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.

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

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) offers FREE corridor exhibition space for youth artists ages 11 to 19.

Click on the headings that follow for more information.

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

The Oakville Hooking Guild – Oakville Quilt Tapestry

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)

Joe Smith – Oakville at the Millennium

Josef Petriska – Untitled, 1982

Manfred – A Moment of Trust, 1988

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

Susan A. MenziesSummer Reflections: Sixteen Mile Creek, 1987

South Atrium

Josef Petriska – New Life

Upper South Atrium

Tim Rainey – Mystical Presence (East Side)

 

Meeting Rooms

Meeting Room A

Charles C. Lamb – Purely Rapids, Madawaska, 1967

Norman Choo – Warm Shower Ends a Day, 2003

Meeting Room C

Karen Walker – Inspiration Rattray Marsh

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

Trafalgar Room

G.W. Goss – Methodist Meeting Hall and Works Department Building, 1961

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

ArtWorks Oakville

Changing group art exhibitions throughout the year by member artists.

For more information about the art group go to: artworksoakville.ca.


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


Questions?

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

Southeast Community Centre

Request for Expressions of Interest Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 by 4 p.m.
Budget: $90,000 CAD (maximum)

For full project, process and site details (including the application form), open the Public Art: Southeast Community Centre Expressions of Interest (EOI) PDF.

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit expressions of interest to create a permanent indoor public artwork for the interior galleria of the Southeast Community Centre (SECC).

This is a two stage competition open to professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams:

  • 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 paid an artist fee of $1,500 to develop their artwork concept proposal based on detailed artwork specifications.

Project Considerations

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • be an interior, ceiling-based, sculptural installation, suitable for exhibition in a public space;
  • be appropriate for Site 1 (ceiling-based) and optional Site 2 (wall-based) in scale, execution, materials and creativity (refer to appendices);
  • does not restrict or obstruct visitors’ movement through the community centre or compromise accessibility standards;
  • be fabricated using high quality, long-lasting materials;
  • not pose a risk to public safety;
  • must incorporate themes related to the history and significance of the former site and/or may consider the facility and park activities.

For more information about the Southeast Community Centre and Neighbourhood Park project, visit https://www.oakville.ca/business/former-hospital-site-project.html

Main Gallery

Hours

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

Works by Tony Marinus Vander Voet, Ontario Society of Artists - ICED: Alaska to Southern Patagonia

March 23 to April 12, 2019

Join us for the reception on Saturday, March 30, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) are a not-for-profit association for visual artists living and working across Ontario, which promotes the visual arts through exhibitions, special projects and arts advocacy. The OSA presents a selection of works by its past president Tony Marinus Vander Voet.

 

Corridor Galleries

White Oaks Secondary School – IB Art Program Exhibition

Gina Morewood & Pam Read The Life of Water

Jay Park – Handcrafted Wood Furniture

Laura Keeling Don’t We Know

Lisa Rubic Portraits of Strong Women

Lynda Klassen Paintings (Fitness Centre)

Suzana Poposka Handcrafted Filigree Art

Town of Oakville – Black History Month

ArtWorks Oakville Paintings

Oakville Arts Council – Christopher Estridge

Oakville Art Society – Paintings

Oakville Camera Club – Capture Oakville 2018

Oakville Fibre Artists – Common Thread

Oakville Quilters Guild – New Work

QEP Fine Art Members – New Paintings

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

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Erchless Estate

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Oakville Museum

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Oakville Galleries

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