The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is a not-for-profit charitable organization. The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington nurtures the cultural development of our community by encouraging the creativity through arts education, exhibition, and promotion. The VAC receives public funding from the Municipality of Clarington, The Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and The Ontario Arts Foundation. We also are supported by corporate and individual donors and by our membership and volunteers. The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington has a 40 year history of providing quality exhibition and educational programming to our community.
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is situated on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Our work on these lands acknowledges the signatory communities of the Williams Treaties, as well as the Mississauga Nation and other members of the broader Indigenous community, for their resilience, and their longstanding contributions to the area now known as the Durham region.
Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Friday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Easter hours - please note that we will be closed on:
Located along Soper Creek the grounds of the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington has so much to offer. Enjoy the Rotary Centennial Gardens, continue along the path to enjoy Soper Valley.
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3K8
(Hwy 401 to Liberty Street, Liberty to Baseline, East to Simpson, North to Soper Creek Park)
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is a partially accessible venue with an accessible washroom. The front entrance can be accessed by a ramp and an inward-opening door (please note that we do not have an automatic door opener). It is important to note that the loft gallery is not accessible by wheelchair. Accessible parking is available on site. For any special assistance or queries about the venue, please call or email us. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is committed to being a space that is safe and inclusive for all people. For this space to be accessible to people with varying allergies and sensitivities, it is a pet free, nut free, and scent free zone. We ask that visitors please refrain from bringing in animals, food items containing nuts, and wearing heavily scented products. Thank you for your consideration.
The walls inside the red brick building beside Soper Creek are lined with brightly coloured childrens' paintings. On the first floor is a table full of clay models and in the background you can hear the sounds of an art class. Sturdy wooden pillars are the only reminder that this building once housed the heavy machinery of an operating mill.
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