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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.

The Art in Unexpected Places Exhibit 
June 30 - September 4, 2017

Art in Unexpected Places, presented by Pratt Homes, features temporary public art pieces that engage you in different ways, celebrate our local and national history and showcase the work of contemporary Canadian artists in acknowledgement of Canada 150.

Visit downtown Barrie for a new perspective on some of your favourite familiar locations. This exhibition promises to turn the traditional concept of public art as being statues and murals on its head by bringing whimsy and wonder downtown.

Take a self-guided tour to find them all.

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. 

Mission Statement: “The Barrie Public Arts Committee will enhance the City of Barrie by purposefully acquiring public art that inspires and connects the community in our public spaces. We will promote art appreciation and build lasting relationships through education, integration and activation that engages the community, creates conversation and demonstrates the value of public art”.



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