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Behind the Scene Vault Tour


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Varley Art Gallery of Markham

216 Main Street Unionville

Markham, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Join Varley Curator Anik Glaude for a private tour of the gallery’s vault. View the permanent collection with works by world-renowned Canadian artists, and learn how collections are cared for. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.

image credit: F.H. Varley, The Birch Tree. 1996.



Varley Art Gallery of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery acknowledges the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples and their commitment to stewardship of the land. We acknowledge the communities in circle. The North, West, South and Eastern directions, and Haudenosaunee, Huron- Wendat, Anishnabeg, Seneca, Chippewa, and the Mississaugas of the Credit peoples. We share the responsibility with the caretakers of this land to ensure the dish is never empty and to restore relationships that are based on peace, friendship, and trust. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.

Varley Art Gallery Programs include:

Rotating art exhibitions

Public events: lectures, talks, tours, workshops, complementing Varley exhibitions.

Art Camps in summer, winter and March Break

Art Classes for students from the age of four to senior citizen

Educational programs: field trips, activities and tours tied to the Ontario curriculum

Professional Development for Teachers

Publications that accompany Varley exhibitions

Organization and circulation of touring exhibitions

Private and corporate event rentals at the Varley Art Gallery; studio and exhibition rentals at the McKay Art Centre

A Volunteer Program operated by the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

Other Events from this Organizer


When We All Get Together - Exhibition Opening Reception

Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Markham, ON

Sep 29

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Culture Days at the Varley Art Gallery

Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Markham, ON

Sep 22

12:00 AM →

Oct 15

→ 5:00 PM