Public Art

Brightening Barriers Exhibition on Display Until September 29

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. ​The Barrie Public Art Guide (PDF) features works in public spaces across Barrie along with mapped locations. Copies are available for pickup at City Hall and tourism outlets.

In October 2012, City Council approved its first Public Art Policy (PDF), created by a committee of arts experts from Barrie and surrounding area. The policy established a Barrie Public Art Committee (BPAC) that works to raise the profile of public art and create a vibrant, animated city full of public art for all to enjoy. Projects listed on this website have involved BPAC.

Each object in the City's public art collection is on a maintenance schedule. The timing of each cleaning/treatment is determined by the medium of the artwork, its age, and location. There is an exception when cleaning is required due to unexpected causes (e.g. vandalism).