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Join us on Sunday, September 30, 2– 4PM, to celebrate the opening of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s fall exhibition Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War organized by the Canadian War Museum. The event will feature in-gallery musical performances, pop-up tours, refreshments, and more!

Arthur Lismer, Olympic with Returned Soldiers, 1919 © Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario 19710261-0343

Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War
September 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019

To mark the 100th anniversary of both the first armistice on November 11, 1918 and F.H. Varley’s service as a war artist, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham hosts Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War.

This travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum examines how Canadians used art to communicate and commemorate their First World War experiences at home and overseas. Some, like future Group of Seven members A. Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer and Frederick Varley, were official war artists commissioned by Lord Beaverbrook’s Canadian War Memorials Fund to document the conflict. Others were soldiers in the field who made small drawings to send home to loved ones, or whose works were acquired by the Fund after the war.

The Museum’s Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, one of the largest such collections in the world, contains about 2,500 paintings, drawings, sketches, prints and posters from the First World War. The exhibition features over 50 works of art by both official artists and soldiers in the field.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and is supported by the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

Also on view

Curated by Anik Glaude
Until January 6, 2019

Featuring works from the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s permanent collection, Inscapes explores the landscape genre and considers the relationship between it and the natural world it depicts.

This exhibition focuses on representations of the places we inhabit, whether they be physical or imagined. Seascapes, snowscapes, cityscapes, and even mindscapes, are generic terms used to describe the types of environments represented within an artwork. An “inscape,” on the other hand, is defined as the essential quality of a particular human being, object or location. In order to highlight such qualities among the works on display, writers Pushpa Acharya, Tina Zafreen Alam, Whitney French, Laboni Islam, Sheniz Janmohamed and Hyacinthe Miller have been invited to produce original texts in response to them.

Public Programs

Doors Open
Sept. 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE
Free exhibition tours of Witness at 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
Sept. 30 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | FREE
Join us to celebrate the launch of our summer exhibitions. In-gallery jazz trio, refreshments, artefacts exploration area, letter writing workshop and more.
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Bus Tour
Oct. 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FREE
Join us for a FREE art bus tour of exhibitions at Gallery 44, Ryerson Image Centre and the Varley Art Gallery! Seats are limited!

Varley Remembers | FREE
Nov.11 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and of F.H. Varley’s role as a war artist, join special guests for a guided tour of our current exhibition and participate in a hands-on art activity exploring memory, place and nostalgia. Tour begins at 1:30 p.m.

Family Ties – Witnessing Our Past
Nov.18 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | FREE | Registration required
Bring in your family photographs, archives or clippings from the past to create an original and collaborative work of art.

Lunch and Learn: Nichola Feldman-Kiss
Nov. 21 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | $5 at the door, or FREE for members of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, York Region Arts Council, Markham Group of Artists and Markham Arts Council
Every third Wednesday of the month, the gallery presents Lunch and Learn. These informal artist talks provide our community members with the opportunity to learn about current and future exhibitions, as well as hear about on-going curatorial research happening at the gallery. This program also supports emerging and established artists by providing them with a forum in which to present their work. To coincide with Witness, Feldman-Kiss will discuss her experiences with the Canadian Forces Artist Program and her travels to Sudan in 2011.

Mon. | Closed,
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11AM – 4PM
Thurs. | 11AM – 8PM
Sat. | 10AM – 5PM



About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a municipal gallery with a vision is to be a cultural hub in the City of Markham. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art, both historical and contemporary by presenting high quality and well-researched exhibitions and rich, educational and dynamic artistic programs that are relevant to the communities we serve. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. We produce and circulate exhibitions that support the work of contemporary artists that are relevant to the communities we serve. Specifically, we support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and communities.

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is an accessible venue.

Media Contact
Carolyn Douse | 905-477-7000 ext. 3275 |
@VarleyArtGallery | |
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham L3R 2H1 | 905-477-7000 ext. 3261






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