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.

Artist-Led Community Mural call for proposals – deadline: October 22 at midnight

Professional artists are invited to submit proposals to create a community mural for a generator located at the entrance of Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The final artwork will be a digital mural to be printed onto vinyl wrapping media that will cover a 29’ wide x 9’ high generator.

This call is open to national artists, however preference will be given to artists living within the Greater Toronto Area community. Artists with demonstrated connections to Oakville will be given priority. Submission requirements and other details follow.

Canada 150 prints on sale now!

Prints of Oakville's unique Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project are on sale now! Pick up your print at the Clerk's Department at Town Hall for $20. Limited quantities. No pre-orders. Print proceeds will go towards Rec Connect and United Way. For more information on the project please see the Public Art and Exhibitions section below.

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 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

Artists’s Choice

ArtWorks Oakville is dedicated to promoting and showcasing visual artists at public spaces throughout Oakville and the surrounding area. The variety of art styles and continually changing exhibitions enrich participating public and private spaces. At each site, patrons and employees can enjoy unique creations.

Mending Fences

ArtHouse and the students and staff of White Oaks Secondary School celebrate Canada 150.

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.


Questions?

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

Artist-Led Community Mural

The Town of Oakville invites 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’ high generator. The selected proposal will engage the local community in the artwork design and reflect on the community centre.

Eligible artists will be art professionals with outdoor mural, large installation or public art experience. This call is open to national artists, however preference will be given to artists living within the Greater Toronto Area community. Artists with demonstrated connections to Oakville will be given priority.

Proposals will be assessed based on artistic merit, relevance of the proposed artwork to the site and demonstrated capacity to complete the project.

Submission requirements

  • Artist curriculum vitae (maximum three pages)
  • Proposal: A project description outlining your experience, your approach to engaging the local community in the creation of the artwork, and a community project plan and timeline (maximum two pages)
  • A maximum of five images of your artwork related to this project (i.e. large scale paintings, murals or design projects)
  • Deadline: October 22 at midnight

Submissions accepted by email to: public.art@oakville.ca

Only one submission per artist will be accepted. Open the QEPCCC Call for Progposals (PDF) for more information.

Only selected artists will be contacted.

Main Gallery

Hours

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

Oakville Fibre Artists: Hanging by a Thread

September 16-October 13


Corridor Galleries

Artists

Jaime deBrum, Pedro Silva, Davide Sousa, curated by Terry Costa – Azores in Oakville

Shahrzad Amin – Witnesses: The Lonely Side of Humans

Sang Ahn – Save the Earth

Joan Butterfield – Journey to Africa

Rehtaeh Parsons Memory Stone – For Her We Speak

Organizations

The REDress Project – Homage to missing or murdered Aboriginal women across Canada

ArtHouse – Mending Fences

Studio 3 Members - Expressions III

Oakville Camera Club – Capture Oakville 2016

Oakville Youth Week – Canada 150 Youth Art Project

Oakville Quilters’ Guild – Charity Quilt Challenge 150

ArtWorks Oakville – Member Show

Oakville Art Society – Member Show


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 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.

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.

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