CARNEGIE DAYS 2019 at the MacLaren Art Centre


A festival of art and language

September 26 to 29
Organized by the MacLaren Art Centre
In partnership with Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and the Barrie Public Library
Presented in conjunction with Culture Days

From September 26 to 29, 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, readings, artists’ talks, screenings, guided tours and hands-on family workshops take place at the MacLaren and in downtown Barrie. This year’s festival theme is Book Club.

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 the 2019 Legacy Dinner honouring Joan Lehman with readings by award-winning journalist, author and documentary producer Steve Paikin (September 26, 6 pm. VIP event, tickets $180); an Art for Lunch talk by exhibiting artist Derek Sullivan (September 27, 12:15 pm. Admission free); Carnegie Days Storytime, a story-time for families at the Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch (September 28, 10 am. Admission free); spoken word performances by youth from Barrie and the region (September 28, 12 pm. Admission free); a poetry reading by Brampton-based writer Leonarda Carranza (September 28, 1 pm. Admission free); a reception for Ex Libris, a faculty show by artists who teach MacLaren studio programmes with a Culture Days Open House (September 28, 2 pm. Admission free); a special reading of The Owl Pen (1947), written by Kenneth Wells and illustrated by exhibiting artist Lucille Oille (September 29, 12:30 pm. Admission free); NFB film screenings of The Girl Who Hated Books by Jo Meuris (2006), Vistas: Little Thunder by Nance Ackerman and Alan Syliboy (2009), The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin by Janet Perlman (1981) and The Dingles by Les Drew (1988) (September 29, 1 pm. Admission free); a Carnegie Days Family Workshop led by regional artist Heather Riley (September 29, 1:30 pm. Admission free); performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (September 29, 2:30 pm. Admission free); and MacLaren building and exhibition tours (September 27, 2 pm and September 28, 11 am. Admission free).

Festival exhibitions on view at the MacLaren include Derek Sullivan: Bookworks, a major solo show of drawings by Toronto-based artist Derek Sullivan highlighting the unseen architecture of books during their print production, curated by Emily McKibbon; What is here has echoed, a group exhibition featuring artwork by Therese Bolliger, Aidan Cowling, Yam Lau, Max Lupo, Ève K. Tremblay and Olivia Whetung that looks at artistic strategies to manifest, memorialize or make permanent language or knowledge at risk of being erased, curated by Emily McKibbon; Arnaud Maggs: Scrapbook, a four-part photographic work revealing the artist’s sustained interest in how we collect, organize and cherish mementos, curated by Noor Alé; and Lucille Oille: Uninterrupted Eden featuring a selection of woodblock prints by regional artist and illustrator Lucille Oille for The Owl Pen (1947) and In Pastures Green (1915), curated by Noor Alé.

For more information on exhibitions and a full schedule of events, visit our website at or phone 705-721-9696.

Image Credits: Youth Spoken Word Performance, MacLaren Art Centre. Photo: André Beneteau (left); Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in Mairead Figate’s Reversible Steps for Four. Photo: Wendy Hutchinson (middle); Family Sunday Workshop, MacLaren Art Centre (right)


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 significant permanent collection of contemporary Canadian art and presents a year-round programme of innovative 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, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Stewart Esten.

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
Closed statutory holidays

Wheelchair accessible