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Special Events
AGH Family Picnic: Love Your Landscape (July 24)
Afternoon Tea at the Horse and Train Bistro (Every Sunday)
Seniors Discount Shopping Day (Third Wednesday of the month)
Monthly James Street North Art Crawl at the AGH Design Annex (August 1)

AGH Talks

In Discussion: Thoughts on Collecting The Group of Seven (July 21)
Historic Walking Tour: In George Hamilton's Footsteps (Sept 11)

Performance | AGH Design Annex

ART CRAWL: Summer Singalong (August 1)

AGH Groups

AGH Reads Book Club (July 14)
Youth Council
(Fridays May 6, June 3, August 5)

AGH Classes

Painting Uncorked (July 29, August 26)

Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event (November 10-12)

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Special Events


AGH Family Picnic: Love Your Landscape

Sunday, July 24 | 11am - 4pm

In honour of the AGH exhibition Embracing Canada: Canadian Landscapes from Kreighoff to the Group of Seven, this year’s event will focus on the topic of environmental stewardship, particularly as it relates to Hamilton’s escarpment and greenspaces. Join us for a full day of activities including art-making, music, performances, special guests, give-aways, tours, pop-up talks, free BBQ lunch and more!

Visit our friends in the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden | 11am - 3pm
Environment Hamilton
Hamilton Public Library
Manorun Farms
Mustard Seed Coop
Parks Canada
Royal Botanical Gardens
Via Rail

Lunch (while supplies last) | 11:30am - 3pm
Get your lunch tickets from our volunteers when you enter the Sculpture Garden. Tickets are timed, and we request one ticket per person only please. Water bottle filling station available.

Hands-On Art Making | 11:30am - 2:30pm
Neighbourhood Mapping Project (Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery, Lower Level)
Insect Hotel Workshop (Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden)

Pop-Up Talks
11:45pm Environment Hamilton: Preserving the Greenbelt
12:15 Storytime with Parka the Beaver
12:45pm RBG Neighbourhood Watch: Discover the Life Outside Your Door
1:45pm Hamilton Public Library: Gisela Sherman, author of The Farmerettes

Exhibition Tours
Family-friendly Tours of Embracing Canada and The Artist Herself. Meet at the Tour Sign in the Lobby
12:00 - 12:45
1:00 - 1:45

Musical Performances | 3pm - 4pm (in the Tanenbaum Pavilion)
Parka with Joel Anthony Forget
Dave Gould
The Wild Blueberry Band

More Fun to look for:
AGH Gallery Kit (available at the AGH Programs and Education Table)
AGH Exhibition Scavenger Hunt (available at the AGH Programs and Education Table)
Skink on the Brink Storywalk, presented by Hamilton Public Library, starts in the main lobby

Free admission thanks to our generous sponsors!





AGH Talks

Thoughts on Collecting The Group of Seven
Thursday, July 21 at 7pm
With Charles C. Hill, former Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada

Embracing Canada presents work from the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery together with paintings from an extraordinary private collection that is particularly rich in Group of Seven holdings. Join curator Charles C. Hill as he discusses how collecting can follow known and unknown paths.

Individual Talks: AGH Members: $8 | Non-Members: $12

Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended, as seating is limited.

Historic Walking Tour: In George Hamilton's Footsteps

Sunday, September 11 | 9:15am - 12:30pm

Join historian and AGH Docent Bill Manson for a fascinating journey back in time to 1816 when Hamilton was founded. Meet its founder George Hamilton, explore the town he founded, and enjoy a period luncheon that George himself would have appreciated.

Gather at AGH at 9:15 am for light refreshments and an illustrated talk, followed by a tour of Saga of a City: Hamilton at 200 Years, an exhibition celebrating the founding of Hamilton. At 11:00 am, enjoy a guided walk through George Hamilton's Hamilton and end your program with an 1816-style luncheon at the George Hamilton Restaurant.

AGH Members: $35 | Non-Members: $45

Tickets must be purchased in advanced as space is limited.

