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Adult Studios & Courses

Painting Uncorked (Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 28)
Ekphrastic Poetry with Bernadette Rule
(Starts Jan 22)
Still Life With Stories with Diana Gordon
(Starts Jan 22)

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Jenn Lewis (Starts Mar 19)
Contemporary Drawing with Petra Zantingh (Starts Mar 19)

Artist Talks

Haida Gwaii with Robert Davidson + Film Screening (Feb 10)
Sara Angelucci: Piece Work (Mar 9)
Textile Walking Tour with Sara Angelucci (Apr 1)

AGH Annex Events, Studios & Workshops

Art Crawl
AGH Annex Reads
Let Loose (Jan 12 & 26)
Gary Barwin: Writer's Craft
(Jan 21)
Book Launch: I Am Not A Number (Jan 25)
Hamilton Autor's Night (Feb 16)
Retro Crafts with Whitney (Feb 18)
Adult Slam Night (Mar 10)
Crit Night (March 23)

Kickstart Your Creativity (April 22)

AGH Youth

Youth Council

Portfolio Development (Starts Jan 18)
Collaborative Zines (Mar 18)

AGH Literary Events

AGH Reads
gritLIT (April 6-9)

Ongoing Events
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 Annex

Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event

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AGH Studios & Courses

Painting Uncorked at The Annex
Last Friday of every month
AGH Annex, 118 James street North

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!

Friday, January 27

A.Y. Jackson, Winter Quebec 1926.









Friday, February 24
George Braque, Nature Mort, 1926.




Friday, March 31
Gordon Hortense, Composition,1948.







Friday, April 28
J.E.H MacDonald, Rain in the Mountains, 1924.






Meet Your Instructor! Leslie Furness
With a BFA from McMaster University and B.Ed from Brock University, Leslie is an art educator with the HWDSB and a professional scenic artist for theatre, opera, film and television. Continuing to expand and refine her knowledge of painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking, Leslie brings a fresh, enthusiastic perspective to the classroom. Importance is put on the ability to integrate and adapt these artistic mediums to new narratives and collaborations with students and artists.

In person at AGH Visit or 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

AGH Members: $45 | Non-Members: $55


Ekphrastic Poetry with
Bernadette Rule

Poems based on or inspired by paintings are called Ekphrastic poems. It's a fine tradition rooted in the concept that art begets art. Join writer Bernadette Rule (Earth Day in Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson) to learn more about Ekphrastic poetry and to try it yoursel- with the AGH as your classroom! Image: Tom Thomson, Birch Grove.

Sundays: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
10:00am to 12:30pm

AGH Members: $110 | Non-Members: $135

Still Life With Stories: Objects of Personal Meaning with Diana Gordon

In this course, you are encouraged to bring in an object or two of particular
meaning to you. Through a series of exercises, we will closely observe and
explore form, texture and volume. We will experiment with different techniques
of composition, lighting, background, line and colour choice to discover how to
best visually express the personal story behind each object. A finished drawing
or painting is the goal. All levels welcomed. Image: Diana Gordon, Kitchen Tap 2005.

Sundays: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
1:30 to 4:00pm

AGH Members $110 | Non-Members $135

Introduction to Modern Calligarphy
with Jenn Lewis

Modern calligraphy is about expression, and it celebrates your own personal
style without the formality, history or rules of traditional formal lettering. This
workshop will teach you about the tools of the trade, correct posture, principal
strokes and you will learn a modern calligraphy alphabet. Then we will put
everything we learned together to create a piece of work you can take home
and be proud of. Visit quills.ca for samples of Jenn's work.

Sundays: March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30
10:00 am to 12:30pm

AGH Members: $110 | Non-Members: $135

Note: An additional $50 materials fee applies for your lettering tool kit: a pen
holder, nibs, ink and a workbook.


Contemporary Drawing
with Petra Zaningh

Drawing allows us to see through fresh eyes, gaining a new perspective; it engages us by offering more than one way to look at the world. Through short readings from John Berger, discussion, and instruction on drawing, this contemporary drawing course teaches the basics of drawing by challenging students to slow down in order to see. Visit petrazantingh.ca for samples of Jenn's work. Image: Petra Zaningh, Parc Regional de la Riviere du nord 3.

Sundays: March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

AGH Members: $110 | Non-Members: $135

Note: An additional $50 materials fee applies for your lettering tool kit: a pen
holder, nibs, ink and a workbook.

Contemporary Artist Talks

Art on the Haida Gwaii with Robert Davidson + Special Screening of: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
AGH, Jean and Fischer Ross Gallery
Friday, February 10

Artist Talk | 7:00pm

Robert Davidson, one of the nation's most eminent contemporary artists, is a member of the Tsahi Eagle Clan who was raised in the village of Masset on Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands). Fluent in painting, screen printing, wood carving, jewelry and other mediums, Davidson has been decorated with such honours as the Order of Canada and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, to name just a few.

