Town commissioning outdoor public art for Trafalgar Park Community Centre

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Town commissioning outdoor public art for Trafalgar Park Community Centre
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The Town of Oakville is looking for a professional artist to create a permanent outdoor public artwork as part of the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park. The successful artist will have their work featured at the north entrance of the redeveloped facility which will be renamed the Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

“Public art is accessible to everyone and reflects the vibrancy and richness of the Oakville community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This an exciting opportunity for an artist to create a unique piece of artwork that will live on in the community for years to come.”

Professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit Expressions of Interest by June 15, 2017. During stage one of the competition, applicants will be reviewed based on the merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. In phase two shortlisted artists will be required to submit an artwork concept proposal and model.

The public art concept will be selected by an independent committee made up of visual arts professionals, community representatives and town staff. The project will be awarded in September, installed during the summer of 2018 and unveiled when the Trafalgar Park Community Centre opens to the public in September 2018.

Oakville Arena, located at 133 Rebecca Street, was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928. Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a resident-supported plan to revitalize and expand the facility while maintaining its historical features.

The project will expand the existing Oakville Arena to a 65,500 square foot community centre while retaining the arena’s wooden roof trusses. The community centre will include an NHL-size ice pad, a seniors’ centre, public meeting space, fitness centre, full-size gymnasium, and an indoor running track. Trafalgar Park will feature a fully accessible playground with a shade structure, a double tennis court that will be converted into an artificial outdoor rink in the winter, and exterior washroom facilities.


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  1. Kimberly Rideout says:

    I am a local mural artist who has lived in Oakville for over 40 years and have created murals and art commissions across Canada in teh United States and Donovan Bailey flew me to paint sevven rooms in his private Villa in Jamaica.. I have had many friends send me this post on FB believing that this opportunity was made for me.. I would be HONOURED to be considered for this opportunity… as someone who grew up in Oakville and cheered for QEP Eagles in that arena as well as over a dozen years watching my own son play there, it would be a thrill to create something that would honour this!!
    Please feel free to see my website to see some of my work…
    Warmest regards,
    Kimberly Rideout 647-898-9278

  2. Tracy Fleming says:

    I would just like to say how talented Kimberly is. She has fabulous ideas and execution of her work is more that amazing. Picking Kimberly is the right choice to make. Sincerely, Tracy Flemi g

    • Kimberly Rideout says:

      Thank you Tracy for your support…I am flattered by the number of people who have recommended me for this and reached out to me or on my behalf… very humbling.. 🙂

  3. Heather Fenton says:

    Oh my gosh, can not think of a better fit for any mural art than Kimberly Rideout. She has created so many amazing scenes from sports to cultural, nature and dreams. A longtime Oakville resident she would do a spectacular job for the Town of Oakville. The result would serve as a flagship community centre for Oakville and the design would embrace the culture, heritage, sports and nature of this wonderful town.

    • Kimberly Rideout says:

      Wow…Thank you so much for your msg here Heather…so flattered…
      I am touched by the incredible recommendations I have been getting for this amazing project! 🙂 humbling…..

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