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AGH Talks

In Discussion: Canadian Women Artists and the Art World (May 26)


In Discussion: An Evening with Suzy Lake (June 8)


In Discussion: Thoughts on Collecting The Group of Seven (July 21)


Historic Walking Tour: In George Hamilton's Footsteps (June 11)


Contemporary Artist Talk: Catherine Heard (June 23)


AGH Groups

AGH Reads Book Club (May 14, May 26, June 11, June 30, July 14)

Youth Council
(Fridays May 6, June 3, August 5)



AGH Classes

Travelling with your Sketchbook (April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 15)
Pastels (April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 15)


Intro to Watercolour with Brian McPhee (May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26)


Learning from the Masters: The Canadian Landscape (May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26 )

Painting Uncorked (Apr 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26)




Special Events


Fashionably Late Gala After Party (May 28)

Photophobia 10 (June 4 & June 23)

Monthly James Street North Art Crawl at the AGH Design Annex (June 10)

Summer 2016 Exhibition Opening (June 16)
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)


Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event (June 23)



Performance at the AGH Design Annex


ART CRAWL: THE SNEAK (June 10)

SOMETHING ELSE MUSIC FESTIVAL (June 17-19)

ART CRAWL: A Taste of Fringe (July 8)

ART CRAWL: Summer Singalong (August 1)




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AGH Talks

In Discussion Summer Talks

Our summer season is rich in Canadian Art. Please join us for three evenings of lively and thought-provoking discussion.

Canadian Women Artists and the Art World
Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.

The Artist Herself is the first historical exhibition to explore female self-portraiture in Canada. Is this a long time coming or a sign of where things currently stand? Join AGH curator Tobi Bruce and Alicia Boutilier (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University) as they lead a discussion about the challenges and triumphs of organizing the exhibition and state of curating women artists today.

An Evening with Suzy Lake
Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.

As a complement to The Artist Herself, the AGH is proud to present an evening with Governor General Award-winning artist Suzy Lake in conversation with Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and co-curator of Introducing Suzy Lake. As an artist who has explored representations of self over the course of her extensive and multi-faceted career, Lake will share her insights into her insights into portraiture, identity and self-representation.

Thoughts on Collecting The Group of Seven
Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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.

All three 'In Discussion' Talks: AGH Members: $20 | Non-Members: $28

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

Registration for AGH Talks:
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as seating is limited.
Please pre-purchase your tickets.

 

Historic Walking Tour: In George Hamilton's Footsteps
Saturday, June 11 at 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join historian and AGH Docent Bill Manson and AGH docent Ann 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

Registration for AGH Talks:
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as spaces are limited.
Please pre-purchase your tickets.

 

Contemporary Artist Talk: Catherine Heard
Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Catherine Heard has worked closely with medical equipment and technologies in her current multi-media exhibition. In a very special presentation which opens the 10th Photophobia event, you will see and hear about the project. Cash bar.

Exhibition Tour with Catherine Heard: 7:30 pm
Artist Talk: 8:00 pm
Reception with the artist: 8:45 pm 
Photophobia screening at Sundown: 9:30 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden (In the event of rain, screenings will move indoors)

Free Admission

 

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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

AGH READS Book Club

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.

Meetings held at the AGH on the last Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m., and at the HPL Central Branch on the first Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

Thursdays: May 26, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the AGH

Saturdays: May 14, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the HPL Central Branch

May 14: Kleewyck by Emily Carr

May 26: The Goldfinch

July 14: Defiant Spirits by Ross King

June 11: The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmond DeWaal

 

AGH Members: FREE | Non-Members: FREE

RSVP recommended as spaces are limited.

AGH READS Book Club Partner:

 

 

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.

