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The First Floor Gallery

The First Floor Gallery, created to profile the incredible artwork of local artists, opened in January 2015. 

This exhibition space is located at City Hall, between the Service Barrie and Court and Legislative Services counters, and is curated by Cultural Development staff with the assistance of local visual artists. The space is open to the public from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Guiding Principles
Application Process

Each exhibition will be installed for a minimum of two months at a time. Applications are accepted all year long, and will be considered as space becomes available. Applicants will be contacted regarding exhibition opportunities upon receipt of their applications.

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • a letter of interest,
  • a previous work summary or resume and
  • a series of 10–12 images of their work as image files or via link.
  • A list of works should be attached that includes title, year of completion, medium and the dimensions.
  • the name of the exhibit and a brief artist statement (2–3 paragraphs) that can be used in promotional materials.

Please note in your submission any special requirements for your exhibit. For the purposes of exhibition, any works on paper will need to be framed. Works on canvas or panels must be wired to enable hanging. We encourage artists working in a variety of mediums to submit to the process and we will work with them to accommodate exhibiting their works (e.g. fibre arts, mixed media, sculpture). 

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of local arts individuals: artists or have experience in or are employed in the field of visual arts. The committee will be comprised of 3–5 individuals with arts expertise, plus the City's Culture Officer responsible for Development and Public Art. These individuals will act as a jury panel to determine the successful candidates. The jury panel will create a schedule for the artists, in conjunction with the Culture Officer, in order to present a variety of work from different arts mediums.

Exhibit Length

Each exhibit will be on display for a period of typically two months. Artists will be asked to install their work on the first business day of the month and remove on the last business day of the relevant month. The installation date will be open to negotiations depending upon when the previous exhibit is being taken down. Every effort will be made to ensure continuity in the exhibit space. Please note that City Hall is not open on Sundays and the gallery is may be inaccessible on Saturdays due to the Barrie Farmers' Market.

Artists will be asked to leave their exhibit in place for the entire two months. Artists will be asked to sign a basic agreement/contract that will demonstrate the artist’s commitment and confirm the exhibition dates.

Sale of Art

City by-laws prohibit the sale of artworks in City Hall (with the exception of the Barrie Farmers' Market) so artists cannot display prices on their work. They can however put their name and contact information on or near their work, or include it in their artist statements. Should an artist sell a work in the exhibit, they are required to leave it in place until the end of the exhibit.

Group Exhibits

Multiple artists are welcome to apply to exhibit together. If this is the case, it is important that the application includes all names of artists, title of their works, dates and dimensions.


Cultural Development staff will be pleased to promote the exhibitions in the First Floor Gallery on this webpage and through social media where possible. The department will also be happy to promote openings of exhibits dependent upon budget approval.

Current Exhibit 
May & June 2022

Landscape Stories – Enrique Bravo

Enrique Bravo is a Venezuelan fine artist and architect, who has lived in Canada since July of 2018. He works mostly in acrylic and watercolour, as well as mixed media for a variety of expressive results. Enrique has won live painting tournaments in Toronto and Barrie, and exhibited in shows, events, and galleries in Ontario. An architect by trade, he graduated from and taught at Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela before coming to Canada. An awarded cartoonist and comic maker, he has been published in several print and digital media in Venezuela. He is also an active member of the Barrie Art Club.

From the Artist:

“My work is divided into different facets; as an artist working in almost every form of expression, such as comics, political cartoons, illustrations for magazines and books, portraits, murals, and artistic painting. As an architect, working in conceptual and commercial perspectives for different firms in Venezuela and the Caribbean area.

My work as an artist is the appropriate avenue to express myself graphically. The vision in space and volume and the human figure is implicit in my expressive nature, and in my mind and hands, there has always been a need to capture the feeling and make it visible. ''Landscape Stories'' condenses most of my vision and expression, in different ways.". 

To view more of the artist's work, visit

E Bravo No Return.jpg
​ No Return​, 2019, acrylic on canvas

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