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Member News - August 2018

10 August 2018

45th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre presents the 45th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show!  The Car Show will run on Sunday, August 12th from 11am to 4pm.  The Rain Date will be Sunday, August 19th.  Go to for more information.

Richmond Hill Artist in Residence - Bookaleidoscope by Aimie Botelho
Blacksmith and artist Aimie Botelho has constructed an outdoor kaleidoscope that provides an opportunity to see the world in different colours and patterns. Enjoy a shared family experience where children and adults can view the world around them with a new perspective.

Learn more about the Artist in Residence Program

Grand Opening of the Latcham Gallery

Thursday, August 23rd at 7pm to celebrate the new home of Latcham Art Centre at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre.  The newly built gallery and art studio is located just inside the main entrance of the building, directly opposite the Library!  

The inaugural exhibition Anthropocene by Jaime Angelopoulous and Derrick Piens will be on view with remarks beginning at 7:30pm.  The artists will be present, admission is free, and refreshments will be served!

Enjoy evening at Latcham Art Centre and discover the exciting and curious works in this new exhibition. Learn More

Dufflebag Theatre presents Robin Hood at the Aurora Cultural Centre

On August 22nd, 2018, While the King is away, the people of England suffer under the oppressive rule of his tax-happy brother, Prince John. Only a straight arrow like Robin Hood, the best archer in the land, can save England! By stealing from the rich and giving back to the poor, Robin keeps the spirit of justice alive, with the help of a few friends along the way, including Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, and Little John. But what if the Prince and the dreaded Sheriff of Nottingham lay a trap for our hero? Full of all the humour and fun you come to expect, DuffleBag brings a wonderful time-honoured tale of derring-do! Learn More

Clearly Musical Home Concerts

Enjoy some upcoming indoor connections and music! Please join Clearly Musical for living room concerts in Richmond Hill this Summer and Fall. Learn More

Contemporary Landscapes - Winged Canvas

An exploration of the different ways we understand and capture our rapidly changing world. July 13 - August 12. Learn More

Maryam Ebrahimi at 2018 Artwalk in the Square

Maryam will be at Booth 1 in the Town Square at The Shops at Don Mills at 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Free admission from August 10-12th. Learn More

Curator's Talk at Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

Join Ewa Chwojko and special guests Tom Zsolt and Joan Chianrandini Tadier Sunday August 19th at 2pm. Learn More

Made in Canada Exhibit

The exhibit will be available to be seen at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre now through Dec 8th during regular hours of operation.  Let the artifacts in this exhibit – both from the Museum and loaned from local residents – share their military stories with you.  Learn More 

Schomberg Street Gallery

This outdoor art show and sale takes place September 16th. Learn More

2018 Art & Studio Tour

The 16th Annual Richmond Hill Art & Studio Tour continues to showcase some of the most impressive art in Canada! October 13th and October 14th. Learn More

D'air Dance Collective 

Presenting their first recital as a dance family, Chapter One: Our Journey Begins will showcase all the hard work they have put into dancing for the 2017/18 Dance Season!

D'Air Dance Collective will be showing performances from their recreational competitive teams, as well as suprise guest performers! You wont want to miss it! Learn More

Arts Society King presents Sharon Kirsch Exhibit 

Sharon Kirsh's vibrant, richly layered, textured cold wax abstracts explore the relationship between what we experience in nature and what can be imagined when we daydream. Experimental and playful, vibrant saturated colour and deep texture is enhanced through building up, then excavating luminescent translucent layers, all working together to create mystery, depth and history.    Read More Here

The Shades of Water

Several painters, sculptors and photographers, members of the Newmarket Group of Artists, will present their works depicting lakes, rivers, streams, and… rain clouds. 
Read more here >>>




Sector News - August 2018

09 August 2018

Cabinet Shuffle introduces new Minister of Heritage

On July 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Liberal team in a cabinet shuffle. The new cabinet has 17 men and 17 women with several new additions to the team one of which being the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Pablo Rodriguez. Minister Rodriguez takes the place of Minister Melanie Joly who was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. 

