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Art & Culture in the Hall

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Art & Culture in the Hall is an exciting program that celebrates local talent and provides residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about the vibrancy and diversity of the City.  Located outside of Oshawa City Hall Council Chambers, this dynamic space exhibits artworks, projects and collections from artists, cultural organizations and groups in the Durham Region.

Art & Culture in the Hall rotates approximately 2 times per year.  Submissions are accepted in the Fall of each year and the jury selection takes place in December.

Important Dates

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, January 5, 2015

EXHIBITION DATES: January – May/June 2015 and June/July – January 2016

Current  Exhibition

Exhibition 2014/3a opened in October 2014 and includes artwork by Ruth Greenlaw and Richard Tang as well as collections from Oshawa Public Libraries and the “100th Year Commemoration of WW1” committee.

Ruth Greenlaw

Ruth Greenlaw earned an Honours BA in Visual Arts and has taught watercolour and pastel courses and is a member of several artists groups and galleries. Ruth’s art practice includes pastels, watercolours, etching and various drawing media. Her works in this exhibition include ink and charcoal. In some of these artworks the artist has glued several charcoal drawings together to represent the life story of a plant as it grows, matures and dies back to reappear the next spring. Ruth finds beauty in withered leaves and flowers, and the gnarled bark of mature trees, as she depicts the regeneration of plants. In their many forms plants feed us, keep us healthy and provide beauty.

Richard Tang

Richard Tang was born in Hunan, China where he taught fine arts in the Hunan Normal University before he immigrated to Canada. His works were collected by the National Museum of China,  the Canada National Park and other galleries across the world. The works of art are the artists’ perception of life, the

performance of the natural experience and the externalization of personality, whether the style is realistic or abstract, or notional. Art is a need to reflect the performance skills of the artist, which is not only the performance of the artists’ talent, but also reflects the artists’ decades of devotion to the art!

Oshawa Public Libraries

The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of library services in Oshawa. From its modest beginnings in 1864 (in) the one room at the Mechanics Institute, the Oshawa Public Libraries now proudly serves Oshawa and surrounding communities through its four branches and circulates almost 2 million items per year. The Oshawa Public Libraries takes great pride in sharing select pieces from its art collection that represents and preserves the rich history of our community.

WWI Commemorative Project: Oshawa Faithful and Ready

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a war that greatly impacted communities across Canada. When the Great War broke out in Europe Oshawa was a town of approximately 8 100 people. From the beginning of the war, until its conclusion, the town secured a total enlistment of 1500 men. Many of these soldiers participated in some of the great battles of the war, St. Julian, Vimy Ridge, Valenciens, etc. The Oshawa Community Museum has partnered with a range of organizations in the City of Oshawa, including members from the Ontario Regiment Museum, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Public Libraries, Heritage Oshawa, City of Oshawa and Trent University (Oshawa) have all come together to deliver an ambitious program to mark the centenary years of the First World War. This display was created to commemorate Oshawa’s role during World War I on the frontlines, as well as on the home front.

Art in the Hall

Past Exhibitions – Gallery

Coming Soon!


I would like to show my artwork, how do I apply?

In order to apply, individuals and organizations must submit an application that includes their biography, artist/ institutional CV, and a description of their proposed exhibition. Including supplemental material such as images of previous work or installation requirements is advised.  Applications must be submitted prior to the deadline via email at

If my application is not successful, can I re-apply?

Absolutely!  Due to spatial constraints, timing and exhibition proposals, not all applications can be accommodated each year.  Applicants are encouraged to re-submit the following year with an updated application.

What happens once I submit my application?

Once the deadline has passed, the Art & History Committee will review all applications received.  Efforts are made to ensure that the proposed exhibitions link thematically, are representative of a diverse range of mediums and styles and qualify under the program criteria (e.g. all applicants must be a resident of Durham Region).

If my application has been accepted, what happens next?

Once your application has been accepted, you will be contacted by a member of the Art & History Committee by letter/email.  Along with this confirmation letter, you will be asked to sign the “Public Art Display Agreement”.   At this time, you will be notified of your installation dates.

Art & History Committee

Linda Jasma, Chair (Curator, Robert McLaughlin Gallery)

Jennifer Lane (Administrative Assistant, City of Oshawa)

Paul J. Radoslovich (Corporate Communications Officer, City of Oshawa)

Catherine Richards (Cultural Development Coordinator, City of Oshawa)

Jerry Shestowsky (Manager, Admin & Access Services, City of Oshawa)

Laura Suchan (Director, Oshawa Community Museum)

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