Public Art and Exhibitions

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.

Help honour Terry Fox's legacy and share your stories

Do you have photos, cards, letters and memories of meeting Terry Fox or being part of the annual Terry Fox Run? Residents are invited to lend memorabilia to a special exhibit honouring this cherished Canadian icon, which will be coming to Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on April 12, the day Terry launched his Marathon of Hope in 1980.

Developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with Terry Fox’s family, Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada will be displayed from April 12 to September 9. It features maps, photographs, and newspaper imagery telling the story of Terry Fox's grueling cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.

Residents can help honour his legacy and tell their stories of Terry. Make submissions by contacting Tonia Di Risio at or 905-845-6601, ext. 4614. Submission deadline is March 23. All contributions will be returned when the exhibit closes in September.

QEPCCC offers free corridor exhibition space for youth artists!

Are you a young artist between the ages of 11 and 19 looking for space to exhibit your work? The Youth Corridor Galleries at QEPCCC provide a platform for emerging youth artists and students in the community at large.

We are interested in showcasing original artwork, and giving youth the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the exhibition process, to install and display their works, and even opportunities to sell their artwork.

For more information, please contact the Recreation Assistant at QEP Youth Centre at or 905-845-6601, ext. 4681.

Town Hall

Neville Palmer – Vertical, 1974, South Atrium

Neville Palmer – Study on a Form of Noguchi, 1974, South Atrium 

Josef Petruskia – New Life, South Atrium

Paul Rainey – Wasteland, South Atrium (outside of washrooms)

Michel Foucault – Le Bucheron, 1988, North Atrium

Manfred – A Moment of Trust, 1988, North Atrium (east stairwell)

Adrian Dingle – Landmark, North Atrium (top of east stairwell)

Susan Menzies – Ocean Feast, 1987, North Atrium (top of east stairwell)

Susan Menzies – Summer Reflections: Sixteen Mile Creek, 1974, North Atrium (top of east stairwell)

Mark Lewis – The Smell of Books, 1991 - 1994 (on loan from Oakville Galleries), second floor (outside of Clerks Office)

River Oaks Community Centre

Canada 150 Mural Mosaic

The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project brings together 150 communities and thousands of participants by creating community murals that visually reflect the history and culture of Canada. Oakville’s unique mural is composed of 750 tiles, which were painted by residents during registered workshops in February 2016.

Led by artist Lewis Lavoie and his Mural Mosaic Team based out of Alberta, you can visit to follow the mural’s progress across Canada.

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

Louis Riel And The Church at Batoche, 1885

Since 2005, artist Liz Pead has been using recycled hockey gear to create large scale installation paintings which speak to the Canadian histories of textile, legend, sport and landscape painting through the Group of Seven. This work involved cutting up and affixing the bits of recycled hockey gear to create an outdoor scene.

Town Hall

Joan Butterfield: Journey to Africa

The Association of African Canadian Artists is pleased to establish a collaborative partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton’s innovative program for Black History Celebration. Artist Joan Butterfield states, “We are proud to expose the public to our collection, of which differences, histories, traditions and struggles, shape the artists’ works. Our artists strive to put into motion a different set of visual criteria. The greatest benefit of this partnership project is that it enables the participants to feel empowered. It gives them the opportunity to strengthen connections and engage with others in their community and foster a sense of belonging. Using art to engage the public benefits the artists and the community thus generating pride, citizenship and civic memory within and beyond.” For more information, visit

Time Capsule

In 1998, the Speak Out …Canada …Pensons-y! Committee, a grassroots unity group in Oakville, presented a time capsule to Council to be kept until Canada’s 150th birthday. The time capsule was opened at this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Bronte Heritage Park on July 1. The contents are currently on exhibit across from Council Chambers.

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 invited 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 was open to professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams. The final artwork to be unveiled in fall 2018.

Artist-Led Community Mural at QEPCCC

The Town of Oakville invited professional artists to submit proposals to create a community mural for a generator located at the entrance of Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre.

The final artwork will be a digital mural to be printed onto vinyl wrapping media that will cover a 29 wide x 9 foot high generator. The selected proposal will engage the local community in the artwork design and reflect on the community centre.


Please contact Tonia Di Risio, Program Supervisor – Culture at 905-845-6601, ext. 4614 or

There are no current calls for proposal.

Main Gallery


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

Ryan Bruer – With / Without

February 10 to March 2

Corridor Galleries


Adrian Gor – The Golden Cart

Christy Chor – Great Moments to Cherish

Laura Cook – URBAN DECAY

Dicks Sanders – Scenes of Nature

Oakville Arts Council – Christopher Estridge

Waterside Art Group – PEACE

Studio 3 Members - Expressions IV

Shahrzad Amin – Witnesses: The Lonely Side of Humans

Rehtaeh Parsons Memory Stone – For Her We Speak


Oakville Quilters’ Guild – Member Show

ArtWorks Oakville – Member Show

Oakville Art Society – Member Show

Oakville FIbre Arts Guild - etcetera

Oakville Camera Club – Capture Oakville 2017

Oakville Museum – HOME and Native Land: Being Canadian

Oakville Museum Display Space

The French Connection

February 24, 2018 – February 2019

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.

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).

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) for more information. Applications must include:

  • Exhibition Application Form (PDF).
  • 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

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

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’ 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 for the Terms of Reference for the Exhibitions Review Committee and to submit nominations.

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