Oakville Galleries

Tourism Region: Southern Ontario

Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit charitable public art gallery governed by an autonomous Board of Directors. Oakville Galleries is committed to presenting an innovative programme of exhibitions and providing services relevant to its communities, principally the Town of Oakville. Oakville Galleries' aim is to increase the awareness, appreciation and accessibility of the visual arts through both its programming activities and through maintaining a strong visible presence in the community.

Oakville Galleries's primary commitment is to contemporary Canadian art. Understood as art of the moment, contemporary art addresses issues that relate to our time. This commitment is reflected in all aspects of its programming: exhibitions, permanent collection and acquisition, educational programming and interpretive activities. Oakville Galleries' broader mandate includes the presentation and acquisition of contemporary and historical work in various fine art media by local, national and international artists.

Opportunities for collaboration with other institutions and organizations are actively sought to augment a program of exhibitions and projects initiated or sponsored by Oakville Galleries.

Through offering a cohesive program of educational and interpretive activities, Oakville Galleries makes an important and ongoing contribution to the community of Oakville. Specifically designed for its community, its gallery members and its various audiences, these activities strive to foster the development of visual literacy skills. The range of activities includes gallery tours, art classes, docents and docents training program, video and lecture programs and artists-in-residence program. Where appropriate and possible, exhibitions and projects originated by Oakville Galleries are fully researched and documented through the production of accompanying publications, brochures and animation devices.

Oakville Galleries adheres to the Canadian Museums Association standards and practices in all domains, and is supported by a fully-trained staff and active volunteer base.



At Centennial Square: 120 Navy Street, Oakville
In Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 1L6

Telephone: 905-844-4402
Fax: 905-844-7968

Mailing Address: 
Oakville Galleries
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario
L6J 1L6

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open: In Gairloch Gardens

1:00 - 5:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday

At Centennial Square

12:00 - 9:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday
12:00 - 5:00 pm Friday
10:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday
1:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday

Closed: Monday
Mondays and holidays

Administration fees

Admission: Free
Admission by donation is encouraged.

About Collections

Oakville Galleries' mandate includes a commitment to the acquisition of contemporary art. Oakville Galleries annully acquires important works of contemporary art in various media by local, national and international artists. Over the years, Oakville Galleries has also received a number of significant donations that have played a major role in developing a rich visual art collection.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1100


Electronic Records • Manuscripts • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records

Fine Arts

African • American • Asian • Australian • Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations • Inuit • European

Other Period: Contemporary Art: Visual and Media Arts

Services & Activities

10-14 exhibitions per year
touring exhibitions

Research Services

Archival Records • Library

Educational Programs

Oakville Galleries offers public programmes such as events, guided tours and special projects, as well as youth school programmes, art classes and camps.

Oakville Galleries’ School Programmes challenge the traditional paradigm of museum education and invite youngsters to come together in a dialogue about contemporary culture. Our programmes emphasize the link between traditional techniques and contemporary practices through both hands-on and discussion-based activities at the Galleries and in your classroom.

Art Classes and Camps include fun and unique art-related activities for children ages 6 to 12 (and some for younger kids and caregivers!)

Classes or Workshops • Family Programs • Internships • Lectures • School Programs : Age 0-4 (Pre-School) : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary) • Seniors Programs • Professional Development
Other: P.A. Day Boredom Neutralizer, Saturday StARTers, After-School Art Break, March Break Art Camps, Winter Art Camps, Summer Art Camps, Parent & Child Programme, Half-Day and Full-Day exhibition tour and workshop programmes for Grades 1 through 12

Visitor Services

Bilingual Services • Films and Videos • Guided Tours : English : French • Accessible by Public Transportation • Art Rental • Audio Guides : English : French • Children's Activities or Services • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens • Parking Facilities : Free • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchair access • Cloakroom • Washrooms
Other: Note: special needs washroom facilities at Centennial location only.

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 14

Activities: Volunteers contribute to Oakville Galleries in such areas as: children's art education, special events, fundraising initiatives, office assistance, membership, and communications and marketing.

