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Arts and Culture

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


Friends of Joshua Creek Exhibition

Until November 15, 2020 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is pleased to present this collaborative exhibition of inspired artwork, provided by the generous supporters of our Friendship Program.
Friends of Joshua Creek not only help preserve this pocket of Eden with its historic buildings, but also help support our local outreach programs for artists of all ages and stages.
Every year, Sybil Rampen, founder and owner, invites Friends of Joshua Creek to share their talents at this exhibition. The artists offer a variety of works, from watercolours and oils to acrylics, fibre art and photography. This incredible collection reflects the diversity of our vibrant community


Elizabeth McIntosh: Show Up

September 1 to November 29, 2020 at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & Centennial Square

Show Up

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Show Up is a solo exhibition of work by Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth McIntosh. Long one of the most exciting and influential voices in Canadian contemporary painting, McIntosh has developed a rich and complex body of work over the past two decades, which provokes looking by resisting easy answers and always pushing for the unfamiliar and new.

Moving between representation and abstraction, her paintings often use unplanned processes of experimentation, or improvise on small excerpts—graphic motifs, colour palettes, objects, and lines—that are borrowed from the history of modern painting. In the end result, signifiers remain familiar, but are so loosened from their sources that they are barely recognisable. Viewers are left on the lookout, to revel in the unknown.

Show Up will survey the themes present in her most recent work, including a turn towards figuration. Stretched across both Oakville Galleries locations, it will include a new series of small paintings alongside large-scale canvases, which resonate playfully with the galleries’ distinctive architecture. With painted elements that intervene directly into the building itself, the exhibition tussles with various visual strategies of juxtaposition: superimposition, collage, doubling, and inverting.

Through her unique approach to painting and many years teaching at Emily Carr University, McIntosh has had a significant impact on generations of young painters in Canada, many of whom cite her work as a key influence. Show Up is the first solo institutional exhibition of this important artist’s work outside Vancouver.

The Artists of Joshua Creek

Book an appointment to see the exhibit in person at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Virtual exhibit:

Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre

The artists of Joshua Creek Studio have prepared over 70 incredible pieces for the virtual exhibition, “Artus”. This exhibition features watercolour printmaking, a medium that was invented by our founder, Sybil Rampen, over two decades ago. Other mediums are also featured and explored in this exhibition. Let’s celebrate the artists who draw inspiration from the surroundings of Joshua Creek and the natural world.


Read Me a Story: Fables and Fairytales

February 29, 2020 to Winter 2021 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

Fables and Fairytales

Elders have tried to teach children important life lessons through storytelling since time began. Through museum artifacts, we take a whimsical look at reoccurring themes found in fables and fairytales from a long, long time ago.


Commemorations and Celebrations

November 23, 2019 to September 2020 at Erchless Estate 

commemorations and celebrations

The ability to remember is an inherent human trait. Our senses remind us of the experiences we have had and can jolt us back to them. Many objects have a specific role of making us remember a particular moment in time. From events both large and small, every artifact in this exhibit has a story to tell. From a bottle of champagne given to the Allied soldiers who participated in the D-Day landings to a wedding gown capturing all the promise and joy of marriage, every item marked an important event in someone’s life.


Preserving Peace: Souvenirs of Peacekeeping

August 9 to September 2020 at Erchless Estate 

Preserving Peace

Since the invention of Peacekeeping by Lester B. Pearson in response to the 1956 Suez Crisis, Canada has assumed a leading role in missions around the world. Learn about Canada’s contribution to global peace and about Canadian peacekeepers, through their uniforms, medals, souvenirs, photographs and letters as they faced considerable risks while operating in some of the most challenging environments.

Exhibit launch: August 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Join us for refreshments and opening remarks by military enthusiast Michael Johnson. Former Peacekeepers will be present to answer questions based on their personal experiences about Canada’s contribution to global peace and Canadian peacekeeping missions.


History of Sledge Hockey

Now on until September 2019 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex 

What is sledge hockey? Sledge Hockey of Canada (SHOC) was established over twenty-five years ago. Learn about the history of the sport, the rules of the game and get introduced to some of its leading athletes, some of which call Oakville home.


I-DYVO – Augmented Reality Art

100 Bronte Road, Unit 10

Augmented Reality Art

Our pilot collection weaves the linkage between Autism and Augmented Reality – a layering of sensory perceptions – over the calming creativity of art. This collection is designed to generate awareness for Autism and to showcase the innate and unique talent inside people affected by this commonly misunderstood neurological condition. A cornerstone of our gallery is original pieces created by a great autistic artist – Aiden Lee from Oakville, Ontario.

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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 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 & Centennial Square, 120 Navy Street 905-844-4402 Oakville Galleries – one institution with two distinct buildings and locations and an 11 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.