About Us

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham supports the Varley Art Gallery as a vital cultural hub in the GTA. Our mandate is to support the Varley Art Gallery’s strong visual arts program through our activities and investments. We provide funding to assist with art acquisitions, the conservation of the Gallery’s art collection, educational programming and exhibition research. We also administer the volunteer program on behalf of the Varley Art Gallery, which provides additional support for their programs and events.

What We Do


Art Acquisition

The Varley Art Gallery’s founding art collection began with Kathleen McKay’s donation of 67 works, including many of F.H. Varley’s works. Beyond the 67 original works, we have supported the acquisition of contemporary works, and the Gallery’s holding currently stands at 1,500 works of art.


Conservation of Art Collection

With a vast collection of artworks, we provide the financial support to assist the Varley Art Gallery in the preservation, conservation and proper storage of their collection for future generations to study and enjoy.


Educational Support

We work with the Varley Art Gallery to make art more accessible to school groups and the general public. Our docent program supports the Gallery’s education team, providing tours to education groups. We also provide the financial means to sustain the Gallery’s Lunch and Learn program.


Exhibition and Program Research

Through our support, Varley Art Gallery of Markham employees are able to participate in seminars, conferences, and other learning opportunities to engage and exchange with other institutions.

Our 2022 Highlights

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us by sending an email directly to fdauphinais@markham.ca.

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