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Public Art Policy

A committee of arts experts led by Carolyn Bell Farrell, the Executive Director of the MacLaren Art Centre, authored Barrie’s first Public Art Policy. The policy was adopted by Barrie City Council on October 12, 2012, and will provide the framework for a public art program that will serve Barrie now and into the future.

Public Art Committee

The Department of Culture established a public art committee in March, 2013. The City of Barrie’s leadership and its Department of Culture are very excited about moving this policy forward and the opportunities that it will present to beautify and enhance our lovely city. Members of the public art committee:

Ted Fullerton (Chair)
A practising artist who works in painting, printmaking and sculpture, Ted is a former professor of Fine Art at Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Art and was the Coordinator of the Fine Art Program. He is active as a curator of contemporary art and has written critical essays on the work of artists Eric Fischl, Frederick Hagan and Tom La Pierre, among others. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Ted has exhibited across Canada, as well as internationally. His works are in private, corporate and public collections, and he has completed several major public art commissions. Ted Fullerton is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the recipient of numerous awards, including the City of Barrie’s 2010 award for Excellence in the Arts and the Georgian College Board of Governors 2012 Award of Excellence.
Joan Lehman (Vice-Chair)
Joan completed a MA in sociology at York University in 1972. From 1979 to 1999, she was a co-owner of Lehman + Associates, a land-use planning consulting firm in downtown Barrie; she retired in 1999. Joan is active in the community and has sat on several committees for the City of Barrie. From 1993 to 2005, she was a board member of the MacLaren Art Centre and chaired the building committee, overseeing the five-year conversion of the Carnegie library into an award-winning art gallery. While a board member of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka (2006 to 2010), she chaired the building committee for their new clubhouse. Joan is the recipient of numerous volunteer awards, including the Canadian Museums Association’s National Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement (2002). Her keen interest in public art and the use of public space has motivated her travel to national and international cultural destinations.
Niall Donaghy 
A practicing artist based in Hawkestone, Ontario, Niall holds a MFA from York University, a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College. Donaghy has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally, and has completed several public art commissions. He has worked in numerous university art galleries and artist-run centres. Niall was the Exhibition Technician at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie from 2008 to 2011. He was the recipient of the 2009 Barrie Arts Award for Emerging Artist. Niall currently works in Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Art.
Carolyn Bell Farrell (Past-Chair)
A senior arts professional with thirty years of experience in museum and art gallery management, Carolyn is the Executive Director of the MacLaren Art Centre. Prior to moving to Barrie in 2007 to join the MacLaren, she was the artistic and administrative head of the Koffler Gallery in Toronto for nine years. As a curator, her practice focused on site-specific installations and public art projects. Carolyn was a founding member of the City of Toronto’s “Art Committee for Public Places,” responsible for public art on public land; an Adjunct Professor at York University; and a member of the Executive of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She currently chairs the Fine Arts Advisory Committee for Georgian College. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre School of Cultural Management.
Ted Handy
Ted is the lead architect and principal of Ted Handy and Associates Inc., responsible for the overall direction of each project to its successful realization. Upon completing his education in architecture and environmental studies at the University of Waterloo in 1976, Ted Handy went out to work for the Chandler Kennedy Architectural Group, one of the largest architectural practices in the country. During this time, Ted was an associate partner and senior project administrator. He then moved to the Dover Park Development Corporation Limited, with the position of development manager. These positions provided a detailed background in planning, project development, construction, financing, and operation, which he applies today at Ted Handy and Associates. Ted has designed several award-winning facilities for a diverse group of loyal clientele from municipalities to school boards and commercial to residential.
Marlene Hilton Moore 
A self-educated visual artist who exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, Marlene has been a recipient of numerous public art commissions over the last fifteen years. Her most recent commission for the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, Toronto was installed in 2012. A recent body of sculptural work, Listen to Hear, is on exhibition at the Alton Mill Sculpture Garden for 2012/13. Hilton Moore’s audio-visual installations have toured to public art galleries in Ontario, Quebec and the east coast from 2003 to 2012. Her work is in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, the University of Winnipeg and other public and private collections. Hilton Moore resides in Hillsdale and in 2010 retired from teaching at Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Arts in Barrie.
Lynn Strachan
A third-term City Councillor, Lynn represents Ward 2, Barrie's City Centre. Lynn is a resource development professional and currently works for the David Busby Street Centre. Lynn sits on many boards and committees as a Council representative and volunteer including the board of directors of the MacLaren Art Centre, the Barrie Public Library and the Downtown Business Improvement Association. Lynn is a strong advocate for arts and culture in Barrie and believes in the power of public art to create a sense of place and enhance the community. Last, but certainly not least, she is the proud mother of two children.
Barry Ward 
A member of Barrie City Council since the year 2000, Barry currently chairs the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the City’s Development Services Committee. He is also a member of several other boards and committees, including the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation. Barry is a past member of the boards of the MacLaren Art Centre, the Gryphon Theatre and Downtown Barrie. He is a member of the Kempenfelt Rotary Club and a past president of that service club. A resident of Barrie since 1984, Barry is a former city editor of The Barrie Examiner and a bookstore owner. He is currently a freelance writer and an editor for publications across Canada. He and Marg live in Barrie and have two teenage sons. They enjoy reading, skiing, exploring new and familiar places and spending time at the cottage.

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