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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.

Public Art Walking Tours

This summer, explore downtown Barrie on a free, immersive tour featuring public art. The City of Barrie is home to many creative landmarks. Join us on this educational and engaging walking tour downtown Barrie, where you can experience internationally renowned artists from across Canada. This tour features local talent and businesses, and supports the City of Barrie’s goal to foster a creative and diverse Downtown Cultural Hub.

Every Wednesday from July 24th to August 28th

7 PM start time
Meet at the top of the steps in Meridian Place - look for the person holding up Public Art Guides

Saturday, July 27th

10 AM start time
Meet at the bike rack art installation, Dividers Made Into A Juncture, in front of the Downtown Public Library, 60 Worsley Street

Saturday, August 17th

10 AM start time
Meet at the bike rack art installation, Dividers Made Into A Juncture, in front of the Downtown Public Library, 60 Worsley Street

Walk route maps will be available for pick up at the meet up site, or are downloadable here: Public Art Walking Tour - Summer 2019. Walks are approximately 30-45 minutes and include some inclines. They are restricted to the downtown core. It is recommended that you wear comfortable foot wear. If you would like to inquire about booking a tour outside of the scheduled times, please email

Barrie Public Art Guide

The Barrie Public Art Committee has released a Public Art Guide with maps for the City of Barrie. Download the Barrie Public Art Guide, or pick one up at Celebrate Barrie, City Hall or any of our tourism outlets!

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. 

Vision: Connecting our Community through Public Art

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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