Canada's powerhouse arts and culture sector will be receiving new support from Ottawa, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced June 26. Over the next five years, $125 million will be spent on domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and helping artists export their work internationally. The investment recognizes the growing economic and cultural impact of Canada's arts and creative industries, which now represent 2.8 per cent of the country's GDP.

Process and Policy Update for Final Reports on Grants

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is improving the process and clarifying the policy for grant recipients on submitting final reports. These changes were made possible thanks to the transfer of information from previous grants database to Nova, the online granting system. Learn More

How the new Creative Export Strategy affects the visual arts

Following former Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s announcement of Creative Export Strategy in June the visual arts community has been waiting to see how this will effect them after there was no specific mention about Visual Arts in the announcement. A follow up with Canadian Heritage media relations clarified how the $125 million will be allocated and what this means for Canadian contemporary art. The $125 million will be spread out over five years with $25 million being disbursed each year. The new program promises to provide more options for international circulation beyond the existing Arts Abroad program of the Canada Council. Other benefits include access to knowledge and resources through cultural officers in Canadian embassies around the world and increased support for costs associated with travelling to International Art Fairs. We will stay tuned to see how the recent cabinet shuffle impacts this Strategy. Read the full article on Canadian Art.

Robert Lepage announces cancellation of Kanata project after co-producers withdraw. 

In a statement today, Lepage and his production company Ex-Machina say they are nixing planned presentations in Paris due to a lack of financial support,” reports the Globe and MailRead More

AGO Photography Prize Will Not Continue

An AGO spokesperson confirmed that 2017 was the prize’s final year. The spokesperson said there was no comment available on the matter, but indicated that a major symposium and publication accompanying the 2017 edition served as a suitable capstone to the endeavour. Read more

Emerging In the Industry: A Resource for New and Emerging Artists (Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee)

Every person tackles the industry from a different background. Some find that formalized training institutions are for them; others not so much. Some come into working right out of high school, while others have experience working in another field. Either way, there are similar entry points and things to consider when starting out your career. Read More.




YRAC Attends Rouge: Varley Gala

14 November 2018

Recently York Region Arts Council attended the Rouge: Varley Gala. The event was an excellent opportunity to support a local art institution through a fantastic silent auction and an exciting round of live bidding, all while mingling with the local community of art-lovers and supporters. 

The Varley Art Gallery has been inspiring visitors for 21 years. Numerous elementary and high school students have come to experience art and education through the programs run by the Varley Art Gallery’s education department. This coming school year, through the support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, the William J. Withrow School Visits Bursary program will enable more students to visit the Varley Art Gallery by subsidizing the cost of bus transportation. These students will receive guided gallery tours and hands on learning through the programs led by the Varley Art Gallery’s experienced team of educators. The William J. Withrow School Visits Bursary was announced by board member Howard Back, to be awarded annually to the amount of $2500. William J. Withrow was a founding board member of the Varley Art Gallery.

Gallery Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire announced that the Gallery had been shortlisted for several OAAG Awards including:

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition for Inscapes

Exhibition of the Year Budget Under $20,000 for Mother Tongue

Exhibition Installation & Design Award for Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods

All three shows were curated in-house by Varley Curator Anik Glaude.

Over $100,000 was raised at this event, and the proceeds raised from the Rouge: Varley Gala benefit theVarley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, to support the vision of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham in offering outstanding exhibitions, public events, workshops, art camps and curriculum-based educational learning. While it serves as a fundraiser, this event also promotes the love of art and culture in our community with the Varley Art Gallery at its core as a vital cultural hub in York Region. 

On view at the Varley Art Gallery until January 6, 2019 is Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War, a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum. The Varley Art Gallery is pleased to offer free admission through the support of IBM.

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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