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Public art opportunity at Sixteen Mile Community Centre

Application deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. EST via online application

Budget: $90,000 CAD (maximum includes HST)

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit expressions of interest to create a permanent indoor public artwork for the interior wall area of the new Sixteen Mile Community Centre (SMCC) opening in 2025. 

This is a two-stage competition. At this time, we are not requesting artwork proposals.

The selected artist will enter into a contract with the Town of Oakville for the creation and installation of the artwork. The final artwork to be unveiled in June 2025.

Submit an Expression of Interest Application

This competition is open to professional Canadian artists and professional artist-led teams.* The selected artist must be able to travel to Oakville, Ontario for a minimum of three visits to:

  1. Attend a technical consultation meeting;
  2. Manage the installation of the artwork; and
  3. Engage with public dialogue (i.e. artist talk /public unveiling event).

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

Artists must be 18 years of age and older.

Town of Oakville employees are not eligible to apply.

*As per the Canada Council’s guidelines, a professional artist is defined as an individual who:

  • Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • Is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition).
  • Is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially.
  • Has a history of public presentation or publication.

The goals of this project are to:    

  • Provide visual interest and enhance Sixteen Mile Community Centre with an inspiring interior wall-based public artwork.
  • Engage the community at large, across all age groups, and within the neighbourhood.
  • Foster dialogue.
Considerations and design parameters

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • Be an interior, two-dimensional, wall-based artwork, suitable for exhibition in a public space.
  • Be appropriate for the site in terms of scale, execution, materials, and creativity.
  • 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 site and/or consider the facility and park activities. 

The selected artist may be required to submit drawings certified by a structural engineer licensed to operate in Ontario.

Artwork location

The  artwork will be located in the new Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. The designated location is on the lower level wall across from the customer service desk, positioned between the library entrance and the main entrance of Sixteen Mile Community Centre. This area connects the new building to the existing sports complex.

The wall dimensions are 10.8 metres (10833 mm) long by 3.1 metres (3100 mm) from floor to ceiling.

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

The artwork will be located at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. The Town of Oakville is developing the current Sixteen Mile Sports Complex to include a park, community centre and library branch. Located in north Oakville, this area encompasses portions of the Sixteen Mile Creek valley lands and contributes to the Natural Heritage System. 

Located north of Neyagawa Boulevard and Dundas Street, the expanding community park and outdoor spaces will feature a cricket field, skateboard park, bike pump track, splash pad, children’s playground, and multi-use sports fields. The community centre and library will connect to the existing Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and will feature multi-use spaces offering a variety of programs and services for all ages and abilities.  

The facility will provide pre-registered classes and camps, drop-in programs, recreational skating, Oakville Hockey Development programs, Oakville Recreational Hockey League, as well as an aquatics centre, a fitness centre, and a library.

The Town of Oakville was founded on the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee. The new community centre sits on Treaty 14 land which covers the majority of Oakville and beyond. This land was ceded to the crown in 1806 as part of the Head of the Lake Purchase which included land from Mississauga to Burlington. Oakville is a town in Halton Region, located on Lake Ontario between Toronto and Hamilton.  

As the artwork must incorporate themes related to the history and significance of the site, and/or the current uses of the property, here are a few important elements to be considered to help understand the location: 

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex opened in 2010, is Oakville’s state-of-the-art quad pad arena with one Olympic-sized ice pad, three National Hockey League-sized ice pads, and two shooter pads. The Oakville Blades and Skate Oakville proudly call Sixteen Mile Sports Complex home.

Sixteen Mile Creek

Sixteen Mile Creek runs behind the community centre and flows into Lake Ontario. The creek served as a significant water route for both Indigenous peoples and European settlers. There are several trail systems in this area that reflect the natural, human and built heritage. The Ojibwa called Sixteen Mile Creek "Nanzuhzaugewazog" or "having two outlets". 

