In 2009, the Oakville Galleries commissioned a Facility Plan Audit which concluded that the Galleries’ needs have long outgrown the home on Gairloch Estate. Oakville Galleries is evaluating options regarding its future needs to determine an operating size and model in a new, unified location that would dramatically expand the kinds of programs it can offer. This report is anticipated to be completed in 2013.
On October 29, 2012, Council heard from public delegations, and received the Gairloch Gardens report regarding future uses of the prime real estate lakefront property given the Oakville Galleries’ plans to leave.
Council directed staff to further investigate:
Council also directed staff to:
Staff undertook the work as directed by Council.
On May 1, 2013, the town issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) to solicit viable options from interested parties regarding Option 2 — leasing of the estate house(s) at Gairloch Gardens.
On October 28, 2013, Council received a Gairloch Gardens update staff report outlining that:
Staff also provided Council with information on the City of Burlington’s Paletta Mansion.
Commissioner, Community Services
Town of Oakville
Gairloch Gardens, consisting of a park and gallery in an old homestead, is located south of Lakeshore Road near Morrison Road. The gallery is an old home on the estate of the late James Gairdner, who, in 1971, bequeathed his estate to the Town of Oakville, without imposing any trust or legal obligations upon the town, with the wish that the residence, and the land immediately adjacent to it, be used as an art gallery and public park. This land became the gardens/public park and his home, the gallery, which later was amalgamated with the Centennial Gallery to form Oakville Galleries.
Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit charitable public art museum where contemporary art is the impetus for advancing imagination and self-reflection. Through two sites, the Galleries serves communities in Oakville, Halton Region and wider audiences nationally and internationally. Oakville Galleries is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Corporation of the Town of Oakville, along with our many individual, corporate and foundation partners. Originally two separate entities, Centennial Gallery and Gairloch Gallery were amalgamated on 27 June 1980 to form Oakville Galleries, each bringing its own distinct history.
Visit the Oakville Galleries website to learn more.