What We Do

The Hamilton Arts Council is the central hub for creating new partnerships among individual artists, organizations, and businesses in our region. Our membership represents a variety of creative disciplines including visual arts, fine craft, theatre, dance, music, and literary arts.

The arts are a vital part of the culture and economy of our city and, as registered charitable arts organization since 1973, the Hamilton Arts Council plays a vital role in strengthening Hamilton's arts and culture communities by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community.

The Hamilton Arts Council is currently engaged in the following community initiatives:

I AM AN ARTIST

Profiles artists in Hamilton and calls attention to their contributions on our new micro-site, public art banners on King William Street and the use of the #iamanarist hashtag on social media.

HAMILTON ARTS WEEK

Hamilton Arts Week is an annual civic celebration of art and culture that takes place June 2 - 8, 2018. 

ART BUS STUDIO TOURS

Bi-Monthly studio, gallery and featured exhibition tours of in the Hamilton region and beyond.

COTTON FACTORY ARTIST RESIDENCY

A 3-month rotating artist residency at The Cotton Factory offering artists an opportunity to build their practice.

EUROPEAN ARTIST RESIDENCY

A 4-week artist residency in studios provided by the Estonian Artists Association in Tallinn, Estonia.

ANNUAL CULTURE GUIDE

The Culture Guide is distributed for free to the general public and connects audiences across the region with artists, venues and events in Hamilton's culture scene.

HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS

2018 will mark the 25th year of the Hamilton Literary Awards which recognizes outstanding published works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

BUILDING CULTURAL LEGACIES

This project will capture and disseminate stories about the history of the visual arts in Hamilton, through a collective memory approach.

ECHO ARTIST TALKS

The Echo Artist Talks series programs locally and nationally recognized artists exhibiting in the area to give talk-back sessions on their process and their work.

Interested in getting involved with the Hamilton Arts Council, we are always on the lookout for volunteer Arts and Cultural Ambassadors to help us with events and activities. Email enquiries to ned@hamiltonartscouncil.ca