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Curatorial Talk and Tour with Guest Curator Andrea Fatona
Wednesday, September 19, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
The Carnegie Room and Gallery 3, MacLaren Art Centre. Admission free

Join us for a curatorial talk and tour of Settling in Place: Aylan Couchie, Martha Griffith and Charmaine Lurch. This group show features contemporary installations concerned with excavating and making visible material reminders of diverse and contested histories of place, settlement and community-making within Ontario. Settling in Place remains on view through October 28, 2018.

Andrea Fatona is an independent curator and an associate professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. She is concerned with issues of equity within the sphere of the arts and the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by “other” Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities. Her broader interest is in the ways in which art, “culture” and “education” can be employed to illuminate complex issues that pertain to social justice, citizenship, belonging and nationhood. She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was the 2017/18 OCAD U-Massey Fellow. Fatona has published scholarly articles, catalogue essays and book chapters in a range of publications.

Artist Talk with Mary Anne Barkhouse
Thursday, September 27, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Campus Gallery, Georgian College. Admission free

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She has shown her work across Canada and in New York. Her public art installations can be found in parks and university campuses across Ontario and her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg; the Remai Modern, Saskatoon; the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; and the Art Gallery of Guelph, among others. Her solo exhibition, The Interlopers, remains on view at the MacLaren through October 28, 2018.

Art for Lunch with Maxine Proctor: artists' books and resistance in the age of the internet
Friday, September 28, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre. Admission free

Artists’ books have a long history of circumventing institutional systems and a reputation as a vehicle for critique. As a marginalized art form, artists’ books flow outside mainstream channels. They are also an accessible mode for the distribution of ideas and knowledge. With the theme print and resistance in mind, Toronto Art Book Fair director and co-founder Maxine Proctor explores how artists’ books, ephemera and printed matter have emerged through political and social activist movements over the last century. She will also address how they have maintained a stronghold in how we engage with resistance in the digital age.

Maxine Proctor is a practising art professional and freelance writer who is committed to curating, art criticism, education and public engagement through the dissemination of the ideas and work of emerging Canadian artists. Her academic research focuses on intersectional feminism, Internet art and aesthetics, as well as representations of nature and animals in contemporary art. Maxine holds a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan and a MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University. She is currently the Director and Co-founder of the Toronto Art Book Fair and the Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine.

Art for Lunch with Paul Petro: Collecting Contemporary Canadian Art
Friday, October 19, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre. Admission free

Paul Petro is a curator and gallery owner who has operated his Toronto-based gallery Paul Petro Contemporary Art since 1993, programming works by contemporary Canadian and international artists on an invitation basis. He holds an Hon. BA in English literature from Glendon College, Toronto.

Prior to opening his gallery, Petro was engaged as a practising artist and independent curator and served on many arts council advisory boards and juries. He has been extensively involved in the artist-run sector in Canada including the Programming Committee at A Space, Toronto (1986-89) and as a Founding Director of Inter/Access (1983), an artist-run centre in Toronto providing training and exhibition space for artists working in electronic media. He was the Director of Evelyn Aimis Fine Art (1986-93), a private international contemporary art gallery in Toronto. Paul Petro is also past President and member of the Board of Directors for C Magazine (2001-2009), a Toronto-based international contemporary art quarterly. He has collaborated on, produced and presented over 300 exhibitions, including the video and photography-based installation Basic Canadian (2000) with New York-based artist Rainer Ganahl and is currently pursuing the publishing of this project in book form.

Image: Exhibition reception for Settling in Place, July 5, 2018. Photo: Andre Beneteau


About the MacLaren Art Centre
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, education activities and special events.

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 and Canadian Heritage and our fall exhibition sponsor Stewart Esten Law.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km 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

Wheelchair accessible






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