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Welcome to the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham (Charitable Registration Number 891618373RR0001) raises funds to support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, with a focus on art acquisitions, conservation of the art collection, educational programs and exhibition research. The Foundation also operates an active volunteer program to further support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.
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The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham have proudly produced a series of videos in four parts, entitled CREATE, LEARN, EXPLORE, INSPIRE. This project is supported by the Varley Art Gallery and the Corporation of the City of Markham. Please view the first two videos here and get a taste of what the Varley Art Gallery offers the community.

Looking for the Varley Art Gallery? Please visit their official website www.varleygallery.ca

Thank you to our Canada Summer Job students!

This summer we were honoured to have Millicent Hofung, Jessie Kim, Sachin Makan and Kathy Sheng on our team!





As Summer Camp and Community Volunteer Supervisor, Millicent worked hard to coordinate our Summer Camp Program Assistant volunteers, ensuring they were trained, energized and ready to engage the Varley Art Gallery’s campers in positive, meaningful and creative ways.

Jessie assisted as our Special Event Coordinator and played an integral role in the planning, organizing and coordination of our upcoming fundraising event, Rouge: Varley Gala. She is also the producer behind the Varley video series CREATE, LEARN, EXPLORE, INSPIRE.

We hope you stopped by the gallery to meet Sachin and Kathy in the Varley Art Gallery’s exhibition galleries this past summer. As Gallery Animateurs, they provided informative, educational and public engagement programs through the delivery of tours and in-gallery activities.

Don’t forget – the Varley Art Gallery offers free Exhibition Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm! A tour will also be held on Monday, September 3, the final day of the Refuge exhibition.


Upcoming Fundraising Events

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham are proud to announce their fundraising events for 2018! As patrons, donors and sponsors of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation, your contribution ensures that we are able to continue supporting the Varley Art Gallery’s art acquisitions, exhibition research and educational programs.

 Rouge: Varley Gala
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Toronto Marriott Markham
Cocktail reception 6:00 p.m. | Dinner | Live and Silent Auctions | Live Performance by The Doubts
Tickets: $150 Individual | $2000 Corporate Table



Proud supporters of the Varley Art Gallery’s Current Exhibitions:

Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War (Sep. 15, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019). A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum

Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War examines how Canadian depicted their First World War experiences in art, both at home and overseas, whether as official war artists or as soldiers in the field. The works of art presented here are deeply personal testimonies that stand as a record of the conflict, and help to expand our visual understanding of the personal and national impact of this major event in Canadian history.

Inscapes (Sep. 15, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019)

Featuring works from the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s permanent collection, Inscapes explores the landscape genre and considers the relationship between it and the natural world it depicts. Original texts by Pushpa Acharya, Tina Zafreen Alam, Whitney French, Laboni Islam, Sheniz Janmohamed and Hyacinthe Miller accompany the works, offering new insights and interpretations.

The Varley Art Gallery acknowledges the ongoing support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham in the development, exhibition and conservation of our permanent collection.
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