Public Art and Exhibitions

The Town of Oakville celebrates its cultural history and fosters creativity through our Public Art Program, Corporate Art Collection, and exhibitions at town facilities as outlined in the Visual Arts Policy.

Public art is accessible to everybody. It can include sculptures, mosaics, banners, earthworks or street furniture. Roles and responsibilities for requesting and/or approving works are defined in the Public Art Procedure.

We maintain a Corporate Art Collection with works on display in many public meeting rooms and facilities.

Our exhibition program showcases creative work reflecting the wide range of local artists, including work by individuals, art organizations, instructors, and students. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) and Trafalgar Park Community Centre offer FREE corridor exhibition space. The Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals for exhibitions twice a year. Application due dates are February 1 and September 1.

Click on the headings that follow for more information.

Hanging by a Thread, the Oakville Fibre Artists' biennial art show returns!

Featuring more than 130 entries using various fibre-related materials and techniques such as quilting, embroidery, dyeing, printing, beading and felting.

Click on the QEPCCC Exhibitions tab for details.

Artworks exhibitted at QEPCCC

Artworks exhibitted at QEPCCC

Artworks exhibitted at QEPCCC

Artworks exhibitted at QEPCCC

Town Hall

1225 Trafalgar Road

North Atrium

Alvin Tan – Blooming, 1974

Azhar Shemdin – Reflections in Blue, 1991

John Alford - The Sinking of U-94, 1983

Karl WoetzAvancez

Michel Foucault – Le Bucheron, 1988

Neville PalmerStanding Form (After Noguchi), 1974

Neville Palmer Vertical, 1974

Selections from the Corporate Gifts collection from our Sister Cities: Huai’an, China; Neyagawa,Japan; and Dorval, Quebec.

Upper North Atrium

Fred Schopf – Portrait of Allan M. Masson, Mayor, 1966

Ian Lazarus – Maquette for “Falling Up”, 1983 (On loan from Oakville Galleries)

John McKinnon – Maquette for “The Perfect Fit”, 1988 (On loan from Oakville Galleries)

John McEwen – Maquette for “Still Life and Blind” (On loan from Oakville Galleries)

Josef Petriska Untitled, 1982

Manfred – A Moment of Trust, 1988

Mark Lewis – The Smell of Books, 1993-1994 (On loan from Oakville Galleries)

South Atrium

Josef Petriska – New Life

Upper South Atrium

Tim Rainey – Mystical Presence (East Side)

 

Meeting Rooms

Meeting Room A

Norman Choo – Warm Shower Ends a Day, 2003

Bronte Room

Sydna Bell-Windeyer – Old Bronte Harbour, 1988

Thomas Mathews – Fishing Scene, 1974

Oakville Room

David Newman – Untitled, 1962

Thomas Mathews – MacDougald’s Warehouse

Thomas Mathews – Sixteen Mile Creek, 1967

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

3070 Neyagawa Boulevard

Liz Pead – Louis Riel and the Church at Batouche, 1885, 2014-2015

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

2302 Bridge Road

Thomas Chatfield - Maple Red

Oakville Public Library

Central Branch

120 Navy Street

Almuth Lütkenhaus – Tibetan Girl, 1967 (3rd Floor)

John Willard – Toucans, Tigers and Zebras Oh My! (2nd Floor)

Ronald Arnott Baird – Gates (Various locations)

Thomas Chatfield – Montreal River (3rd Floor)

George McElroy – Easter in Early Oakville

George McElroy – Trotting Races on the Sixteen

George McElroy – Shipbuilding on the Sixteen

George McElroy – The “Radial” Crossing on the Sixteen

Woodside Branch

1274 Rebecca Street

Gwyneth Young – Untitled, 1962

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

Emily May Rose, Something for Everyone (vinyl wrap), 2018

Artist Emily May Rose’s fun and bright design was the winning proposal for a mural wrap to cover the generator located at the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre. Made with careful consideration of colour and composition to create works that are both beautiful and meaningful, the mural reflects the community centre by combining aspects of the local arts and culture, recreation, nature, and history of Oakville.

Emily May Rose is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. She explores urban themes and her own personal experiences living in the city, generally placing animals like raccoons into the scenarios in a humorous way to make light of their situation.

