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.

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


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 Winter 2019 Exhibitions:

Next | Wave (January 12 – February 1, 2019)

Visual arts programs at York University, at the Masters or Doctorate level, encourage students to develop their artistic practice independently within a critical and theoretical environment. York’s studio setting inspires artists to experiment, to expand their knowledge of contemporary trends within their field, and to develop their own artistic voices. Most importantly, it allows them to situate their practice not just within the wider artistic community, but within society as a whole.

Launching this winter, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham will partner with the Visual Arts Department of York University to present an annual exhibition of works by second year MFA and PhD students. This group exhibition will allow the students to exhibit in a professional setting, to broaden their exposure within the artistic community of York Region and to engage with visitors of all ages. The initiative strenghtens the Varley Art Gallery’s position as a site for mentorship and as a forum for new ideas and experimentation.

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.

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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