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AGH Talks

Realism, Danby and Canadian Mythology (Dec 1)


Songwriter Showcase & Seasonal Singalong (Dec 9)

Adult Studios & Courses

Painting Uncorked (Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, April 28)
Festive Craft Making (Dec 2)
Family Workshop (Dec 17)

AGH Groups

Youth Council
(Dec 2)

AGH Reads Three new clubs this this season!

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 Talks

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

Ken Danby, Charter 1978

Ken Danby’s work can evoke a specific blend of nostalgia and nationalism. Join a panel of distinguished 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.

Speakers Panel

Terry Odette, Filmmaker
Award winning Filmmaker Terrance Odette’s films have all played to critical acclaim, (Variety, Village Voice, Globe & Mail, and garnered awards with screenings (Sundance, Berlin, TIFF, VIFF, BFI London Film Festival) He continues work in television, directing (Emmy award: Annedroids). His fourth feature “FALL” (Michael Murphy - Manhattan, and Suzanne Clement - Mommy) received 5 CSA Nominations including Best Picture and a DGC nomination for BEST DIRECTOR. Odette’s next feature film OLD PUNKER is set for production in early 2017.





Michael Glassbourg, Film Instructor
Michael was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is known for his work on Introducing... Janet (1981), Listen to the City (1984) and The Shaman's Source (1990). He co-authored the book "Learn to Speak Film: A Guide to Creating, Promoting and Screening Your Movies in 2013. He is currently an instructor at Humber College in the Film Department.



Sean Danby, Filmmaker - Last minute cancellation.
Sean is an accomplished editor and director of commercials, music videos and corporate media. Sean has extensive experience in the creation and production of visual content for multiple viewing platforms. He has worked with clients such as; Global TV, The Body Shop, Sony Music Canada and Scotiabank. Furthermore, Sean is the eldest son of Ken Danby.




Greg McKee, Printmaker & Ken Danby's Studio Manager
Greg McKee is an artist and craftsman. He has a BFA from the University of Guelph and worked for Ken Danby as master printmaker, studio technician and manager from 1979 until Danby's death in 2007. During that time he assisted Danby in the production of his serigraphs as well as in the preparation of canvases, photography, framing, shipping, planning exhibitions and managing the collection.






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





Songwriter Showcase & Seasonal Singalong!
Friday, December 9,7pm
AGH Annex, 118 James street North. (directions)

It’s time for an Art Crawl singalong and concert led by the incomparable Treasa Levasseur! Covering everything you need and want this time of year, songs for the season, songs for peace, songs for Leonard Cohen. The evening will begin with a special songwriter’s showcase with the graduates of Lori Yates' Creative Genius Songwriting Workshop #15. All ages and everyone welcome. Cash bar.

Songwriter Showcase: 7pm
Seasonal Singalong: 8pm

Free Admission




AGH Classes


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

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. Jacksin, Winter Quebec 1926.

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

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



Festive Craft Making
Friday, December 2, 7pm
Emerge presents an evening of holiday crafts, festive cocktails, exhibition tours and entertainment!

Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery, AGH
EMERGE Members $15 | Non Members $20

Not an EMERGE Member yet? Join today!







AGH Groups

AGH Youth Council
Next Meeting: Friday, December 2, 4-6pm

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
Email us to RSVP and 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.

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.

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.

December 14: Saints Unexpected by Brent Van Staalduinen (set in Hamilton)

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



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: December 21

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.

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