• LivingArts Hamilton Symposium 2015

    July 29, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    By: Tanya Goncalves

    There's been a lot of buzz in the air at the office lately, everyone is chatting about the symposium we are planning for the up coming fall. The LivingArts Hamilton Symposium will be happening October 23rd to the 25th, 2015. The symposium brings together artists and arts professionals to exchange ideas about the everyday realities of being an artist. The symposium includes lectures, panel discussions, workshops and knowledge-sharing for the professional development of artists and arts workers in Hamilton. The entire symposium will take place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH), and will begin with an opening reception featuring a series of visual artistic works by local artists, and a musical performance. 

    The opening reception will be showcasing the work of Westin Nguyen, a GTA based cinematographer and photographer who's work explores a series of different dynamics between artists and professionals, cities and landscapes, food and food production, to animals and wildlife. 

    The work of local Hamilton artist Ariel Bader-Shamai will also be showcased. Ariel's work consists of  hauntingly beautiful photographs, and often Ariel integrates stitching and needle work into her pieces. 

    The work of Ailish Corbett will also be showcased at the AGH. Ailish's visual works incorporates unique aspects that reflect aquatic life and dreams, while some of her more contemporary works explore electroacoustics and DIY electronics. 

    Be sure to stay tuned for more details about the Symposium by following our Facebook page here:








  • Art, Obviously!

    July 27, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    By: Tanya Goncalves

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ailish Corbett in my first year of University at McMaster. At the time I was taking an art history class, and it was the first day of my undergraduate. The class was in one of the original buildings at McMaster University, Hamilton Hall, which for those of you who are unfamiliar is a breathtaking building with gothic accents and beautiful detailing - literally a work of art and piece of history on its own. The building was perfect to hold a first year art history course. I remember walking into the class that first day. People were chatting and there was an excited energy in the air. I sat down in the third row, and of course being myself, I began to strike up a conversation with the people sitting next to me. To my disappointment, they were a bit too focused on staying focused, and did not want to chat. That's when I heard a woman behind me talking just as much I do, so naturally I turned around and said hello. I was greeted with a big smile, and she said: "I'm Ailish, Hi."

    From that day onward Ailish and I remained good friends, we have watched our art practices grow throughout the years, and we continually supported each other. Ailish was in the fine arts program, and she was studying Studio Arts, and I was in the Multimedia and Communications program. Ailish and I even studied and worked in the same building throughout our undergraduate degree. As Ailish was painting in the studio and exploring new artistic works, I was just above her on the second floor working in a recording studio and exploring my interests in live coding.

    Something I always admired about Ailish was her exasperated curiosity for electronics and tech. "I wish I could do what you do! You're so good with computers!" she often said to me, and I would respond with "you can!". Ailish was very taken by the art of live coding, and I introduced her to the practice early on in our friendship. I encouraged her to explore tech, electroacoustics, and all forms of programming art. Ailish encouraged me to pick up a paint brush and continue to work on my many unfinished canvases. So that's exactly what we did, we helped eachother and we respected each others art practice, but most importantly we continually encouraged each other to keep working. Many times we even worked on projects together, combining classical and non-classical forms. By the time our final year of undergraduate came along, I saw Ailish explore electroacoustics and DIY electronics, something completely foreign to her just years earlier. Thanks to Ailish I began to take a greater interest in the visual esthetics of my live coding performances, and thought of new ways to create code to be visually appealing and entertaining for audiences. 

    Over the past year Ailish has began to integrate her classical music training into her visual art practice. She was curious to diverge from her classical training and explore new genres of music and non-classical forms. I remember asking Ailish what the meaning of life was, and she said "art, obviously!" Ever since then, that quote has always resonated with me and has influenced my own art practice. Ailish is going to be exhibiting her work at the LivingArts Hamilton Symposium this fall at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, be sure to check out her wonderful works.

  • Helping Others Hang

    July 21, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    By: Tanya Goncalves

    If you think you're the know it all of Art Crawl and Supercrawl, and you boast about knowing every gallery on James Street, and if you haven't been into the little gallery and studio at 141 Catherine St North, than you truly are missing out. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of James Street, but just close enough to keep things interesting, the Gooderham  Gallery and Fine Art Studio is a gem in the city. 

