Seeds to Sow

Temporary Public Art Exhibition, City of Barrie

September 27 – November 8, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28
City of Barrie, ON

Curated by Katie Lawson
Artistic Director and City of Barrie Public Art Coordinator, Carol-Ann Ryan

The City of Barrie, with support from the Barrie Public Art Committee (BPAC), is proud to announce a temporary exhibition of public art that will take place along Kempenfelt Bay and the downtown core from September 27 to November 8, 2024. Seeds to Sow brings together four nationally recognized Canadian artists and two regionally based artists who have been chosen to create six installations of temporary public art, creating a rich dialogue with the existing fabric of the city.

The exhibition title invokes seeds as powerful symbols of hope and potential. It connects us to ongoing cycles of seasonality, an inheritance from our past and an intention for the future. Art in public space provides an opportunity for meaningful conversations – what do we wish to carry forth from seasons past? What kind of future do we wish to cultivate?

The four national artists and artist teams include Adrian Blackwell (Toronto, ON), Lisa Hirmer (Guelph, ON), Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan of Native Art Department International (Toronto, ON) and Lou Sheppard (Lunenburg, NS). Artists were chosen based on their previous experiences in professional public art practice, the diversity of the media they work in and the ideas that their work explores. Each invited artist has spent time in Barrie visiting various sites and researching areas of interest.

Regional artists Amy Bagshaw and Ted Fullerton were the successful candidates in a public art competition held by the City of Barrie. Eighteen submissions from artists across Simcoe County were reviewed by a jury that included a member of the Barrie Public Art Committee, one professional artist and the exhibition curator, Katie Lawson.

“The caliber and experience of the artists chosen for the Seeds to Sow exhibition is truly exceptional. I am excited to see how they transform our public spaces for this exhibition,” said Stephannie Schlichter, Director of Invest Barrie.

Seeds to Sow is generously supported by the Downtown Barrie BIA, Joan Gilroy, Kim Kieller, Jennifer Long-Allen, Barry and Elizabeth Peacock, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

For exhibition information, please contact:
Carol-Ann Ryan
Public Art Coordinator and Artistic Director Seeds to Sow

For media inquiries, please contact:
Emma Sharpe
Communications Advisor


The City of Barrie acknowledges the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.

We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.