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Adult Studios & Courses

Painting Uncorked (Mar 31, Apr 28)
Introduction to Modern Calligraphy with Jenn Lewis (Starts Mar 19)
Contemporary Drawing with Petra Zantingh (Starts Mar 19)

Special Events

Voice Will Be Voice (Mar 19)
Textile Walking Tour with Sara Angelucci (Apr 1)

AGH Annex Events, Studios & Workshops

Art Crawl
AGH Annex Reads
Crit Night (March 23)

Kickstart Your Creativity (April 29)

AGH Youth

Youth Council

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

7:00pm - 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

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, March 31
Hortense Gordon, 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

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy
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 Zantingh

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 Petra'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
Materials included.



Voice Will Be Voice

Sunday, March 19, 2pm

Zula presents, as part of Something Else! creative music series, an afternoon of instrumentality and textual healing with an exciting line-up of local musicians, poets and artists. Full details at zulapresents.org

Paul Duton / Joe Sorbara Duo Dutton's soundsinging is laced with richly textured multiphonics, univocal intervals, rasps, rumbles, honks, howls, and wheezes, supplemented here and there with unorthodox mouth-harp touches. Sorbara meanwhile maintains a kit-driven framework of thunderous rolls, pops and pulses, subtle pointillistic punctuation, rustles and thumps, sizzles and slaps, augmented by a broad range of jingling and rattling extra-curriculars

Gary Barwin / Gregory Betts / David Lee Soundwriting trio GEEBEEGEEBEEDEELEE makes music with voice, typewriters, winds, strings, computers, and words. Consisting of Giller-prize finalist meltedmedia artist Gary Barwin, experimental poet/performer Gregory Betts and master collaborator bassist David Lee, this is sound as a second English, English as a language of sound.

AGH Members / Seniors / Students: $10 | Non-Members: $15
Materials included.







The Fabric of the City: Hamilton Textile Industry and Exhibition Walking Tour

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 with Kandis Friesen starting at Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (51 Stuart Street, Hamilton)

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: April 7
4:00 - 6:00pm

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

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.

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

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.

March 8: On the Shores of Darkness There is Light by Cordelia Strube
April 19: Fifteen DogsĀ by Andre Alexis

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: 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