For more information about the artist visit www.emilymayrose.com


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 www.canada150mosaic.com 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

North Atrium

ArtWorks member show: Artist’s Choice


Trafalgar Park Community Centre

Laura Marotta, Octagon for Trafalgar Park (stainless steel), 2018

With its polished stainless steel surfaces and geometric lines, the large-scale structure is designed to be a social hub that invites exploration and reflection by visitors as they move around the piece and view it from its many angles.

An independent selection committee made up of visual arts professionals and community representatives selected Marotta’s sculpture through a Public Art Call process as outlined as part of the town’s Art Policy.

Laura Marotta is a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate from the University of Guelph. Her artwork has been featured in curated exhibitions, festivals and public art commissions. For more information about the artist visit laura-marotta.com

Main Corridor

Rain, Rain – Virender Paul Madan

June 21 to October 20, 2019

Indoor Track Corridor

Oakville Camera Club


Forster Park

Vitrines (wall-mounted art frames)

Seasons in the Park – Soyeon Kim

Artist-led community project

Questions?

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

There are no current calls for proposal.

Main Gallery

Hours

Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Exception: September 28 the Main Gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hanging by a Thread – Oakville Fibre Artists

September 14 – October 4, 2019

This is the third biennial Hanging By A Thread exhibition the Oakville Fibre Artists are presenting to display their traditional and contemporary fibre art skills.

This year, their creative and prolific group of members have submitted more than 130 entries all created by using various fibre-related materials and techniques such as quilting, embroidery, dyeing, printing, beading and felting.

Wall hangings, smaller pieces placed on pedestals and risers, embellished clothing on dress forms and 3D-style pieces will fill the gallery.

Corridor Galleries

Aiden Lee – PROCESSING

Douglas Bryan K – Venial Spaces

Dick Sanders – Landscape Scenes in Oil

Brian Groberman – Under the Cover of Darkness

Fuzzy Mall – #facesofhamilton

Matthew Catalano – False Witness

ArtWorks Oakville – Members Show

Oakville Art Society – Members Show

Oakville Camera Club – Capture Oakville 2018

Oakville Quilters Guild – Members Show

QEP Fine Art Members – New Paintings

Oakville Fibre Artists – New Work

Oakville Museum Display Space

What’s Your Type: Typewriters and Textiles

March 30, 2019 to April 2020

This exhibit pairs typewriters and sewing machines produced between 1875 and 1975. Both devices have been predominantly associated with women throughout history. These are part of the Oakville Museum’s permanent collection and were donated, in the vast majority, by women.

The pairing of the instruments provokes questions about the status of work tools used by women and how the devices may help tell the stories of the women who owned and used them. Interesting facts emerge about the technological advances, societal roles and design history of the tools as material objects.

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 oakvilleyouth@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601, ext. 4681.

The Town of Oakville’s Recreation and Culture facilities welcome exhibition proposals from professional, local, emerging artists, instructors, students, and culture groups in the areas of fine art, craft, and digital arts for temporary public exhibitions in the Corridor Galleries at QEPCCC and Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

The preferred duration of group and solo shows is three to four months. Exhibiting in the Corridor Galleries is free.

The Main Gallery at QEPCCC 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 $375 weekly for a minimum of three weeks. Open the Main Gallery floor plan (PDF).

The Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals twice a year. Application due dates are February 1 and September 1.

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

Application forms and submission requirements

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

Contact the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre at 905-815-5979 for more information.

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

  • Review all applications for exhibitions.
  • Offer constructive comment concerning the exhibition applications and to recommend applications to town staff for exhibition.

The purpose of the exhibition program for the Main Gallery at QEPCCC and Corridor Galleries is to:

  • Continually showcase creative work to the public that is important to the 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 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 our programs and members.

Contact the Cultural Supervisor at tonia.dirisio@oakville.ca for the Terms of Reference for the Exhibitions Review Committee and to submit nominations.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

QEPCCC
CORE Cultural group members

CORE Cultural group members

QEPCCC Cultural group members

CORE listing
Erchless Estate

Erchless Estate

Oakville Museum

Museum website
Oakville Galleries

Oakville Galleries

Oakville Galleries

Galleries website