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Public Art

Public art is visual art that exists in the public realm. It includes all works that are commissioned, purchased by, or donated to the City to be located in publicly accessible spaces.

In October 2012, City Council approved its first Public Art Policy, created by a committee of arts experts from Barrie and surrounding area. The policy established a public art committee that works to raise the profile of public art and create a vibrant, animated city full of public art for all to enjoy.

Barrie Public Art Committee looking to fill two vacancies

The City of Barrie is seeking to fill two (2) citizen vacancies on the Barrie Public Art Committee for a term to expire on December 31, 2019.

The mandate of this Committee is to provides expert community input on the City of Barrie’s public art policies and procedures, giving guidance and advice to City departments, agencies, sponsors, boards and commissions from the earliest stages of public art projects proposed for City-owned lands and potential donations to the City.  The Barrie Public Art Committee promotes awareness and understanding of the importance of high-quality public art. The Barrie Public Art Committee encourages the development of public art in Barrie and develops the master plan for public art for the City of Barrie, including a review of existing and future development in Barrie while identifying public art opportunities. The committee meets bimonthly, with subcommittees, including Marketing and Communications, Site Selection and Art, meeting when projects or processes require.

Applications containing details regarding qualifications and applicable experience for the above appointment must include:

1.       A resume or CV

2.       Information about qualifications and experiences with working on Committees, Boards or Commissions

3.       Details about how your appointment will benefit the Barrie Public Art Committee.

Please submit your completed application to the address noted below, in person, mail, fax (705-739-9160) or email (, on or before Friday, May 12th at 4:30 pm.

Creative Economy Department – Culture Branch

Mailing Address: PO Box 400, Barrie, ON  L4M 4T5

Office Address: 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON   L4M 3M3


About the Barrie Public Art Committee 

The Barrie Public Art Committee’s (BPAC) goal is to enhance Barrie with art, and encourage residents and visitors alike to visit public spaces. Made up of volunteers from the art and design industry, and interested community members, BPAC secures art by commissioning new works, facilitating donations, and organizing temporary installations. 

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