Film Screening | 9:00pm
Canada | 2015 | Documentary | 74min | PG

At a stunning low altitude, aerial cinematography sweeps over the Haida Gwaii, a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago off the British Columbia Northwest Coast. It takes us into the geographic heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging and industrial over-fishing. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing.

Talk and Film: AGH Members $15 | Non-Members $20





Sara Angelucci: Piece Work
AGH, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion
Thursday, March 9

Sara Angelucci is a Toronto-based visual artist whose practice encompasses contemporary photography, video and audio installations, and a unique approach to history and archival materials. Angelucci will showcase this practice, and explain the impetus behind the current exhibit, including her Hamilton upbringing and her mother's experience as a Coppley Apparel seamstress. Moderated by Alana Traficante, Interim Curator of Contemporary Art.

Reception with the artist: 6:30 pm
Artist Talk: 7:00 pm
Guided Tour: 8:00 pm

FREE admission


The Fabric of the City: Hamilton Textile Industry and Exhibition Walking Tour
Starts at Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton
Saturday, April 1

10:30am - 2:00pm

This season, the AGH presents Sara Angelucci: Piece Work, focused on the garment workers of Coppley Apparel. At the same time, Hamilton's labour history museum and multidisciplinary art centre, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC) presents All or None: Garment Workers' Union Banners from the Permanent Collection (January 20 - April 22) which draws connections between the Centre's collection of historic union banners with the work of contemporary Canadian artist Kandis Friesen. To synchronize these exhibitions, WAHC and the AGH are pleased to co-host an artist-led exhibition tour at each venue, connected by a short walking tour led by WAHC staff highlighting some of the historic and remaining textile and garment manufacturing vestiges in the city's core.

10:30am Tour of Fabric of All or None the AGH
Tour of Piece Work with Sara Angelucci

AGH / WAHC Members: FREE | Non-Members: $12


AGH Youth

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. Come and see what we’re all about. Bring your friends, meet some new people, make some art and make some change. All activities are free for everyone. Free Admission

Meetings: January 13, February 3, March 3, April 7
4:00 - 6:00pm

Email us to RSVP and for details youth@artgalleryofhamilton.com


Portfolio Development

This program features different intensive studio activities which will result in a portfolio of work ideal for post-secondary applications. Activities will include life drawing, pastel drawing, acrylic painting, printmaking, and a three-dimensional activity in clay or paper mache. We offer a combination of five instructed sessions with three sessions of supported independent studio work.

Wednesdays: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8
4:00pm to 6:00pm

AGH Members $110 | Non-Members $125

Collaborative Zines
Aimed for artists 12 and older, this session explores do-it-yourself magazine making and all of the component parts that can go into it: comics, imaginative drawing, movie posters, and more. Artist Kyle Stewart will introduce this accessible and vibrant culture.

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm to 2:30pm

AGH Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40

AGH Literary Events


AGH Reads One
Last Thursday of the month at 6pm at the AGH
In this group we will explore art-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction that may use AGH exhibitions as an entry point. Selections will challenge participants to consider art from many different perspectives. This group features a variety of art-related books, covering a span of art historical periods and artists, and supported by the HPL’s Book Club Kits program.

January 26:
The Woman Who Says No by Francoise Gilotz
February 23: The Forgetting Room by Nick Bantock
March 30: Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story by Bernadette Murphy
April 27: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

AGH Reads Two
Monthly Saturdays at 2pm at the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch
This group features a variety of art-related books, covering a span of art historical periods and artists, and supported by the HPL’s Book Club Kits program. For information call 905-546-3200 x3434

January 14: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
February 11: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
March 18: The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
April 8: Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear > Includes a visit from the author!
May 13:
Madame Picasso by Kyo Maclear
June 17:
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

AGH Annex Reads

Second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the AGH Annex

The AGH READS Book Club is bringing a new chapter to the Annex featuring Canadian literature with a special focus on regional authors and settings. Come out and enjoy an evening of discussion in the heart of the arts district at the AGH Annex.

January 11: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein
February 8: The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
March 8: On the Shores of Darkness There is Light by Cordelia Strube
April 19: Canada Reads Winner - to be announced

All books are available for purchase at the AGH and/or AGH Annex.
Free Admission



gritLIT is Hamilton's annual festival of Canadian authors. Now in its 13th year,
the Festival offers readings and workshops led by the finest national, emerging,
and local talents. A great opportunity to meet your literary heroes or introduce
yourself to new literary voices. Visit gritlit.ca for full details.

Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9




Ongoing Events

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 AGH Shop and AGH Annex (excluding catalogues and Art Rental + Sales). 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: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.

Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event

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!

Next Tour: March 2, 2017

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