Arts and Culture

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


Pio Abad: Splendour

March 31 – June 2, 2019 at Oakville Galleries Gairloch Gardens

Pio Abad

In Pio Abad’s Splendour, the Manila-born, London-based artist brings together a series of objects and images that draw connections between moments of political and economic upheaval—from the fall of Cold War-era dictatorships that erroneously heralded “the end of history” to the economic crises of 2008 that brought us to our current age of political disenchantment. Lifting its title from an Abi Morgan play, which takes place in the drawing room of an unnamed autocracy on the eve of its collapse, the exhibition imagines Gairloch Gardens as the setting of another scene of political decay. Splendour reflects on the roles of repetition and mistranslation in our understanding of history and asks how we might meaningfully go forward at a moment of global political unease.


Rebecca Brewer and Rochelle Goldberg: Waves and Waves

March 31 – June 2, 2019 at Oakville Galleries Centennial Square

rebecca brewer and rochelle goldberg

Longtime friends and occasional collaborators, New York-based artist Rochelle Goldberg and Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Brewer have been engaged in a dialogue about their respective practices for years. This exhibition emerges from that conversation, with their distinct ideas unfolding materially in a shared space for the first time. The project sees both artists explore forms that allude to the relationship between human life and the natural world: Brewer’s recent textile works recall dream-like perceptions—seen here alongside new paintings that stem from an early memory of being carried out to sea on a wave—whereas Goldberg’s sculptural works evoke material transitions, tactility and the traces that contact leaves on human bodies and other living beings.


Sybil’s Legacy: Celebrating 90 Years

March 21 – May 19, 2019 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Opening Reception Sunday, March 24, 2019: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sybil's Legacy

Join us in celebration of Sybil’s 90th birthday! Experience a lifetime of creativity in this phenomenal solo exhibition.

“Our art is our history; a legend of personal identity as well as visual richness. Art documents our lives, and this is what this exhibition is about.”

— Sybil Rampen, Sybil Rampen, founder & owner of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre


“Beyond the Journey” – African Canadian Art Exhibition

Feb. 1 – 28, 2019 at Oakville Town Hall

Exhibit includes 50 artworks at the Oakville Town Hall by contemporary African Canadian artists; facilitated tours of the exhibit available.

Exhibit is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and is closed on weekends.


Valérie 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 – March 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.


Decade Dolls

Until Aug. 2019 at Erchless Estate

Decade Dolls

In the early 1970s the Oakville Historical Society Women’s Auxiliary began a project to generate interest in the museum’s extraordinary costume collection. The project was called Decade Dolls and it recreated fashions of the past 150 years. The women used scraps of fabrics from historic garments and were able to recreate, with loving care, gowns and menswear from the early 1820s to the late 1960s. The dolls are made of paper mache on a wire  and replica materials were used when historic fabric was not available.


Hair: The long and short of it!

Until Oct. 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.


A French Connection

Feb. 24, 2018 – Mar. 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.


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.