Arts and Culture
Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library & Cultural Centre
The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library & Cultural Centre is located at 425 Holland Street West. This facility offers a wide range of programs and cultural events for all ages, collections which feature books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers, magazines and multilingual material, and a variety of electronic resources. The Library and Cultural Centre also hosts a local history room which houses historical documents, maps, registers and family histories, display cases for local history and cultural events, and hanging exhibit space for local artists. A computer lab on the second floor provides access to desktop computers, in addition to laptops which are available for in-house loan and complimentary Wifi access throughout the building.
For more information visit the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library website.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Tour
The third annual Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Art Tour will be happening in September 2015. The Bradford West Gwillimbury Office of Economic Development and the South Simcoe Arts Council sponsor the tour and features local artists spread out across BWG. Art includes paintings, woodturning, pottery, photography, jewellery, recycled fabric design; stone etching and one-of-a-kind recycled wood furniture.
For more information visit the Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Art Tour website.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Places of Interest
Bradford West Gwillimbury is home to several monuments of interesting origin. As you drive down Holland Street West, you will find the Winddancer Dragonfly monument outside the new Summerlyn community, the Canadian Geese Millstone at Collings Avenue and the Millennium Heritage clock tower outside the Town Treasury building.
North on Barrie Street you will be greeted by the Elizabeth Gwillim statue, erected in 2008 to commemorate a woman who has left a lasting impression on the history and culture of Simcoe County. A bit further up Barrie Street you will see the marvellous Great Blue Heron fountain with the base being a pump pulled from the banks of the Holland Marsh.
The majority of these pieces of art have been the initiatives of past committees such as the Downtown Revitalization, Communities in Bloom and the present Gwillim Group.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Artistic Talent
Bradford is home to many unique artists who have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the annual fall Studio Tour and Art Sale. The Tour, which spreads across numerous locations in Bradford West Gwillimbury, features artists who produce a variety of pieces ranging from jewellery, glass blowing and wood turning, to photography and wearable textiles. All pieces are original and handmade: there are no works from kits, commercial moulds or mass-produced articles.
The Office of Economic Development is a proud supporter of the Arts and Culture community.