    Since I'm getting ready to move into Hamilton within the next month, I've been scavenging the city to find places to be my zones of zen, and I definitely found it at the Gooderham Gallery. Run and owned by Eva Ivanov, this little gallery and studio has a bit of everything, beautiful water colour works, breathtaking stain glass, acrylics, oils, sculpture and more. I had the pleasure to sit down with Eva and her two lovely dogs, while sipping on some coffee and admiring her back-yard. We spent a lot of time discussing the importance of art, art culture, and how to balance a job and an artistic career. Eva invited me to visit her gallery as a meeting to discuss her involvement in Hamilton's Culture Days.

    Culture Days will be running in Hamilton on September 25th, 26th and 27th. It's a rather new initiative within Hamilton, and part of a nation wide project to get communities involved in the arts, culture and heritage. As a way to encourage communities to come out to events, the entire festival must be free for the public to attend. Eva has been heavily involved within the Hamilton arts community and her goal is to "help others hang," she is interested in helping visual artists get their works out and about in Hamilton. Most importantly, Eva is interested in bringing different community members into the arts by encouraging them to get out of their comfort zone and into artistic galleries.

    Eva's studio is free to enter and is opened practically everyday, so if you happen to be headed down Catherine St North and see the "open" sign outside, than I encourage you to stop in and say hello, you definitely wont regret it!

    Check out Eva's work here:

  • Live Coding and How It Found Me

    July 14, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    By: Tanya Goncalves

    When people ask me about my art practice they often get a bit confused. So I simplify it by telling them that I program and code music. I write musical algorithms using a specific coding language in order to produce musical orchestrations of sound. I literally write out computer code that makes music using only my laptop and a loud speaker.

    I consider live coding a new art form, not many people are aware of it, but we have our own little niche of insider nerds, programmers, musicians, and odd balls like myself who may partake in the art practice of live coding or are big fans of it in some way. I never really knew where I fit in the art world, but I knew that art was always what I loved to do. I was never exactly a musician, my parents put me in piano lessons as a child for two years, but I wanted to learn guitar. I quit fairly early, at age 10, and I expressed my hatred for the piano for years to come. At 16 I bought my own guitar and learned by ear. At the age of 18 I stopped playing guitar because university took over most of my time.

    It was in my first year of university however, that I was exposed to the practice of live coding by a professor. He spoke to the class about an orchestra he ran at the university, but this was no classical orchestra, it was a laptop orchestra! What is a laptop orchestra you may ask? Well, laptop orchestras live code music together and perform live coded music together as an ensemble. Think about a classical orchestra: now replace every musician's sheet music and instrument with a laptop and loudspeaker - there you have it! This laptop orchestra did not make anything close to classical sounding music. They blew my socks off with glitchy sine wave oscillators, beats, and textured sounds I never even heard of before. When I joined the orchestra (literally days after I heard about them) I was totally lost, having no programming or musical background whatsoever. In my first few sessions with the orchestra I sat in a chair and watched this group of amazing people do only what I could admire from far away. They called themselves the "Cybernetic Orchestra," a name that seemed to be straight out of a cyber punk comic book.

    What started as a challenge grew to be a love, and I stayed and worked with the orchestra for four years throughout my undergraduate in university. Now going into grad school in the fall, not only am I pursuing live coding as my field of interest and study, I am also actively performing throughout the GTA. I guess my word of wisdom is never to be afraid of something you may not understand right away. You might be surprised and have it grow to consume your life one day!

    Check out the Cybernetic Orchestra here:

  • Did You Just Profile Me? The How Part 3

    June 11, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    Well, we've done it. As the end of my Co-Op with the Hamilton Arts Council approaches, so does my informative blog posts about the importance of Member Profiles. But before I go there is just one  more thing I have to talk about: posting your work to the Member Gallery.

    The Gallery link directly under upcoming Events is a very quick and easy way to showcase some of your most memorable and stunning work. It doesn't have to be visual art either. You can have audio or video in your Gallery. Putting some of your work up on your profile is easy, just click 'Add Gallery Item' at the top of the page (see below) and then just select the type of media you would like to upload. 


    Follow the prompts from whichever option you have clicked and then hit save; you're done! Many of our member artists have uploaded Soundcloud items along with YouTube videos in addition to photographs and images. It makes for a great way to showcase your work no matter what medium you're into.

    I hope this series of posts have helped all of you. It was certainly a pleasure to bring this series to you over the blog and I hope you've all learned something that will benefit the growth and development of your organization. Thank you so much for reading!

    If you have any more questions on how to set up or use your Profile as a member of the Hamilton Arts Council the staff are always willing to answer your questions so contact them at info@hamiltonartscouncil or call 905.481.3218