LOCATIONS & OPENING HOURS

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Centennial Square

120 Navy Street
Oakville, ON L6J 2Z4

Tuesday to Thursday: 12 – 7 PM

Friday to Saturday: 12 – 5 PM

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Gairloch Gardens

1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON L6J 1L6

Tuesday to Saturday: 12 – 7 PM

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Oakville Galleries is located on Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee. As an institution, Oakville Galleries recognizes the importance of establishing and maintaining meaningful and respectful relationships with the original inhabitants and keepers of the land, and we are grateful for the opportunity to operate on this territory.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?

Admission is always free (though donations are always welcome!).

WHERE IS OAKVILLE GALLERIES LOCATED?

Oakville Galleries is 30 km west of Toronto. We're housed in two spaces—one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville, and another in a lakeside mansion and park.

HOW DO I GET TO THE GALLERIES?

Public Transportation

GO Transit | Oakville Transit

To find the best route for you, visit Triplinx—a transit trip planner for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Simply enter where you're starting from and one of our locations (see addresses below), and Triplinx will tell you the best way get here:

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens | 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square | 120 Navy Street, Oakville

Home to Hub for Southeast Oakville

Oakville Transit offers an on-demand transit service called Home to Hub that will conveniently pick you up or drop you off at our Gairloch Gardens location from the closest transit hub (Oakville GO Station or Downtown Oakville). Service is open to anyone travelling to or from Oakville Galleries; regular transit fares apply. Advanced registration is required. Once you're registered, trip bookings can be made between two hours and ten days in advance. For more information and to register, please visit oakville.ca.

Taxi Services

AAA Halton Taxi: 905.844.4300

Oakville United Taxi: 905.338.0044

Ride sharing services are also available in the area.

Car sharing

Zipcar vehicles are available at the Oakville GO Station. To learn more, please visit zipcar.ca.

Parking

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Parking is available in the main Gairloch Gardens lot on Lakeshore Road East. A limited number of spots are also available adjacent to the gallery entrance on weekends. Parking is free of charge.

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

There is paid parking available in the lot on Water Street, at the rear of the building. Rates are $1.50 per hour from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Parking is free outside of these times.

Cycling

Bicycle racks can be found at both locations. GO Train and Oakville Transit are both bike-friendly during most times of day.

ARE THE GALLERIES WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

All public areas of the gallery are wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, the entrances are not equipped with automatic openers. A single user restroom is located on the main level, however it is regrettably not wheelchair accessible.

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

The gallery and all public spaces are fully accessible. An elevator connects visitors to all levels of the library, with accessible restrooms on the second floor.

Service animals welcome at both spaces.

CAN I TAKE MY STROLLER INTO THE GALLERIES?

Strollers are permitted at both locations. Depending on the works on view there may be areas where their use is restricted. If you have any questions prior to your visit, please call 905.844.4402.

IS THERE A CAFÉ OR RESTAURANT AT THE GALLERIES?

No, but there are plenty nearby, many within walking distance from our Centennial Square location. Be sure to check out some of our favourite spots:

7 Enoteca, 216 Lakeshore Road East
Bru Restaurant, 138 Lakeshore Road East
Coriander Green, 342 Church Street
Kerr Street Cafe, 298 Kerr Street
Maro's Bistro, 135 Kerr Street
Miso Sushi & Tapas, 221 Lakeshore Road East
Noble Bistro, 218 Lakeshore Road East
Stoney's Bread Company, 325 Kerr Street
Tribeca Coffee Co., 174 Lakeshore Road East

DO YOU ACCEPT ARTIST SUBMISSIONS?

Artists, we love you! Unfortunately, we do not accept unsolicited submissions. We are, however, happy to receive invitations, publications, links, or other bulletins from artists, curators and colleagues.

If you are interested in showing your work in the community, the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre welcomes proposals from local artists and curators. For more information, please visit oakville.ca.

DO YOU APPRAISE WORKS OF ART?

We do not. To find a certified appraiser, please visit the International Society of Appraisers Canada.

HOW CAN I DONATE A WORK OF ART TO OAKVILLE GALLERIES?

Oakville Galleries has long benefited from the generosity of the public in building our collections and we continue to welcome donations of art. Not every object, however, is right for our collections. If we already have a work that an offered gift duplicates, or if a work would never have a chance to be exhibited, we are generally not able to add it to our collection. Therefore we have a careful process for reviewing all proposed gifts. If you wish to offer an artwork to us, please send images, along with a letter outlining your intentions, to curatorial@oakvillegalleries.com. We appreciate your generosity.

DOES OAKVILLE GALLERIES HAVE A PERMANENT COLLECTION?

Yes, Oakville Galleries has over 1,100 works of art in its collection. We are committed to building a collection of contemporary art for and about the people of this community. Our holdings—spanning works in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film, and other media—include works that directly address Oakville's history, industry, populations, and ongoing state of growth and change, as well as broader issues of the environment and the changing face of the Canadian landscape. View the entire collection online.

WHERE IS THE PERMANENT COLLECTION LOCATED?

While we regularly integrate these works into our programming, most items are held in storage. Collection items are also loaned to major institutions across Canada and exhibited throughout public spaces in the community. Explore the collection online.

DO YOU OFFER GUIDED TOURS?

Yes! If you would like to organize a private, guided tour of our exhibitions, please contact Theresa Wang, Associate Curator and Registrar, at theresa@oakvillegalleries.com.

DO YOU OFFER RENTAL SPACE FOR PRIVATE EVENTS?

The Studio in Gairloch Gardens is available for private rentals. Please visit our facility rentals page for more information and to submit a rental request. Regrettably, we are generally unable to rent the main gallery space for private functions.

IS PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED IN THE GALLERIES?

You are welcome to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use. On occasion, there may be certain works on view that cannot be photographed. Flash photography and tripods are not permitted.

Any commercial photography must be scheduled and approved in advance. Photo requests can be directed to Marketing & Communications at communications@oakvillegalleries.com.

IS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED IN THE GARDENS?

Yes. To obtain a wedding photography permit for Gairloch Gardens, please contact the Town of Oakville at 905.815.2000 or bookafacility@oakville.ca.

Wedding photos are not permitted in the gallery space.

HOW IS OAKVILLE GALLERIES FUNDED?

Oakville Galleries generates much of its revenue through individual donations, corporate sponsorships, special events, education programs, and project grants. Oakville Galleries also receives ongoing, generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Corporation of the Town of Oakville.

HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

As of March 21, 2022, following changes to the Province of Ontario's COVID-19 health guidelines, Oakville Galleries has made changes to its COVID-19 safety measures. We wish to clarify the following questions for our visitors to Gairloch Gardens, Centennial Square, and the Studio:

Are masks required at Oakville Galleries?

Visitors to our facilities will no longer be required to wear a mask. However, we strongly recommend that all visitors to our spaces continue to wear a mask, and Oakville Galleries will continue to be a mask-friendly organization. All visitors will continue to be offered a mask free of charge at Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square.

All Oakville Galleries employees are required to wear a mask while at work.

Is proof of vaccination required at Oakville Galleries?

Visitors to our facilities will no longer be required to produce proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter. All Oakville Galleries employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What additional COVID-19 safety measures will continue at Oakville Galleries?

Health and safety precautions, including enhanced cleaning routines and sanitization, remain in place at our facilities. Plexiglass barriers at the front reception desks of Gairloch Gardens and Centennial will also continue to be used.

We ask that all potential visitors who feel unwell kindly postpone their visit and consider returning when they feel well again.

Couldn't find something? Send your question to info@oakvillegalleries.com or give us a call at 905.844.4402.