Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

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.

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 

On display and available for viewing from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday from November 2021 to end of February 2022:

Element of Water – Linda Kearney

Linda is a retired Visual Art teacher who moved to Barrie from Toronto with her husband shortly after retirement in 2015.  Her last 25 years of teaching Linda worked as a Visual Art Teacher at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and now it is time to focus on her own art. Linda has worked in many styles but lately has dedicated much of her time experimenting with techniques in mixed media abstractions. She prefers working on canvas and wood panels with most of her current paintings being triptychs and diptychs. She plans on starting a business in the near future creating large scale, personalized, commissioned works.

Artist Statement:

“The focus of my work has always been to add beauty to our world. I am creating a series based on The Elements of Nature. Presently my focus is based on the Element of Water. I am exploring how the beauty of water enhances our lives in so many ways.

I have been lured from painting realistic landscapes and portraits into a more abstracted approach. I have played with the combination of non-objective and recognizable imagery. I have been experimenting with Liquid Glass acrylic and combining it with gold leaf and a variety of other media, creating strong contrasts in textures and reflections. Most of my work now is done on multiple canvasses or wood panels so as to create a large-scale image.

My goal is to move people to the appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us, and to be more reverend to the gifts of Nature". 

Linda Kearney Image 2.jpg

To view more of the artist's work, visit  

Looks like your screen is a bit too small

The page you are attempting to view is not currently compatible with the dimensions of your device. Please visit this page on a larger screen.