Public Art and Exhibitions

Oakville Galleries
Oakville Museum
QEPCCC Cultural Group members

Public Art

The Town of Oakville is developing a Public Art program to integrate artists and artwork into the development of applicable public projects. Acquired through a public process with the specific intention of being sited in the public realm, public art is to be accessible and frequented by the general public

Public art may be temporary or permanent artworks and may include but is not limited to sculptures, mosaics, banners, earthworks, or street furniture. The town’s Public Art Procedure recommends and defines the overall roles and responsibilities within the Public Art program.

Trafalgar Park Community Centre Public Art Request for Expressions of Interest

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit expressions of interest to create a permanent outdoor public artwork at the north entrance of the Trafalgar Park Community Centre. This competition is open to professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams. This is a two stage competition. An artwork proposal is not requested at this time.

Short-listed artists will be will be paid an artist fee of $1,500 CDN to develop their artwork concept proposal and maquette/model based on detailed artwork specifications. Click on the heading that follows for more information.


Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre galleries

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) presents artwork by local, national and international contemporary artists in three spaces: the corridors, Main Gallery and display area. The centre also hosts a satellite exhibition space featuring pieces from the Oakville Museum collection.

Click on the headings that follow for more information.

Public Art Requests for Expressions of Interest

Trafalgar Park Community Centre

The Town of Oakville is redeveloping Oakville Arena, located at 133 Rebecca Street and Trafalgar Park, and the Trafalgar Park Community Centre is scheduled to open in fall 2018.

As part of this project, the town wishes to provide visual interest and enhance the Trafalgar Park Community Centre with an inspiring public artwork that engages the community and fosters dialogue.

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit expressions of interest to create a permanent outdoor public artwork at the north entrance of the Trafalgar Park Community Centre. This competition is open to professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams. This is a two stage competition. An artwork proposal is not requested at this time.

Stage One

Applicants are reviewed based on the merit of artist’s past work, professional qualifications and experience.

Stage Two

Short-listed artists will be will be paid an artist fee of $1,500 CDN to develop their artwork concept proposal and maquette/model based on detailed artwork specifications.

The selected artist will enter into a contract with the Town of Oakville for the artwork creation and installation phase of the project. The final artwork to be unveiled in fall 2018. The total budget for all expenses related to this project is a maximum of $90,000 CDN.

Please refer to the Trafalgar Park Community Centre Request for Expressions of Interest (PDF, 1.32 MB) for eligibility and details about this exciting project. The application deadline: is Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 4 p.m.  Learn more about the Trafalgar Park Community Centre redevelopment project.

Questions?

Please contact Tonia Di Risio, Program Supervisor – Culture at 905-845-6601, ext. 4614 or  public.art@oakville.ca.

Current QEPCCC Exhibitions

Main Gallery hours

Monday-Friday, noon-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Oakville Arts Studio: More Than 150 Ways to See Canada

May 13-June 9

Join us for the opening reception Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public!


Corridor Galleries

Artists

Edwin Sarmis – X, Y, Z

Olivia Tripp Morrow – Stretch

Rehtaeh Parsons Memory Stone – For Her We Speak

Dick Sanders – Scenes of Nature

Virender Paul Madan – Woman

Lawrence Halycz – A Work in Progress

Organizations

ArtWorks Oakville – Artists’ Choice

Oakville Art Society – Members Showcase

Oakville Quilters’ Guild – Landscapes in Fabric

Oakville Camera Club – Capture Oakville 2016

QEP Fine Art Members – Expressions
Amira Ayad, Kathleen Chiovitti, Lynda Klaassen, Nikita Nicholas, Suzanne Patrick, Anne Reid

White Oaks Secondary School – Art, Actually: IB Visual Arts at WOSS

Emily Soden – Community Spirit Awards


Oakville Museum Display Space

HOME and Native Land: Being Canadian

February 17, 2017-January 2018

Artifacts, photographs and interviews of 150 current Oakville residents representing different cultures and traditions from around the world, woven together to showcase Oakville’s vibrant community and its Canadian identity.