Member Privileges

Free admission to both Oakville Galleries locations; 15% discount on all publications and artist editions; invitations to all events, public programmes, and opening receptions; discounts on public programmes; subscription to Oakville Galleries eNewsletter; voting privileges at the Annual General meeting; free reciprocal admission to over 80 art galleries and museums in Ontario.

Food Services

Snack Bar or Vending Machines • Reception Facilities
Other: Note: vending machines at Centennial location only.

Internet Services

General InformationCollectionsEventsVirtual ExhibitionsEducationSchool Visits or ProgramsDirections or MapOnline Giftshop or BookstoreOther Internet Services

Publications & Products

Recent catalogues by Oakville Galleries:

People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell / Des gens comme nous: Les potins de Colin Campbell
Jon Davies and John Greyson
Oakville Galleries (2008)
$25 for non-members ($23 for members)

Gareth Long: Second, Third, Fourth
Essays by AA Bronson, Alissa Firth-Eagland and Liam Gillick
Oakville Galleries (2008)
$20 for non-members ($18 for members)

T&T: Onward Future
Patrik Andersson
Oakville Galleries / Museum London (2008)
$30 for non-members ($27 for members)

Burrow: Janice Kerbel, Adriana Kuiper, Liz Magor, Samuel Roy-Bois / Terrier: Janice Kerbel, Adriana Kuiper, Liz Magor, Samuel Roy-Bois
Shannon Anderson
Oakville Galleries / Musée d'art de Joliette (2007)
$30 for non-members ($27 for members)

Mitch Robertson: 5,6,7 Economies of Good & Evil
Interview by Robert McKaskell, essay by Steven Matijcio
Oakville Galleries / Plug In ICA / St. Mary's University Art Gallery / Confederation Centre Art Gallery / Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery / Kenderdine Art Gallery (2007)
$25 (members and non-members)

Is there a there there? / Y a-t-il un là là?
Marnie Fleming and Alan Sears
Oakville Galleries / National Gallery of Canada (2007)
$10 (members and non-members)

Inhabiting: the works of Isabelle Hayeur / Habiter: les oeuvres d'Isabelle Hayeur
Serge Bérard
Oakville Galleries / Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2006)
$35 (members and non-members)

Weathervane/L'air du temps
Karen Love and Elizabeth May
The Ottawa Art Gallery/La Galerie d'art d'Ottawa and Oakville Galleries (2005)
$25 (members and non-members)

Eric Glavin: Radiant City
Luis Jacob and Beth Seaton
Oakville Galleries (2005)
Softcover, illustrated
$20 for non-members ($18 for members)

Janet Hodgson: Here and There, Then and Now
Marnie Fleming and Emma Rushton
Oakville Galleries (2004)
Softcover, illustrated
$15 for non-members ($13 for members)

David Rokeby
Sara Diamond and Su Ditta
Oakville Galleries (2004)
Hardcover, 88 pages with DVD, illustrated
$40 for non-members ($35 for members)

Rachel Harrison: Brides and Bases
Ben Portis & Margaret Sundell, Oakville Galleries (2003)
Softcover, 40 pages, 17 illlustrations (17 colour)
$20 for non-members, $18 for members

Revealing the Subject
Shannon Anderson, Oakville Galleries (2003)
Softcover, 64 pages, 15 illustrations (9 colour)
$15 for non-members, $13 for members

Jeremy Borsos: Then Again
Marnie Fleming, Oakville Galleries (2003)
Softcover, 32 pages, 8 illlustrations (8 colour)
$12 for non-members, $10 for members

Roy Arden
Selected Works 1985-2000
Marnie Fleming & Shep Steiner, with a foreward by Francine Perinet. Oakville
Galleries (2002), hardcover, 48 pages, 15 illustrations (10 colour) $35.00

*All catalogues available at Oakville Galleries or www.ABCartbookscanada.com

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Exterior view of Oakville Galleries' Gairloch Gallery

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Exterior view of Oakville Galleries' Centennial Gallery

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Murray Favro: Railway Tracks, 1995-6. Wood, gravel. photo: Christopher Cutts Gallery

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Colette Whiten: Vows Veangence 1993-5. Glass beads, swivels, lead. photo: Rod Demerling

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