Fridays May 6, June 3, August 5
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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




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AGH Classes

At the Art Gallery of Hamilton:

Studios in art-making provide opportunities to learn about art techniques and materials, the theory of colour, composition and design, and also promote creative thinking and problem solving. Participants are encouraged to find their own unique style and interests in each class, and our professional Artist-instructors will guide each person through their work. All materials and equipment are provided for every class, and each program is designed to support beginners as well as those with some experience. Why not try your hand at something new today?

Travelling with your Sketchbook with artist Ann Manson
Sundays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 15
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration closed.


Pastels with artist Clarence Porter
Sundays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 15
1:30 to 4:00 p.m.


Registration closed.

Intro to Watercolour with Brian McPhee
Sundays: May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26 (5 weeks for spring session)
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn the basics and have some fun with watercolours. This class will look at technique, composition and colour choice. All materials provided.

Learning from the Masters: The Canadian Landscape with Diana Gordon
Sundays: May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 26 (5 weeks for spring session)
1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven, this class will investigate the techniques employed by some of Canada's best-loved painters.  Participants should plan to bring images of a favourite place as your starting point.  All materials provided.

AGH Members $85 | Non-Members $100 (per 5-week class)

Pre-registration is required, as spaces are limited.
Minimum registration applies to all 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.

Painting Uncorked
Fridays: April 29 (SOLD OUT), May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

One of our most popular programs! Spaces are limited. Please register early! Cash Bar.

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



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

Registration for Painting Uncorked:
Pre-registration is required, as spaces are limited.
Minimum registration applies to all classes.

  • 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


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Special Events

 

Doors Open Hamilton
Saturday, May 7 - Sunday, May 8

Be sure to visit the AGH during Hamilton's Doors Open celebration. There will be talks and tours all weekend, and four brand new second-floor exhibitions. Activities and admission to Gallery Two are free all weekend.


Talk: Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
Hamilton’s Hamilton
To commemorate the founding of Hamilton in 1816, Bill Manson, historian and AGH docent, will present Hamilton's Hamilton -- the intriguing story of Hamilton's founder George Hamilton, and the story of the frontier town he founded.

Tour: Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Saga of a City: Hamilton at 200 Years
Armed with the story of Hamilton’s founding, tour the exhibition, co-curated by Bill Manson and Devin Therien.

Tour: Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. -
Collection Classics, Staging Abstraction, Evolution of Form
See the newest collection-based exhibitions and learn more about some of the significant holdings from the AGH Vault.


Fashionably Late After Party - An AGH Gala Experience

Saturday May 28th, 2016 | 9:00pm | The Art Gallery of Hamilton

No one likes to be the first one at the party, so this year make your appearance at the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Annual Gala Fashionably Late. Arrive after dinner, but just in time to sample the open bar and dessert tables, peruse the silent auction, and enjoy a performance by Juno award winning vocalist Diana Panton. Close out the night socializing with new friends and dancing to the beats of DJ Donna Lovejoy.

AGH Members $90 | Non-Members $100| Ticket and CLiC membership $150

Purchase Tickets online, or contact Eryn Molnar eryn@artgalleryofhamilton.com , 905-527-6610 ext. 241




Photophobia 10

Between 1999 and 2007 the AGH hosted this consistently popular outdoor film screening of rarely seen, boundary-pushing short-format film, video, and media works in its back courtyard. It became the city's first ongoing festival devoted to experimental time-based media; it routinely drew over five hundred spectators and featured work from an array of notable artists from across and beyond Canada, including Dana Claxton, Adad Hannah, David Hoffos, Su Rynard, and many more. This year the Gallery has re-united with Hamilton Artists Inc. in order to bring a much overdue tenth incarnation of the event. The festival will feature a survey of short-format media, a feature length Canadian work, as well as artist's talks and performances prior to the screenings. As it was when it began, Photophobia 10 will be free to the public.

