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The First Floor Gallery

The First Floor Gallery, created to profile the incredible work of local artists, opened in January 2015. The space is located at City Hall, between the Service Barrie and Court and Legislative Services counters, and is curated by Culture Branch staff with the assistance of local visual artists.

Guiding Principles
Application Process

The submission deadline for 2019 is Wednesday, October 31 2018 at 4:30 pm. Each exhibition will be installed for 2 months at a time. Successful applicants will be notified in November and exhibits will begin in January 2019.

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • a letter of interest,
  • a CV or resume and
  • a series of 10–12 images of their work on a dvd or usb key.
  • 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 (3–5) individuals will be appointed by the Culture Branch and 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 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.


The Culture Branch 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 

Careless Remnants – Fiona Legg

This exhibit is on display in the First Floor Gallery at City Hall throughout July and August. Please feel free to drop in anytime between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Fiona Legg is a mixed media sculptor born in England and now based out of Art in House Gallery in downtown Barrie. Fiona works with a wide range of media, with many pieces being three-dimensional and stand alone. Often working with themes that are political, this past year she focused on pieces that reflect on the environmental damage that humans have inflicted upon the earth. Many of the pieces have a fibre component, as the artist feels that fibre has a familiar, humanizing effect that interests viewers and assists in communicating with them via the medium.  

From the artist:

‘Take only photos, and leave only footprints’ is a commonly known phrase related to healthy stewardship of the planet. This exhibit looks at the consequences of the actions that do NOT adhere to this principle. ‘Careless Remnants’ refers to the negative effects of human activity left behind on the earth. Often (but not always) these effects are unintentional. They are usually ugly, cause the earth harm, and are regretful consequences of human action. I am interested in how these impacts affect the earth and its inhabitants. I find this topic to be strangely appealing due to its ugliness, and timely in the necessity that the effects be halted or reversed. 

View more of Fiona's work 

Featured image: "What did you think quotas were for?, asked the last Bluefin tuna… too weak to raise a fin to point to the offending country". (2018)





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