Arts and Culture

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


Valerie Blass: The Mime, the Model and the Dupe

Jan. 27 – March 24, 2019 at Oakville Galleries Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square

Valerie Blass

Spanning a striking range of techniques and approaches—from moulding and casting to carving and modelling—the sculptures of Valérie Blass cleverly distill visual and material histories, acting as a levelling force between the traditional and the idiosyncratic, the high and the low. Occupying both Oakville Galleries venues, this exhibition will survey the past ten years of Blass’ output, cataloguing the artists’ ongoing—and often razor-sharp—reflections on our current moment in material culture and art history


8th Annual Art from the Heart

Jan. 24 – Mar. 17, 2019 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Art from the Heart

Opening Tea Party: Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2-5 p.m.

An uplifting exhibition by artists with special needs who wish to share their gifts and inspirations. Joyous colour sings throughout the gallery, filling it with the resonance of creativity that comes straight from the heart. This show focuses on different ways of seeing and experiencing the world, reflected in artwork. It is about sharing, awareness, artistic expression and courage.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday  1 – 4 p.m. or by appointment.


Visions of Truth Indigenous Art Exhibit

Nov. 23 – Jan. 13, 2018 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 23, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Nov. 25, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sharing the essence of our people, celebrating traditions, and expressing our journey that connects all people, through peace end joy.

This meaningful exhibition is a partnership between Grandmothers’ Voice and Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre.


Hair: The long and short of it!

Until October 2019 at Erchless Estate

Hair: The long and short of it

Can hair be an outward expression of our thoughts? What can the artifacts relating to hair in the Oakville Museum tell us about our past? Whether exploring fashion statements, spoils of war, valued keepsakes or objects of art, explore how hair has been used to mark rites of passage throughout time.

Opening night event: Oct. 24, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.

Join us for our opening exhibition launch and enjoy a lively presentation on Ancient Egyptian hairstyles by Egyptologist Laura Ranieri of Ancient Egypt Alive. Refreshments will be served. Visit our events page for more information.


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.


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.


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.