Visual Arts

Archiving Unrest exhibition

On May 1, 1919, Winnipeg’s building and metal workers went on strike for higher wages. Two weeks later, the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council declared their support, with the “Hello Girls” telephone operators walking off the job. By 11 a.m., 30,000 union and non-union workers had followed. When many police sympathized with the strikers, they were fired and replaced with 1,800 “Specials” armed with baseball bats, and paid for by the business community. On June 21, “Bloody Saturday,” in a clash that killed two and injured over 30, the strike was crushed.

Exhibition Dates: May 10 to August 24, 2019
Open: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: May 10, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

Through video, installation and text-based works, Michael DiRisio’s exhibition Archiving Unrest will reflect on collective action while questioning the nature of collectivity itself. Timed to commemorate the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike, this project will also reflect on the massive strike wave that spread across Canada that year; a movement that was driven by participants striving for significant and substantial social change.

For more info on Michael DiRisio:

Reading Groups

A large, modular structure in the exhibition will house and display books about groups and gatherings where artists, academics and community groups will come together to read, meet and discuss. The Reading Groups dates are May 11 and 18 at 2 pm; June 8 and 15 at 2 pm; July 13 at 2 pm and 17 at 7 pm; Aug 10 at 2 pm and 14 at 7 pm.

Artists’ Dialogue: A dialogue between artist Michael DiRisio and Dylan Miner, centred around the question of the role arts institutions play in critical mass uprisings and civil unrest, such as the Winnipeg General Strike will take place on June 14 at 7 pm.

All events take place at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton.

Friday, May 10, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, August 24, 2019 (All day)
Workers Art and Heritage Centre, Hamilton

Constructed Identities: Persimmon Blackbridge

Persimmon Blackbridge has worked as a sculptor, writer, curator, performer, fiction editor, cleaning lady and server. In this fully accessible exhibition, she uses hand-crafted wood figures, metal and found objects to confront and complicate notions of disability.

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Ferro-Grumley Fiction Prize, the VanCity Book Prize, the VIVA award for visual arts and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award, Blackbridge’s art has been shown across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia, Europe, and Hong Kong. She lives on Hornby Island in British Columbia.

Constructed Identities was the opening exhibition of Tangled Art Gallery in 2015 and has been touring multiple Ontario cities since, most recently at the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Tangled is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities and boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it.

The exhibit will include a number of artist and curatorial talks and discussions of related disability issues. Details to follow.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, March 30, 2019 (All day)
L.R. Wilson Hall, McMaster University main campus

One Day Workshop- Gemstone Chain Bracelet

In this one day workshop you will develop the skills to create a gemstone chain bracelet. Gemstones and Silver materials are included and you have the option to create your own designs. You will work directly with a goldsmith and there's no experience necessary! 

This course price is $95 per person. The workshop is held in the Waterdown Goldsmith studio. There is plenty of free parking directly behind our building. 

Please call (905) 689-5222 or stop by the studio to sign up for the course. Our studio hold up to 6 students per class so space is limited. Please see our Facebook page or website for more details. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
Waterdown Goldsmith 9 Mill st. S. Waterdown, ON

Wax Carving Workshop

Learn the technique of carving wax into different shapes and design whole pieces of jewellery in wax. The waxes then go through a casting production to create your unique jewellery piece. Students can make multiple projects during the course and all metals are available for purchase. This course is suitable for beginner or advanced students.

Prerequisite: NONE

This course price is $235 per person. 

This course will run for five (5) weeks starting Jan 9th from 9:00 to 11:30am. The courses are in the Waterdown Goldsmith studio. There is plenty of free parking directly behind our building.

Please call (905) 689-5222 or stop by the studio to sign up for the course. Our studio hold up to 6 students per class so space is limited.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 09:00 to 11:30
Waterdown Goldsmith- 9 Mill st. S, Waterdown, ON

Level 1: Basic Jewellery Making Techniques

In the beginners course you will learn in-depth knowledge of the basic jewelry making techniques. Learn how to use tools to cut, texture, file, solder, drill, sand and polish. Brass and copper are included in the course cost. Other metals are available for purchase as well. You will be guided and given examples as well as bench-time to fully grasp the knowledge. The techniques and direction provided will give you a solid foundation to set you on your path with confidence. Learn how to recognize quality craftsmanship in the pieces you currently own or want to buy. 

