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  • You can help us win a $10,000 gift! Every dollar you donate throughout the month of June is one qualifying entry to help us win!

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  • Become a Volunteer!

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  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 Toronto Marriott Markham Tickets: $150 Individual | $2000 Corporate Table

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  • Recruiting: Program Assistants, Event Assistants, Docents and Gallery Attendants

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

Current Employment Opportunities

Are you a student between the ages of 15 – 30 years of age registered as a full time student in the previous academic year and returning to full time studies in Fall 2018? Are you also a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and are you legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations? If so, JOIN OUR TEAM!

Our summer student employment opportunities are:
Gallery Animateur (applications close June 3)
Summer Camp and Community Volunteer Supervisor (applications close June 3)
Special Event Coordinator (applications close June 17)
Applications will only be accepted through the online system. Please click the individual links read the full job description and to submit your application today!

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:


Refuge (May 19 – Sep. 3, 2018)

Organized by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham and curated by Anik Glaude.
Refuge presents works by artists Karen Miranda Abel, Lisa hirmer, Jessica Karuhanga and Anna Williams. Inspired by the gallery’s location near Toogood Pond and the Rouge River watershed, Refuge dwells upon issues of boundaries, permanence, interconnectivity and exchange. It explores the physical and psychological effects of nature for humans and animals alike, specifically within the context of the urban forest.

Inscapes (May 19 – Sep. 3, 2018)

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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