Neyagawa Boulevard

Neyagawa is Oakville's Japanese sister city. The twinning of cities gained popularity after World War II, as a means of promoting mutual understanding. At the time, both cities had a mix of industry and agriculture and both were dealing with the challenge of achieving balanced growth in different ways. Neyagawa Boulevard was formerly known as Fourth line and is the street address of the community centre. Learn more about Oakville's Sister Cities.

Village of Glenorchy

Village of Glenorchy was located nearby and is an important component of the North Oakville Natural Heritage System, which serves as a network of habitat features, including wetlands, woodlands, grasslands, meadows, creeks and streams. The name is likely of Scottish origin and means “valley of tumbling waters.” The community of Glenorchy never had a large population and has all but vanished except for the Glenorchy Conservation Area which protects 400 hectares of environmentally sensitive land containing the Sixteen Mile Creek Valley.  

Ward 7

The neighbourhood, also known as Ward 7, is located on Oakville’s northernmost border and was historically characterized by farmland. Now it is made up of several of the town’s fastest-growing areas. A diverse range of land uses can be found in the ward, including employment, commercial, retail, offices, new medium-to high-density residential areas, recreational and green spaces, as well as some remaining agricultural land.  Learn more about the Ward 7 community.

The timeline is provided as a guideline and is subject to change.

  • Public call for expressions of interest opens: April 3, 2024 
  • Deadline for stage one: expressions of interest due 11:59 p.m. ET: Sunday May 5, 2024
  • Selection committee meets to review applications and select short-listed artists: May 2024
  • Deadline for stage two, short listed artists’ concept proposals due: June 2024
  • Selection committee reviews proposals and interviews with artists scheduled: June 2024
  • Award of project, selected artist enters into a contract with the Town of Oakville: July 2024
  • Design, creation, and fabrication of artwork: July 2024 - April 2025
  • Installation of artwork on site: May 2025
  • Public unveiling when community centre opens: June 2025

The schedule above is provided as a guideline only and is subject to change.

The total budget for all expenses related to this project is a maximum of $90,000 Canadian dollars. 

This is the total amount available for all related expenses of this public art project including but not limited to: 

  • artist fees, 
  • all applicable taxes, 
  • detailed renderings,
  •  materials, 
  • site preparation, 
  • technical consultations and approvals or other expertise as required, 
  • fabrication, installation, 
  • insurance, 
  • equipment, 
  • permit fees, 
  • travel to meetings and to the site, 
  • an artist statement, and 
  • a maintenance manual for the completed work. 

Applicants will be reviewed based on the merit of their past work, professional qualifications, and experience. Applications are due on or before the deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Applications are to be submitted online and must include:

  • The completed online application.
  • Artist resume, curriculum vitae (three pages maximum).
  • Artist proposal/expression of interest statement. Submit a brief statement outlining your interest in this project (two pages maximum). Outline your experience and approach to creating artwork for the public realm. Experience with permanent public projects is an asset, but not a requirement. (one page maximum).
  • Up to 10 JPEG images of your artwork. 
  • Image list.
  • Two references who have been directly involved with your artistic practice and/or past public art projects. 

This is a two-stage competition. At this time, we are not requesting artwork proposals.

Submit an Expression of Interest Application

The public art concept will be selected by a specially-convened independent selection committee, made up of visual arts professionals, community representatives, and Town of Oakville staff.

This is a two-stage competition and selection process.

  • Stage one: The selection committee will review all applicants based on the selection criteria (including the merit of their past work, professional qualifications, and experience) and narrow the entries to a short list of artists who will move to stage two. 
  • Stage two: Short-listed artists will be required to develop a concept proposal for the artwork consisting of an artist statement; preliminary design drawings; and a draft budget. They will be paid an artist fee of $1,500 to develop their proposals. 

The selection committee will conduct interviews as part of the deliberation process.

At the end of stage two, the selection committee will choose the successful artist based on the merits of the concept proposal and technical feasibility. The selected artist will then enter into a contract with the Town of Oakville for the artwork creation and installation phase of the project. The artist must guarantee the artwork is original and does not violate the copyright of any other person.

