents in the city, a tourist destination for visitors from across the province, and an economic driver for downtown revitalization.

The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
Directions: From highway 400 north, 90K north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed on statutory holidays

Wheelchair accessible





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