Permanent Collection

Please contact the gallery to inquire if a Permanent Collection exhibition is currently on display at or 519 756-5932

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant maintains a significant collection of more than 700 art objects of historical and contemporary importance. By collecting conserving and exhibiting significant works of art of contemporary and historical importance, we fulfill an essential role for the City of Brantford and region as well as for visitors to this area. This fine collection comprises three main areas: historical paintings by Robert Reginald Whale and his descendants, contemporary works on paper and modern outdoor sculpture by national and international artists.



With the formation of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, a significant collection of contemporary and historical works of art was brought together. Glenhyrst is proud to house the country’s largest collection of paintings by 19th Century artist Robert Reginald Whale, his sons John Claude, Robert Heard and nephew John Hicks Whale. Their landscapes, portraits and animal studies document the cultural heritage of the Brant County area.


A renowned grouping of contemporary Canadian works on paper constitutes the balance of the collection. Initiated by the Art Gallery of Brant through nine nationally acclaimed Graphex exhibitions, this body of lithographs, etchings, serigraphs and drawings includes works from some of the country’s finest printmakers and artists working on paper, such as Otis Tamasaukas, J.C. Heywood, Derek Michael Besant, Margaret May and Jo Manning. Between 1970 and 1985 the Art Gallery of Brant received numerous donations of prints from Walter Carsen. The works are mainly by 20th century European artists such as Karel Appel, Josef Albers, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Paul Riopelle, Jacques Villon and others.


The collection has expanded to include unique modern sculpture that complement the landscape throughout the gardens. These outdoor artworks incorporate either organic material in their construction or organic form as structure. These include “Life Mound” by artist V. Jane Gordon, “11 from two” by artist Ryszard Litwiniuk and “Hedera” by artist Marguerite Larmand. Two new sculptures recently installed are “Hearing the Song” by Marianne Reim and “Meg’s Pause” by David Hind. Please call the gallery for a self-guided brochure of these outdoor artworks.

Recent Acquisition: Marianne Reim’s Hearing the Song made of Indiana limestone and steel.
We thank the Samuel W. Stedman Foundation for their support.