Screening #1: Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 pm
Hamilton Artists Inc. - ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard (in the event of rain, screening will move to June 18 at 9:30pm)
155 James St. N., Hamilton

Screening #2: Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton - Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden
Exhibition Tour with Catherine Heard:7:30 pm
Artist Talk: 8:00 pm
Reception with the artist: 8:45 pm 
Photophobia screening at Sundown: 9:30 pm



Free Admission (Donations welcome)

 


 

Summer 2016 Exhibition Opening
Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The opening of our summer season presents an exciting new offering of exhibitions to
enjoy!

 

 

The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Women Artists

Imaging Phantoms: Catherine Heard

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Kreighoff to the Group of Seven

Member Exclusive: Special to our Members will be exclusive Pop-Up Exhibition Talks from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join AGH curators and artists to hear more about the exhibitions prior to our public opening reception. No pre-registration is required.

 

 



AGH Family Picnic: Love Your Landscape
Sunday, July 24 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

In one of our biggest events for families, and visitors of all ages, the gallery’s annual summer picnic is an opportunity to explore art, culture, more.

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, special guests Royal Botanical Gardens, Environment Hamilton, the Hamilton Public Library, a free BBQ lunch and more! A full event schedule will be available at www.artgalleryofhamilton in early July.

In the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden

Free Admission | Rain or Shine!

Free admission thanks to our generous sponsors:

      

Partners:


 

Afternoon Tea at the Horse and Train Bistro!
Every Sunday

Horse and Train Bistro cordially invites you to Afternoon Tea at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Served in the traditional English style, Afternoon Tea features delectable loose leaf teas, sandwiches, pastries and petits fours, tea biscuits with clotted 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 at the AGH. 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: May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17





Members Only Events

New Member Tour and Shopping Event
Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 pm

New Members are invited to bring a friend on a special tour of The Artist Herself. 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

 

 

   

 

 

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Performance
At the AGH Design Annex, 118 James Street North


FETISH: presented by Sector N (John Gerana, Edgardo Moreno, and Peter Riddihough)
Thursday, May 12 at 8 pm
Here is an exciting opportunity to see a work in development.  The AGH is proud to support dance artist John Gerana, musician and sound artist Edgardo Moreno, and visual artist Peter Riddiough as they stage a collaborative work that is part dance performance, one part art installation, and one part immersive sound collage.  Fetish is a meditation on the relationship between the body and the rituals and gestures that inform acts of spiritual devotion.  This performance will be complemented by a short music performance and a film.

Admission: $10 or PWYC
Tickets available at the door

ART CRAWL: Xavier Charles / Eric Normand and Guests
Friday, May 13 at 7 pm
Presented in partnership with Something Else! Creative Music Series, the AGH welcomes this renowned French Clarinetist and Quebecois bassist and banjoist for an evening of improvised exploratory music. A perfect way to introduce yourself to this thrilling contemporary genre. Special Guests: Newman/Ng/Segger and the Sean Dowhaniuk Quartet.

Free Admission (Donations welcome)

ART CRAWL: THE SNEAK
Friday, June 10 at 7 pm and 9 pm
The Sneak is a three-part program of dance and dance-theatre/storytelling that offers audiences short ‘sneak peaks’ at a variety of approaches to creating contemporary dance performance. Three dancer-choreographers, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Lucy Rupert and Angela Blumberg performing with dancer Jillian Peever, bring their work to the audience with transparency, authenticity and playfulness.

Admission: AGH Members $10 | Non-Members $15
Tickets available at the door

SOMETHING ELSE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19
This annual creative music festival will occupy two spaces in the downtown core: afternoon shows and workshops will occur at the AGH Design Annex, evening concerts at the Artword Artbar. Contemporary and avante garde music troupes and musicians from San Francisco, Montreal, Amsterdam, Hamilton, and elsewhere for this event. Please visit www.zulapresents.org for complete event details.

ART CRAWL: A Taste of Fringe
Friday, July 8 at 7 pm
Join some of the performers of the 13th annual Hamilton Fringe Festival (July 14-24), as they offer a sneak peak 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 7 pm
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)