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 Art Gallery is a vital cultural hub in York Region. In 2017, over 44,000 patrons visited the Varley Art Gallery.

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Upcoming Fundraising Events

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham are proud to announce their fundraising events for 2019! 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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 6 pm – 9:30 pm | 19+ event ID Required
Check out our event page for more information!

 Rouge: Varley Gala

Friday, October 18, 2019 | Toronto Marriott Markham

Cocktail reception 6:00 p.m. | Dinner | Live and Silent Auctions | Live Musical Performances

Proud supporters of the Varley Art Gallery’s Spring 2019 Exhibitions:

Chris Klein and Yam Lau: Weave (February 9 – April 21, 2019)

“The taut thread…was the precursor of the drawn line of architectural design, whose straightness was compared to that of a ray of light. Sixteenth century treatises on perspective even depicted sight lines as lines of tightly stretched thread, but with loose ends that betrayed their nature.” —Tim Ingold

Canadian artists Chris Kline and Yam Lau present Weave, a two-person exhibition that reflects precise involvement in the fields of force of materials. In an unusual pairing, the artists’ respective works find surprising affinities: Kline’s tender and rigorous hand-coloured paintings contrast with Lau’s gliding cinematic movements through simulated space, but both artists are intimately involved with the entanglement of idea and substance, being and becoming, memory and form, especially as woven through or across screens.

Our Children: Reflections of Childhood in Historical Canadian Art (April 13 – June 23, 2019)

From staged commissioned portraits to lighthearted scenes of leisure, this exhibition explores the portrayal of children by Canadian artists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collectively, these works offer insight into the changing conceptions of childhood within Canadian settler societies, including family dynamics, gender roles and class structures. Featuring many prominent artists from this broad period including Paul Kane, Cornelius Krieghoff, Robert Harris and Charlotte Schreiber, the works also speak to the development of a Canadian artistic milieu.

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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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