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Contemporary Artist Talk: Last Folio (Oct 27)
Unbuilt Hamilton (Oct 28)
Danby`s Abstraction Realism (Nov 24)
Realism, Danby and Canadian Mythology (Dec 1)


Hamilton Seven (Nov 11)
Chamber Music Hamilton (Nov 13)

Adult Studios & Courses

Painting Uncorked (Oct 28, Nov 25)
Exploring Pastels with Clarence Porter (starts Nov 6)
Watercolour: Capturing the Everyday with Brian McPhee (starts Nov 6)
NEW! Crit Nights - Launch Party (Nov 18)
Bookbinding 101 (Nov 19)
Festive Craft Making (Dec 2)
Family Workshop (Dec 17)

AGH Groups

Youth Council
(Nov 4, Dec 2)

AGH Reads Three new clubs this this season!
Jamie Tannant: Novel Debut (Oct 26)

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 Design Annex (August 12)

Members Only Events

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

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Contemporary Artist Talk: Last Folio
Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm

In 1942 a school in Eastern Slovakia was abandoned when all those in attendance were deported to concentration camps. In 2006 photographer Yuri Dojc and filmmaker Katya Krausova visited the school, where time had stopped from that day in 1942 and created a powerful film and portfolio of photographs. “The school books were there still, essay notebooks with corrections, school reports, birth certificates, school accounts, even sugar still in the kitchen cupboard…all decaying on dusty shelves, the final witnesses to a once thriving culture.” Join us for an insightful evening with Yuri Dojc, and have a moving experience with the Last Folio. Image: Yuri Dojc, Book, Bardejov, 2007.

Reception with the artist: 6:30pm
Artist Talk: 7:00 pm
Exhibition Tour with Yuri Dojc: 8:00pm

FREE Admission

Unbuilt Hamilton
Friday, October 28, 7pm

Join author Mark Osbaldeston for the official publication launch of Unbuilt Hamilton, a comprehensive chronicling of some of this city’s most audacious yet unrealized architecture. Stories from this publication (and accompanying AGH art exhibition) include alternative plans for Jackson Square, a quashed Sesquicentennial public art project, an elevated magnetic transit system, and much more. This publication is the third in a series of architectural history books by Osbaldeston, and the first to be focused on his home town. Image: John Lyle, Hamilton Northwest Entrance Competition Entry, 1928.

Reception with the author: 7pm
AuthorTalk: 7:30pm
Book Signing: 8pm

FREE Admission

Danby's Abstraction Realism
Thursday, November 24, 7pm

Ken Danby is an artist who has been celebrated and overlooked at different times in his career. In the exhibition Beyond the Crease we are reminded of the singular talent and the poignancy of the everyday moment captured in each work. Please join McMaster Museum of Art curator Ihor Holubizky in a discussion of the exhibition and repositioning realism in Canadian art. Imege: Ken Danby, At the Crease, 1972.

Lecture Series : AGH Members: $30 | Non-Members: $40
Individual Tickets: $10 | Non-Members $15

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

Realism, Danby and Canadian Mythology
Thursday, December 1, 7pm

Ken Danby’s work can evoke a specific blend of nostalgia and nationalism. Join a diverse array of celebrity speakers from a variety of creative disciplines as they try to position Danby’s contribution to the Canadian myth. This event will be complemented by a film screening. Image: Ken Danby, Charter 1978.

Lecture Series : AGH Members: $30 | Non-Members: $40
Individual Tickets: $10 | Non-Members $15

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





Chamber Music Hamilton
New Zealand String Quartet: Sunday November 13, 2
Chamber Music Hamilton is an internationally renowned presenter of world class string quartets, quintets, and trios.  Along with performing wide ranging array of classical forms, they commission and premiere new compositions. For more information, visit www.chambermusichamilton.ca

AGH Members $27 | Non-Members $30

Tickets available at the door.



