Past Exhibitions

Body of Work

RBC BoW Poster_BannerNovember 25, 2016 to December 30, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

Come be inspired by the work of our adult students and instructors. If you are considering taking a class or giving one as a gift, come and see what you can expect…some amazing talent is sparked here!


Burlington Fine Arts Association’s 50th Anniversary

BFAA_50TH_Invite_Page_1June to September 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Burlington Fine Arts Association (BFAA) in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), is excited to present three exhibitions to celebrate this golden milestone.

Burlington Urban & Rural
June 16 – September 5, 2016
Lee-Chin Family Gallery

A multidisciplinary exhibition, Burlington Urban & Rural explores Burlington’s surrounding landscape and history from a rural and urban perspective; be it social, architectural, cultural or environmental.

Power of Passion
June 16 – August 14, 2016
RBC Community Gallery

This exhibition features the work of BFAA artists, past and present, who achieved solo gallery shows at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Presidents’ Wall
June 1 – July 25, 2016
Fireside Lounge

Featuring the works of past Presidents of the Burlington Fine Arts Association.

Jordan MacLachlan: Radiance in Uncontrollable Worlds

Mary Philpott_Rabbit and CrowJune 11 to September 5, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Originally created for a stop motion film, this sequential series of works presents a raw emotional narrative of temptation, love and pain through the perspective of spirit animals.

About the Artist
MacLachlan works with clay and mixed media in her Toronto studio. She has always been partial to working with clay because “…I love working with clay, even just the smell of it. This humble medium has been a constant in my days ever since I was a child, and in many ways it has become both my comfort in life and my pathway to a more attentive mind.” Her works are commonly finished with a sparing use of glazes, slips, paints, make-up and found materials, and sometimes leaving the works unfired.

She has shown her work across Canada including the National Museum of Natural Science in Ottawa, Orange L’evenement de Art Actuel de Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Her works can be found in corporate and institutional collections including the Confederation Centre for the Arts (PEI), and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.

Image: Jordan MacLachlan, Radiance in Uncontrollable Worlds, 2006-2007 (Detail).

View the film online here

Mary Philpott: Murder of Crows

Mary Philpott_Rabbit and CrowJune 11 to September 25, 2016

Location: Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Mary Philpott, a noted functional potter whose work has been inspired by Neo-Gothic architecture and William Morris’ Arts and Craft movement, has in recent years taken her decorative motifs of animals and birds and transformed them into live-sized three dimensional sculptures, a perfect synthesis of nature and style set in our garden courtyard.

About the Artist

Inspired by the colour, narration and design of medieval illuminated books, tapestries and architecture, Philpott’s work explores the story of flora and fauna in her surrounding landscape. At her studio, Verdant Tile Co., she designs custom pressed tile in porcelain. The animals and birds depicted in her tiles are frequently referenced in her sculptural pieces.

In addition to receiving a BFA in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Guelph, Philpott is a graduate of the Ceramics and Design program at the School of Craft and Design at Sheridan College. She has also studied Anthropology and Archaeology at McMaster University, and Ceramics Intensives at Alfred University in New York.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Helen Copeland Award from Craft Ontario for an established artist working in her field.

Image: Mary Philpott, Hare and Crow, 2016.

Community Event: CreArtivity


August 19 to September 5, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Friday August 19, 3pm-4pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Curating Experience Team are proud to present the artwork of the 2016 kids summer camps. Come and experience some of our community’s most original figure’s masterpieces; including various media like printmaking, 3D artwork, paintings and much more!

All Guilds Show

All Guilds Show_2015 BannerApril 23, 2016 to May 22, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday April 22, 5pm-7pm

This annual exhibition will celebrate the works of members from our guilds which include the Fibre Arts Group, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking and Craft Guild, and the Burlington Guild of Sculptors and Woodcarvers, with juried and curated shows.

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

DSC_0005April 27, 2016 to May 26, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from Trinity Christian School in Burlington, and from Itabashi 10th Elementary School, Hasune Elementary School, and Wakagi Elementary School in our twin city of Itabashi, Japan. The definition of mundialization is the act of a city declaring itself a “world citizen” and being aware of global issues with a sense of shared rights and responsibility. The concept involves the twinning of cities from around the world, in the belief that peaceful cooperation depends on mutual trust and appreciation among peoples of different nations, races, and cultures. Mundialization encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding. Burlington’s twin cities are Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

Quebec – A Different Drummer

DSC_2287Ongoing 2016 Exhibition

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor

As part of the ongoing series of exhibitions inspired by the Coast to Coast to Coast exhibition, we are proud that the Art Gallery of Burlington has been able to build a substantial representation of the work being done in all parts of the country. Quebec – A Different Drummer looks at the growth of the Quebec ceramic scene and how it looked to France as a source of inspiration, while North America was enthralled with the Anglo/Japanese tradition of craftsmanship.  French Quebec looked forward to the avant-garde styles coming out of France from just before the war while North America was looking backward to the romantic traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  As such this gave Quebec a unique style that is now being recognized as an important direction in contemporary ceramics.

Image: Alain Bernard, ‘Cup and Saucer’ (left), ‘Cup and Platter’ (center), ‘Cup and Saucer’ (right).

Paul Mathieu: The China Syndrome

Morphed Photo Flower Vases_Ian with handprint_2008_bFebruary 12, 2016 to April 10, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Thursday February 11, 6pm-8pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Thursday February 11, 6:30pm

Internationally renowned ceramist and author Paul Mathieu has spent the last decade periodically returning to Jingdezhen, China to oversee the production of his ceramic works. This exhibition traces his explorations ranging from the relationship between two and three dimensional form, to the portrayal of gender roles and gay identity. The artist’s role from conception to production is examined from both the artist’s and craft person’s perspective.

Image: Paul Mathieu, Morphed Photo Flower Vases – Ian with Handprint, 2008.

Please be advised that some images in this exhibition contain mature themes.


Banner_2January 16, 2016 to April 17, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Thursday February 11, 6pm-8pm

Grace Eun Mi Lee is known for her ceramic installations. Numerous small pieces, often referencing the hidden world of microbes, are suspended from the ceiling to create cloud-like mists. On closer examination, these mists reveal the hidden world that surrounds us in our everyday lives. We are made to question the visible world and compare it to the unseen reality that goes on around us on a daily bases.

Image: Grace Eun Mi Lee, Dust, 2016 (Detail).