Arts and Culture

Oakville is a culturally rich and vibrant community, with exhibits, performances and tours offered throughout the year


Gabriel Kuri: spending static to save gas

Sept. 23, 2018 – Dec. 30, 2018 at Oakville Galleries (Centennial Square)

Spending static to save gas

Encompassing work in sculpture, collage, installation and other media, Mexican-born, Brussels-based artist Gabriel Kuri often uses repurposed materials—natural, industrial and otherwise—to link questions of form with larger conversations surrounding how commodities are valued, circulated and assigned function. For his first solo exhibition in Canada, Kuri will present a new site-specific installation that recasts the architecture of Oakville Galleries’ Centennial Square space, creating a static field to contain the gallery’s energy use during the run of the show. Accompanied by a series of new and recent sculptures that translate facts and figures into form, this gesture not only sets in motion a looping system (regulating a flow of energy, money and labour), but also functions as a tautology: an occasion that speaks about its occurrence, a space that assesses space, a possibility that reflects on possibility.

Gabriel Kuri: spending static to save gas is organized in collaboration with the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.


David Hartt: in the forest

Sept. 23, 2018 – Dec. 30, 2018 at Oakville Galleries (Gairloch Gardens)

David Hartt: in the forest

David Hartt: in the forest continues David Hartt’s ongoing interest in how societal values are expressed in the built environment. The exhibition investigates Moshe Safdie’s abandoned Habitat Puerto Rico, a continuation of the architect’s experimental housing typology initiated by Montréal’s Habitat 67. A project of particular resonance in Canada and originally intended for regions across the globe, Hartt considers the symbolism of this moment in late modernism, both the failure to build a better world and its colonial and nationalist undertones. 50 years later, the issues it attempted to resolve are ever more acute. Borrowing its title from a chapter in Claude Levi-Strauss’s Triste Tropique, the exhibition includes the Montréal-born, Philadelphia-based artist’s newest film, related photographs, sculptural objects, and an installation of tropical plants.

David Hartt: in the forest was commissioned by the Graham Foundation, Chicago, with additional support from Oakville Galleries.


Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition: Renewal

Sept. 20, 2018 – Nov. 18, 2018 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre hosts its 5th annual Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition; a diverse display by local artists who have risen to the challenge of sharing their best work. We are thrilled to have the artists of Halton and Peel come together to share their creativity, skills and inspirations. This year’s theme is RENEWAL: Acknowledging our personal transformations, creating awareness of our changing landscapes, and honouring our legacies.

The artwork will be juried by Dick Rampen, a multi-faceted artist and longtime OCAD professor, as well as Shirley Erskine, a highly renowned and respected artist from the Joshua Creek Studio.

At the Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 23, guests will have the chance to vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Friends of Joshua Creek Annual Show

July 26, 2018 – Sept. 16, 2018 at Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre

Friends of Joshua Creek Annual Show

Once a year Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre invites its members, otherwise known as Friends of Joshua Creek, to exhibit their art. This collaboration is one of our finest. The artwork displayed is a mix of various types of media — from watercolour and acrylic to fibre art and photography.  It is wonderful to see the talents of a varied group of artists in one location.

An opening reception will be held on July 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Please join us for this wonderful exhibition. We look forward to seeing you!


An Assembly of Shapes

June 24, 2018 – Sept. 1, 2018 at Oakville Galleries (Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square)

An Assembly of Shapes

An Assembly of Shapes explores painting as a methodology. Moving between figuration and abstraction, the works in this exhibition emerge from an underlying curiosity about both form and content that reflects the stakes of creating and circulating images. Through thoughtful consideration of subjects such as perception, politics, technology, language, intuition, and humour, painting is positioned here as a site for inquiry. The exhibition presents works by Canadian artists working both locally and internationally.


At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections Public Art Exhibit

June 21, 2018 – Oct. 8, 2018 in Bronte Village

At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections Public Art Exhibit

The At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections Public Art Exhibit is coming back to Bronte Village!

This outdoor art exhibit – launched July 1 at Oakville’s Canada Day 2017 – struck a chord with its 67 uniquely designed Muskoka chairs, painted by Oakville artists, families, organizations and businesses. These colourful masterpieces were placed on the Bronte Boardwalk, in Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and on the Pier for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. The Bronte BIA is inviting artists, BIA members, community groups and corporate groups the opportunity to get involved and paint 60 chairs for this summer!


Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military

June 1, 2018 – Sept. 15, 2018 at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum

Play Hard Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military

This exhibit was developed by The Military Museums and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and explores the relationship between sports and military service dating back to the 1880s. Artifacts from golf and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured members who served in the Canadian military will help in supplementing the exhibit. Also highlighted is the Soldier On program, which uses activity and sport to support wounded military members. Well known sport heroes like Conn Smyth, Jeff Nicklin, Mark Fuchko and Myrtle Cook are showcased.

The exhibit is scheduled to open on June 1 and run through Sept. 15 at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum located at the Golf Canada building at Glen Abbey Golf Club, 1333 Dorval Drive in Oakville. Spectators attending the RBC Canadian Open will be able to see the exhibit for free during the tournament. Admission to the exhibit and the museum is regularly $10.00 per person.


A French Connection

February 24, 2018 – March 17, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre


The Oakville Museum is home to an astonishing collection of artifacts with a French connection.

You don’t have to carry a baguette under your arm to be considered a Francophile. People have been enamoured with France throughout history, and the artifacts curated for this exhibit suggest that many Oakville residents have shared an enduring love of France.

The exhibit includes Great War letters from the Somme, prêt-à-porter ensembles from Paris and exquisite china from Limoges, which have found their way back to Canada, demonstrating Oakville’s penchant for all things French.


Crystal Clear: Pieces from the Oakville Museum’s Glass Collection

Until November 2018 at Erchless Estate


Glass is a material of everyday life. We see through it and we see ourselves in it. Using the seven capital vices as facets of human fascinations, this exhibit explores pieces from the Oakville Museum glass collection. This exhibit first ran at QEPCCC from April 2016 to February 2017.


Stand On Guard: Sport in Canada

Until September 2018 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex


Visit Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for an amazing look into the history of Canadian sports and how they are influenced by our seasons, geography and social diversity. Learn the cultural origins and some cool facts about hockey, lacrosse, cricket and more of our favourite sports.


From Far and Wide: Tales From a Suitcase

July 1, 2017 – September 16, 2018 at Erchless Estate


Using the museum’s suitcase and costume collection, as well as archival documentation, this exhibit shares stories of immigration from over 150 years as a collective history of becoming Canadian.

The people who came to make Oakville their home brought their unique skills, energy and vision, and have contributed to the development of the community. This exhibit explores a select number of Oakville immigration stories from the first fifty years after Canadian Confederation in 1867.


Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate


Discover the stories of early Black settlers in Oakville including Branson Johnson, a freeborn African-American, who arrived with his family in 1855. His Certificate of Freedom from a Maryland court and the pocket watch in which it was hidden for many years are featured.


The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate


In this exciting and moving multi-media presentation, the ghost of Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to her new life of freedom in 19th-century Toronto. Presentation available in French and English.


The following organizations offer more information on arts and culture within Oakville:

Oakville Arts Council 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5977 Arts and culture are vital pieces of Oakville’s unique character; it transforms us and enriches our lives. The Oakville Arts Council is home to many of Oakville’s arts and culture groups. The Oakville Arts Council takes great pride in recognizing and honouring the profound arts talent in the community. Plan a visit or attend a class and let the Oakville Arts Council help plan your downtime. Take in a little song and dance, an exhibition, gallery or museum visit. Find out what’s going on in Oakville and put some creativity in your visit – visit the calendar of events at To see a list of Oakville Arts Council events, please click here. To see the Oakville Arts Council’s Arts Directory, click here.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts 130 Navy Street 905-815-2021

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts provides its guests with a place to learn through dance, music, storytelling and theatre, in one of two theatres located on beautiful Oakville Harbour. Local, national and international performers delight audiences up to 260 days of the year.

Theatre Sheridan 1430 Trafalgar Road 905-815-4049 Long recognized for performance and technical excellence, Theatre Sheridan at Sheridan College presents six musicals a year at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville. Alumni go on to perform in theatres around the world, including Broadway, London’s West End, Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCC) 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5979 The QEPCC is a vibrant public space offering active living, cultural and artistic programs and events. The centre provides artists, musicians, and cultural groups with work and studio space, and houses gallery and exhibit space. It also provides residents and visitors to Oakville with opportunities to explore their personal creativity through its schedule of programs.

Oakville Galleries Two Locations: Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 Centennial Square, 120 Navy Street Tuesday – Thursday 12-9, Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5 905-844-4402 Oakville Galleries – one institution with two distinct buildings and locations and an eleven acre garden fronting Lake Ontario – is committed to the presentation, collection, preservation, and interpretation of recent work produced in the visual and media arts. Oakville Galleries privileges programmes created to explore and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time that engage artists and communities alike. The exhibitions, collection, educational programmes and original research present new ways of seeing, representing and responding to life.