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.
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An ambitious large-scale installation, The Raucous Joy of the Raven's Cry: Perched Together features textiles, costume, portraiture, photography, painting, ceramics, and sculpture which come together to tell the artist’s story through the concept of the mischievous raven.
Chandra Rice’s works are spread throughout Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, with three separate installations in the Display Area and corridors.
Click on the QEPCCC Exhibitions tab for details.
1225 Trafalgar Road
Alvin Tan – Blooming, 1974
Azhar Shemdin – Reflections in Blue, 1991
John Alford - The Sinking of U-94, 1983
Karl Woetz – Avancez
Michel Foucault – Le Bucheron, 1988
Neville Palmer – Standing 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.
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)
Josef Petriska – New Life
Tim Rainey – Mystical Presence (East Side)
Norman Choo – Warm Shower Ends a Day, 2003
Sydna Bell-Windeyer – Old Bronte Harbour, 1988
Thomas Mathews – Fishing Scene, 1974
David Newman – Untitled, 1962
Thomas Mathews – MacDougald’s Warehouse
Thomas Mathews – Sixteen Mile Creek, 1967
3070 Neyagawa Boulevard
Liz Pead – Louis Riel and the Church at Batouche, 1885, 2014-2015
2302 Bridge Road
Thomas Chatfield - Maple Red
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
1274 Rebecca Street
Gwyneth Young – Untitled, 1962
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
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.
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.
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
October 23, 2019 to February 18, 2020
Artist-led community project
Please contact Tonia Di Risio, Program Supervisor – Culture, at 905-845-6601, ext. 4614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no current calls for proposal.
Weekdays, noon to 7 p.m.
Weekends, noon to 5 p.m.
From November 29 to December 20, 2019
Chandra Rice – The Raucous Joy of the Raven’s Cry: Perched Together
This exhibition runs from November 2, 2019 to February 17, 2020.
Antoine Rahil – My Evasion into Nature
Ashley Sutherland – Canada and the World Through Water
Behrokh Jahromi – New Work
Daisy Fresh – Life as a House
Jesse Unsworth – Tamed Madness
Mirta Ormazabal – Birds of Canada
Monika Raciborski – Glow
Roma Boiko – Beyond the Frame
Waterside Art Group – Breathing In
Yvonne Keogh – Mystical Nature
ArtWorks Oakville – Member Show
Oakville Art Society – Member Show
Oakville Camera Club – Capture Oakville 2018
Oakville Fibre Artists – In Stitches
Oakville Quilters Guild – Habitats for Birds and Animals
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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Applications must include:
Mail or deliver applications to:
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
Town of Oakville
2302 Bridge Road
Oakville, ON L6L 2G6
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:
The purpose of the exhibition program for the Main Gallery at QEPCCC and Corridor Galleries is to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the Terms of Reference for the Exhibitions Review Committee and to submit nominations.