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Varley Art Gallery - Markham's Hub for Art and Culture

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Varley Art Gallery

Markham, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Kick start your culture days with guided tours of our current exhibitions, a musical performance in our courtyard and family friendly art activities.

Current Exhibition:

197 Main Street

July 1, 2019 – June 19, 2020

A studio plays an important role in an artist’s creative process. It is a space where artworks are created, but it is also an area for research, experimentation and contemplation. A studio can be an entire room, a single wall or even the corner of a kitchen table. Over time, the studio becomes a reflection of the artist and the place itself can influence the work produced within. During his career, F. H. Varley worked in over fifteen different studios. A few of these featured prominently in his life, including his last one at 197 Main Street Unionville, now called the McKay Art Centre.

In this exhibition, F.H. Varley’s basement studio is revisited through artworks, tools and objects from the period 1957-1969 when the artist lived in Unionville. Inspired by photographs of the McKay Art Centre from that time, the gallery is divided into two separate areas. As you enter, furniture, original to 197 Main Street, suggests a domestic interior. Here, works by F.H. Varley are grouped according to the studios in which they were created. Behind this space, you will find a deconstructed studio with the artist’s easel, paint palette and various works in progress on display. By evoking these settings, we can better understand F.H. Varley’s works and the role of the studio in his creative production.


Varley Art Gallery


The Varley Art Gallery opened in 1997 with a founding collection donated by Kathleen Gormley McKay. The gallery is named after Frederick Horsman Varley, an original member of Canada’s famed Group of Seven.

Our Mission

The Varley Art Gallery is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities creating critical conversations about Canadian art and society.