The Town of Oakville is the administrative lead for this project. At its sole discretion, the town reserves the following rights to:

  • Request clarification or additional information, as it deems necessary to evaluate submissions.
  • Determine the suitability of the submission and capability of the prospective artist(s).
  • Select the artist(s) that it deems most appropriate for the project.
  • Choose not to recommend any application, proposal or finalist and to terminate or re-advertise any project.
  • Issue public announcements regarding the competition.

Temporary Corridor and Main Gallery exhibition submissions and applications

We 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.

There are two types of exhibiting spaces: the Corridor Galleries and the Main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC).

Artwork must be either two-dimensional or three-dimensional, and must be original, handmade, or one-of-a-kind. Artwork must be completed and ready for exhibition. Please note that we are not accepting media art or performance art at this time.

Exhibiting in the Corridor Galleries is free. The duration of group and solo shows in the open corridors is three to four months. There are three exhibition seasons: winter, spring/summer, and fall. All works in the Corridors are displayed using a gallery track hanging system. It is highly recommended that works on paper be framed.

The Main Gallery at QEPCCC presents professional artwork by local artists for a fee. Content ranges from historical to contemporary themes. Exhibitions may also include works by national and international artists and exhibitions proposed by curators or collectives. Weekly rental rates apply for a minimum of three weeks.

The application deadline is September 1 and February 1. Selected artists will be contacted approximately two months following the deadline date.

Applications are to be submitted online and must include:

  • The completed online application form.
  • A description of works for exhibition with details regarding the issues or ideas explored. All artwork must be completed, finished work and paintings must be dry. Works in progress will not be reviewed.
  • Three to 10 JPEG images of your work. Do not submit artwork that will not be in the exhibition.
  • Image list.
  • Artist resume, curriculum vitae or art groups’ exhibition history (three pages maximum).

Please email if you have any questions.

Corridor Galleries

Corridor exhibition opportunities are available at QEPCCC, Trafalgar Park Community Centre (Rebecca Street), Glen Abbey Community Centre, and Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (Reynolds Street).

Exhibiting in the Corridor Galleries is free. Corridor exhibitions are programmed seasonally for four months:

  • Winter (January to April)
  • Spring/Summer (May to August)
  • Fall (September to December).

For an overview of QEPCCC, open the QEPCCC Corridor Galleries map (pdf). For details on each corridor, including measurements and wall texture, open the QEPCCC Corridor Galleries guide (pdf).

QEPCCC Main Gallery

The Main Gallery at QEPCCC presents professional artwork by local artists for a fee. 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 $285 to $389 weekly for a minimum of three weeks.

Open the Main Gallery floor plan (pdf).

Policies and procedures

Contact QEPCCC staff at 905-815-5979 if you have any questions.

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 provides 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.

Application forms and submission requirements

A complete application for an exhibition in the Youth Corridor will consist of:

  • Pages 3 and 4 of the Youth Exhibition Application Form (pdf) filled in.
  • Word document or PDF with a short description of your artwork. Discuss the content of the work, both conceptually (issues or ideas explored) and physically (type of medium and format). Please also outline why you would like to exhibit your work at QEPCCC.
  • One JPEG image of each work you are proposing to display. Images must be PC compatible in JPEG format, a maximum of 1 MB file size, a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72dpi. Please do not submit PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, PDFs, or large Tiff files. Do not send original artwork.
  • Word document or PDF with a corresponding image list. Label all materials and numerically list the work, with the title.

Email your application to You may also 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

After receiving notification of acceptance by email, applicants must return a signed Exhibitor’s Agreement and Guidelines. A general information meeting is scheduled with town staff thereafter.

Email for more information.

2024-2025 exhibitions at Oakville community and cultural centre galleries

Deadline closed on February 1, 2024.

The Town of Oakville welcomes proposals from artists, collectives, curators and community groups in the areas of fine art, craft, performance art and digital arts for exhibition spaces in either the Main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) and/or the Corridor Galleries in other Oakville facilities.

The Exhibitions Review Committee reviews proposals twice a year. The 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.

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


Email for more information.