The MacLaren puts art online
This fall, the MacLarenArtCentre in downtown Barrie, Ontario, will launch a new initiative entitled MacLarenArtOnline, made possible with support from the Government of Ontario.
The MacLarenArtCentre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a Permanent Collection of 26,600 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, public art projects, art education activities and special events.
To increase access to its Collection, the MacLaren is currently photographing artworks in its holdings with plans to make these images available online with descriptive information about the artworks and the artists. The first phase of this project focuses on the MacLaren’s Contemporary Canadian Collection and will launch in November 2012. The Gallery has acquired many contemporary artworks over the past ten years by leading Canadian artists such as Arnaud Maggs, Tim Zuck, John Hartman, Margaret Priest, Tom LaPierre, Jeff Thomas, Fred Hagan, Doris McCarthy, Tom Dean, Ed Burtynsky, Tony Scherman, Ron Martin, William Ronald, Jack Chambers and Jack Bush. A one-time project grant from the Government of Ontario is making this digitization project possible.
MacLaren Executive Director Carolyn Bell Farrell comments, “Given the size of our Collection, we can only exhibit a small portion at one time. Larger artworks are stored offsite, and staff hours to meet Collection inquiries on site are limited. As a research resource, the MacLaren’s Collection online will allow access to artwork that might otherwise remain inaccessible, and allow access at any time. As well, many works in our Collection are on paper. Digital images enhance our ability to protect fragile artwork, eliminating added handling. We are indebted to the Government of Ontario for this generous support.”
“The McGuinty Government is committed to providing support to Ontario’s creative institutions to enable them to become centres of innovation,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Capitalizing on technology will strengthen the MacLarenArtCentre and the role it plays as an important community hub and tourist destination. As a result of this digitalization project, local residents as well as all Ontarians will enjoy greater access to the creativity and richness of Ontario’s artists and works of art.”
About the MacLaren
The MacLarenArtCentre engages over 56,000 people each year through its programmes at the gallery, in the schools and in the community, including 21,000 children and youth. The Gallery 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. The MacLaren is committed to building a vibrant, healthy and creative community. As the cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the Gallery is a central meeting place and a cultural hub of activities for residents in the city, a partner to many community organizations, a tourist destination for visitors from across the province, and an economic driver and catalyst for downtown revitalization.
Gallery Location: The MacLarenArtCentre is located at 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, just one hour north of Toronto. From highway 400 north, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. We are on the right hand side just opposite City Hall. The building is wheel chair accessible
Gallery Hours: The MacLarenArtCentre is open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The MacLaren is closed statutory holidays. Suggested admission $5.
Gallery Tours: Guided tours of the gallery for groups and schools are available by appointment.
Contact Information: For more information on exhibitions and educational programming, please visit our website, www.maclarenart.com