A commitment has been made to produce publications for each and every exhibition, ranging from standardized booklets to comprehensive catalogues and artistís bookworks. Their contents run the gamut from personal comment to spirited critiques, from national voices to global statements. Oakville Galleriesís publications respond to issues and questions raised in the exhibition, stimulating thought and extending creative vision. The publications are conceived as parallel undertakings with their own rationale. As publications are a medium of communication, one of our tasks in producing them is to develop a style and tone of writing that is accessible and clear. Great attention is given to design and readability while taking into account the nature of the work. Whenever possible, Oakville Galleries produces bilingual texts. At least two writers are employed who can offer detailed and insightful readings of the artwork. Guest writers from specialized fields are employed where appropriate. Such imaginative, cross-disciplinary explorations of visual creativity challenge narrow thematic categories and canons of experience. Frequently, interviews with the artist are used to ensure that the artistís voice is heard, providing an illuminating and participatory process for all.
Our publications have established a ground from which extended research can develop. Publications are disseminated nationally and internationally to educational institutions, libraries, curators and art educators, promoting concerns represented in the exhibitions and contributing to an ongoing dialogue on issues related to contemporary art. Additionally, Oakville Galleries has won prizes nationally and internationally for writing and design. Oakville Galleriesís publications are available through ABC Art Books Canada, Montreal.