Past Exhibitions

Waterloo Potters – A Survey

Ran from Aug 13, 2010 – Oct 24, 2010

The regional ceramic guilds are the backbone of the clay movement in Canada. Older members mentor the younger who in turn pass this knowledge on. Using work from past and present members of the guild this exhibition explores the element

Sin-Ying Ho

Ran from Jun 6, 2010 – Aug 26, 2010

Sin-Ying Ho explores issues surrounding culture and identity in this site specific installation. Sponsored by Fern Hill School.

Memory’s Shadow: Margaret Lindsay Holton

Ran from Jul 15, 2010 – Aug 19, 2010

Pinhole & Photo Collage photography by the artist are suddenly seen as ‘Living Childhood Memories’. The juxtaposition of these two disparate photographic techniques stimulates a ‘reverberation’ that transports the viewer inward to the murky origins of their OWN childhood beginnings …

Alight: Chris Bacon Selected Works

Ran from Sep 18, 2010 – Nov 9, 2010

Meticulously rendered, luminous in subtle tone, imbued with great love, respect and knowledge of his subject matter, the paintings of Chris Bacon have won worldwide recognition and acclaim. Sponsored by TD Canada Trust and Carpedia.

Shared Landscape: Shirley Clifford and Shane Norrie

Ran from May 8, 2010 – Aug 1, 2010

Shane Norrie and Shirley Clifford of Ingersoll, Ontario are two functional ceramists who for a number of years shared kiln firings and who have exchanged ideas of culture and identity. Clifford who is of Chinese heritage originally mentored Norrie

Burlington Guild of Sculptors & Woodcarvers – Woodcarvers Group

Ran from May 1, 2010 – May 30, 2010

Built in 1978, the Burlington Art Centre was developed as an ideal home for the many visual art and craft guilds that had been active in Burlington since the 1950s. Currently, there are seven guilds that have fully-equipped studios at the Centre

Burlington – Sudbury Exchange Project

Ran from May 1, 2010 – Jun 20, 2010

Artists from in and around each community, Burlington and Sudbury, spent five days visiting the other community in the autumn of 2008. The exhibition will feature works that address the ideas of where we live and who we are.

Homegrown (Ontario Ceramics 1970-2014)


2014-15 Ongoing Exhibition

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Curator: Jonathan Smith

Drawn from the Permanent Collection of Canadian Ceramics, this exhibition traces the history of ceramics in Ontario over the last forty years. Starting with the refined functional ware of Ruth Gowdy McKinley and her effect on the program at Sheridan College and elsewhere, this exhibition will look at the development of the more sculptural approach by younger artists such as Reid Flock and Mary Philpott.

Image: Reid Flock – Basking Denim Noise (2014)


Magdolene Dykstra: Watch

May 24 – September 14, 2014

Location: Courtyard
Reception: Sunday June 22, 2-4pm
Curator Walk & Talk: June 22 at 2:30pm


Magdolene Dykstra, previously seen at the Art Centre in last year’s major ceramic exhibition ‘Hot Mud’, is the feature artist in this year’s courtyard installation.  Here she takes her figurative work and expands it, using the courtyard as a landscape setting.  Playing with the size of her figures, she sets up a tableau that challenges our sense of scale and our relationship to the space around us.

Magdolene Dykstra, Watch View full-size photo