Summer 2021 Online Exhibitions at Oakville Galleries

The Oakville Galleries permanent collection features over 700 works of contemporary art. This summer, we are delighted to present two online exhibitions that highlight the range of works represented within the collection.


There and Then

28 June – 8 August 2021
Oakville Galleries @

After a year of homebound stay, the concept of home feels ever more embedded within a physical space. Yet homes are manifold and shifting: neighbourhoods are gentrified and redeveloped and families are uprooted across lands. Further, home as material infrastructure and property ownership is only a recent notion that is tied to the effects of capitalism and colonialism. There and Then brings together a selection of artworks that speak to the nostalgia and longing of home and homeland, particularly within diasporic, immigrant, and displaced communities. The artists respond to the loss of home by highlighting different remnants of home, such as souvenirs, language, or maps. Thinking of home beyond its physical infrastructure, the works within this exhibition consider home as an emotional, psychological, and conceptual space.

Artists featured include Roy Arden, Sylvie Bélanger, Susan Dobson, Donna James, Shelagh Keeley, Luanne Martineau, Ed Pien, Paulette Phillips, Susan Schelle, and Jeff Thomas



Tracing Language

9 August – 19 September 2021
Oakville Galleries @

Tracing Language includes a selection of language-related works that were made in the years between 1990 and 2000, a tumultuous decade in which the art world and beyond underwent many technological and societal changes. As the use of the Internet was becoming widespread, many artists responded in creative and critical ways to this new, digital language. Many were also engaged with how words operated as a tool of commerce and empire, and how breaking down linguistic systems could create moments of resistance and refusal. Other important works aimed to centre and empower Indigenous voices, or to put forward an embodied understanding of language, which showed the vital importance of maintaining the rituals and traditions of everyday life.

Artists featured include Vera Frenkel, Donna James, Zacharias Kunuk, Women’s Video Workshop, Robert Fones, Ken Lum, Tatsuo Miyajima, and Janet Cardiff.


About Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit contemporary art museum located 30 km west of Toronto. Housed in two spaces—one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville, and another in a lakeside mansion and park—Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art museums, driven by a belief in the singular power of art and artists to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities and move us toward a better world.

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.

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
120 Navy Street, Oakville

Oakville Galleries is currently closed in accordance with local government restrictions. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Galleries when we reopen.

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Images (from top to bottom): (1) Susan Dobson, Home Invasion: Lots 7–11, 1998/1999, cibachrome print. Collection of Oakville Galleries, purchased with the support of the Corporation of the Town of Oakville and the Edna Powers Memorial Fund, 2002. (2) Ken Lum, What is it Daddy?, 1994, colour print, lacquer and enamel. Collection of Oakville Galleries, purchased with the support of the Oakville Galleries Volunteer Association, the Corporation of the Town of Oakville and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, 1994.