  • In person at AGH Visitor Services Desk during Gallery hours
  • By phone (with credit card) at 905-527-6610, ext. 241



At the AGH Design Annex, 118 James Street North

ART CRAWL: A Taste of Fringe
Friday, July 8 at 7pm
Join some of the performers of the 13th annual Hamilton Fringe Festival (July 14-24), as they offer a sneak peek of the festival to come. A great opportunity to get tickets, meet the organizers and learn about the must-see shows.

Free Admission (Donations welcome)

ART CRAWL: Summer Singalong
Friday, August 12 at 7pm
Does Summer 2016 have an anthem? Does it need one? Join some local musical talent and bring your voices and we’ll test drive a range of hot-weather classics. Join the conversation on Facebook to make sure your summer classic is on the list.

Free Admission (Donations welcome)

AGH Groups

G.A. Reid (Canadian 1860-1947), Forbidden Fruit 1889, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of the Women’s Committee, 1960


The AGH READS Book Club, in partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, will bring the spirited conversation that takes place through shared interests and ideas to the Gallery, in this unique group that will focus on art books-both fiction and non-fiction.

NEXT Meeting: July 14th, Art Gallery of Hamilton

AGH Members: FREE | Non-Members: FREE

RSVP recommended as spaces are limited.

AGH Youth Council

If you are between 15 and 24, and have an interest in art and culture, and sharing time with your peers, you are invited to join the AGH Youth Council, an engaging group that works together with AGH staff to create youth-centred, youth-directed activities just for you. Youth Council membership is free and we ask for a one-year commitment.

Come and see what we’re all about. Bring your friends, meet some new people, make some art and enjoy some pizza.

NEXT | Friday August 5
4pm - 6pm

Please let us know you are coming! Email youth@artgalleryofhamilton.com for more information.


AGH Classes

At the AGH Design Annex:

Looking for a fun night out with friends? Want to do something creative but haven't touched a paint brush since grade school? This is the event for you. There will be drinks and snacks and there will be paint! We'll guide you through the whole process and you'll leave with a great piece of art and a new talent. Each session will be a different painting project, so try one or come to them all. No experience is needed, all materials provided and the fee includes one drink. One of our most popular programs! Spaces are limited. Please register early! Cash Bar.

Painting Uncorked
Upcoming Fridays: July 29, August 26
7pm to 9pm
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

The AGH Design Annex is located at 118 James St. N., Hamilton,
click here for directions

Next session inspiration: Emily Carr, Yan Q.C.I., 1912

AGH Members $45 | Non-Members $55 (per evening)

Advanced registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited.

  • In person at AGH Visitor Services Desk during Gallery hours or at the AGH Design Annex
  • By email at education@artgalleryofhamilton.com
  • By phone (with credit card) at 905-527-6610, ext. 272


Afternoon Tea at the Horse and Train Bistro!
Every Sunday

Served in the traditional English style, Afternoon Tea features delectable loose leaf teas, sandwiches, pastries and petits fours, tea biscuits with cream and jams, and various savoury baked goods.

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in the beautiful ambience of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Meet new friends and take the opportunity to browse the latest exhibitions. We look forward to welcoming you!

Afternoon Tea service is approximately 50 minutes per sitting.

$24.95 per person

Reservations preferred. Reservations can be made for 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm. by calling 905-527-6610 x 221 or emailing bistro@artgalleryofhamilton.com

Seniors Discount Shopping Days

Third Wednesday of the month

Seniors 65 years and older will receive a special 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise at the Shop at AGH and the Art+Design Store at the AGH Design Annex (catalogues and Art Rental + Sales excluded). The discount is also available at the Horse and Train Bistro!

AGH Members who are seniors, regardless of their Membership category, will also receive an additional 10% discount - a total savings of 20% - on Seniors Discount Shopping Days.

Upcoming Discount Days: July 20, August 17

Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event
Thursday, November 10 at 6pm

New Members are invited to bring a friend on a special tour. Afterwards enjoy a double discount of 20% off all regularly priced merchandise (excluding catalogues and Art Rental + Sales) at the Shop at AGH and also at the Horse and Train Bistro. You don't need to be a new AGH Member to attend. All AGH Members are welcome.

Please RSVP to AGH Member Services at 905.527.6610 ext. 241 or email us at memberservices@artgalleryofhamilton.com