QEPCCC exhibition calls for submission and application forms

QEPCCC welcomes proposals from professional, local artists and curators in the areas of fine art, craft, performance art and digital arts for both its Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries. The QEPCCC Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals twice a year. Application due dates are March 1 and October 1.

Four kilometres of Corridor Galleries showcase work that reflects the range of activities in the building including individual and group members of QEPCCC, as well as professional and emerging artists, instructors and students in the community at large. The preferred duration of group and solo shows in the QEPCCC Corridor Galleries is three to four months. Exhibiting in the Corridor Galleries is free. Open the QEPCCC Corridor Galleries map (PDF, 1.9 MB).

The Main Gallery presents professional artwork by local artists. Content ranges from historical to contemporary themes. Exhibitions may also include works by national and international artists and exhibitions proposed by curators or collectives. Rental rates range from $275 to $325 weekly for a minimum of three weeks. Open the Main Gallery floor plan (PDF, 180 kB).

QEPCCC also welcomes proposals for workshops by exhibiting artists who wish to share their techniques or expertise with the public.

The exhibition schedule for the Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries combines gallery rentals and exhibitions organized by town staff, including partnerships with QEPCCC Cultural Group members.

Application forms and submission requirements

Please open the Galleries Purpose and Procedures (PDF, 170 kB) for more information. Applications must include:

  • Exhibition Application Form (PDF, 110 kB).
  • Written proposal with details regarding the issues or ideas explored, as well as the type of medium and format of the works to be exhibited, in three paragraphs or less.
  • Five to ten images of your work on CD and/or DVD. Images must be PC compatible in JPEG format, and a maximum of 1 MB file size (maximum resolution of 1024x768 pixels at 72dpi). Do not submit PowerPoint presentations, PDFs or large TIFF files. Do not send original artwork!
  • A corresponding image list. Label all materials and list the works numerically, indicating each title, year of production, materials used and overall dimensions.
  • Provide a current curriculum vitae (resume) listing your training/education, exhibitions, grants/awards and other professional art experience (three pages maximum).

Mail or deliver applications to:

Gallery Submissions
Cultural Coordinator
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
Town of Oakville
2302 Bridge Road
Oakville, ON  L6L 2G6
qepexhibitions@oakville.ca

For more information contact the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre at 905-815-5979.

QEPCCC Exhibitions Review Committee

The Exhibitions Review Committee assists staff in adjudicating exhibition applications for corridor/gallery displays and exhibitions. The purpose of the committee is to:

  • Review all applications for exhibitions at QEPCCC.
  • Offer constructive comment concerning the exhibition applications and to recommend applications from the Exhibitions Review process to town staff for exhibition.
  • Review the rules and procedures of the Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries as required, possibly on an annual basis, to ensure the exhibition mandate at QEPCCC is reflective of artists’s needs and program developments at QEPCCC.

The purpose of the exhibition program for the Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) is to:

  • Continually showcase creative work to the public that is important to the QEPCCC community.
    Priority for exhibitions will be to exhibit professional artwork by local artists in the areas of fine art, craft, performance art and digital arts, which range in content from historical to contemporary themes. Exhibitions may also include works by national and international artists and exhibitions proposed by curators.
  • Provide a combination of gallery rentals and exhibitions organized by town staff including partnerships with internal organizations.

Artists are given the opportunity to display their works through an application process. Visit the QEPCCC Exhibition Calls tab on this page for more information.

Nominations for positions on the committee shall be sought from the community at large with a preference for demonstrated knowledge of arts and culture in Oakville, reflective of QEPCCC programs and members.

Contact the Cultural Coordinator at dianne.pearce@oakville.ca for the Terms of Reference for the Exhibitions Review Committee and to submit nominations.