Join us on Saturday, January 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., for the opening of NEXT | WAVE. The opening will include a panel discussion from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. and light refreshments from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Follow us on social media for event updates. RSVP at


Dan Tapper, Studio visit, Fractured Terrain. Photo: Anik Glaude


John Ancheta, Nima Arabi, Shea Chang, Annie Dunning, Elham Fatapour, Katelyn Galucci, Rhenix Shi, Dan Tapper, Nava Waxman, Arma Yari, and Jes Young.

On view January 11 – February 2, 2020

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham collaborates with York University’s Department of Visual Art and Art History to present an annual exhibition of works by MFA and PhD students. This group show allows students to exhibit in a professional setting, to broaden their exposure within the York Region community and to engage with visitors of all ages.

NEXT | WAVE presents a future-oriented outlook expressed by a range of contemporary artistic practices. The wave metaphor enfolds individual works into a continuum of multiple trajectories, both in the physical and digital realms. The exhibition creates an event and a “space” composed of diverse, yet intertwining expressions.


Upcoming Events

Spring 2020 Exhibitions | Opening Night and Panel Discussion
Feb. 15 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Free
The place to be on a Saturday night in Markham. Join us for critical conversations, contemporary art, food and fun in the studio. RSVP at

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Xuan Ye and Wenxin Zhang
Curated by Belinda Kwan
This is the first of a three-part exhibition presented in partnership with InterAccess, Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container and Trinity Square Video.

Emotional Landscapes
Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R. M. Thompson, with F. Carmichael, A. J. Casson, A. Y. Jackson, J. E. H. MacDonald and F. H. Varley
Curated by Tak Pham, supported by Partners In Art

To make an auspicious home
Annie Wong
Curated by Rachel Fell and Anik Glaude

Lunch and Learn | Annie Wong
February 19 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Join us for these informal artist talks and hear about current and future exhibitions. Free for Members, Non-members $5 at the door. RSVP at

Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville
Markham, ON, L3R 2H1
905.477.7000 ext. 3261
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The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is an accessible venue.

Mon. (Sep. – Jul.) | Closed
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11 AM – 4 PM
Thurs. | 11 AM – 8 PM
Sat. | 10 AM – 5 PM

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.

Media Contact
Bowie Fan | 905.477.7000 ext. 3275 |