Hamilton Seven
Friday, November 11, 7pm 9:30pm
Hamilton Seven is a story telling collective featuring Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, David Brennan, Marilo Nunez, Hitoko Okada, Darla Biccum, Karen Ancheta and others. They workshop and explore story telling themes through a variety of cultural and experiential lenses. This is their debut event in the city.

Held at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North
Free Admission


AGH Classes

Painting Uncorked at The Annex
Select Friday's 7pm to 9pm

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

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! Held at The Annex, 118 James street North. (directions)

Friday, October 28
Erik Gamble, Even Rule 1980

Friday, November 25

Harold Feist, Hot Blood 1987

  • 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


Exploring Pastels with Clarence Porter
Sundays: November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
10:00 - 12:30pm
AGH Members $110 | Non-Members $135

In one of our most popular classes, participants will be introduced to the basic techniques and will have opportunities to explore more advanced approaches as they progress. The class will also touch on some of the elements of colour theory, composition and design. All materials provided. Designed to support beginners as well as those with some experience.

Watercolour: Capturing the Everyday with Brian McPhee
Sundays: November 6, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18
1:30 - 4:00pm
AGH Members $110 | Non-Members $135

Inspired by the work of Ken Danby, this class will focus on composition, technique and colour in watercolour. Danby’s work includes many scenes of ordinary life, both with and without people. Using your own surroundings and photographic references, your work in this class will reveal the ordinary scenes in your life in an artistic way. This class is suited for beginners and those with more experience. All materials provided.

IN PERSON at the Visitor Services Desk or the Shop at AGH during Gallery hours
PHONE 905.527.6610, ext. 272 (with credit card)
EMAIL education@artgalleryofhamilton.com



NEW! Crit Nights Launch Party
Friday, November 18, 7 - 9:30pm
Are you an artist, writer, or performer with a creative block?  Have some new work that is just not working?  Looking for some art-school-style critical feedback? Crit Night is a new program that offers all of that. In our first event, join a panel of guest critics: artists, curators, gallerists from the region along with a few brave souls who are willing to brave public scrutiny.  Join us at the Crit Night Launch party, have a drink and see what it’s all about. Sign up to present as our Crit Night schedule starts in the New Year.

Held at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North
Free Admission

Doors open at 6:30


Bookbinding 101
Saturday, November 19, 1- 3:30pm
In this introductory workshop, participants will learn some of the basics of making books.  Handmade books make great journals, sketchbooks or gifts. All materials provided, and our tools are available for you to use. Image: Yuri Dojc, Book, Bardejov, 2007.

Held at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North
AGH Members $35 | Non Members $40
905.527.6610 ext. 241 or education@artgalleryofhamilton.com

Festive Craft Making
Saturday, December 17, 1- 3:30pm
Emerge presents an irreverent evening of holiday crafts, festive cocktails, and entertainment showcasing a host of enterprising and new community partners.

Held at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North 
CLiC Emerge Members $10 | Non-Members $12 

AGH Groups
AGH Youth Council

Fridays: October 7, November 4, December 2
4 - 6pm
Free Admission

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.


Email us for details youth@artgalleryofhamilton.com

Sponsored by the Creative Arts Fund of the:

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, brings the spirited conversation that takes place through shared interests and ideas to the Gallery. There are now three options for our AGH READS members to participate in. FREE Admission

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.

October 27: Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling
November 24: Watercolours by Adrienne Ferreira

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.

November 12: Restoration by Olafur Johann Olafsson
December 17: Requiem by Frances Itani

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.

November 9: The Captain of Kinnoull Hill by Jamie Tennant
December 14: Saints Unexpected by Brent Van Staalduinen (set in Hamilton)

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

Jamie Tennant
Wednesday, Oct 26, 7pm
Jamie Tennant is a writer and radio program director based in Hamilton. This fall he will debut a novel through Palimpsest Press, a humorous tale of a misanthrope who finds himself stranded in a supernatural and unpredictable patch of rural Scotland.

Held at the AGH Annex, 118 James Street North
Free Admission





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 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: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21

Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event

Thursday, October 27 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