This course price is $235 per person. This course will run for five (5) weeks starting Jan 8th from 6:00 to 8:30pm. The courses are in the Waterdown Goldsmith studio. There is plenty of free parking directly behind our building. 

Please call (905) 689-5222 or stop by the studio to sign up for the course. Our studio hold up to 6 students per class so space is limited.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:30
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:30
9 mill st s., Waterdown, ON

Artist Talk and Open House feat. Peeter Laurits [Hamilton Arts Council / Cotton Factory]



Peeter Laurits joins the Hamilton Arts Council from Tallinn, Estonia for the month of November as part of the European Artist Residency. Join us for an intimate evening of discussion about his work and experience exhibiting around the world. Laurits studied history, philosophy, literature and arts in Tartu, Tallinn and Leningrad Universities and New York International Center of Photography. He has been exhibiting his works internationally since 1990. His work has appeared at the Roy Boyd Gallery / Chicago, The Living Art Museum / Reykjavik, Museu d'Agua / Lisbon, The Ragged School Gallery / London, Giedre Bartelt Gallery / Berlin, Pavlov Media Lab / Groningen, FotoLoft / Moscow and many others. His works appear in many private and public collections around the world. He has also created many monumental works for public space.

WHEN: November 01, 2018; Start 7 PM to 9 PM
WHERE: The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton ON. 
TX: FREE admission; Please RSVP Ned Currie at

Sponsored by The Cotton Factory in partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council and the Estonian Artist Union

For information about Peeter's Work visit Here

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave North, Hamilton, ON, L8L 6N4


Exhibition by Danielle Roberts (Nov. 9-30, 2018)

Danielle Roberts’ solo exhibition Latent Echo opens at HAVN. Latent Echo is a solo exhibition of new paintings of public spaces at night. “I am curious about painting public spaces that rely on nostalgia and self referential ideas to engage the public”.

Danielle Roberts is a painter from British Columbia newly arrived in Hamilton. This exhibition features work created during her summer/fall residency with The Hamilton Arts Council at The Cotton Factory. The production and exhibition of this series of paintings is funded by “The Dean Collection 20 St(Art) Up” grants from Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. Latent Echo is part of the ongoing "Dean Collection 20 St(Art) Up” grant competition.

Latent Echo explores constructed environments that direct certain behaviours and values onto participants. “I see the intention of the created spaces that I paint as acting with a kind of phantasmagoria. I find phantom influences hidden in commonality to be captivating and I seek to unpack such influences by reinterpreting real facades into painting”. Her work focuses on subject matter that relies on the economy of experience. Some of the landscapes depicted in this exhibition are arcades, churches, movie theatre interiors, and bowling alley interiors. “I find that these are spaces that are well lit against dark. Each have a captivating aspect to their choice of lighting that suggests a unique mood.”

WHEN: Friday Nov 9th at 7 - 10 PM; Viewing Hours: Thurs: 3 - 9 PM, Fri: 3 - 9 PM, Sat: 12 - 4:30 PM
WHERE: Hamilton Audio/Visual Node (HAVN), 26 Barton St East, Hamilton, ON L8L 2V5

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 19:00 to 22:00
Friday, November 9, 2018 (All day) to Friday, November 30, 2018 (All day)
Hamilton Audio/Visual Node (HAVN), 26 Barton St East, Hamilton, ON L8L 2V5

Scratching the Surface [Hamilton Potters Guild]

This exhibition by the Hamilton Potters Guild Group is a special Mentorship Exhibition.

The show will exhibit the work of Naomi Frohlich, Katherine Moffat, Adriana Romkes, Cathy Taylor, Brendan Wilson, Grazyna Ziolkowski. All are working in a variety of ceramic mediums, ie. functional pottery, fine craft, tiles, wall reliefs and sculpture. I am not aware that anyone else has thought to include this in the guide, I think it would be most appreciated.

WHERE: Teresa Seaton Studio and Gallery, 652 Spring Gardens Rd, Burlington, ON L7T 1J2
WHEN: October 7th - 28th, 2018, Reception Sunday October 7th, 2-4pm
INFO: call 905 510-5030 or email

Sunday, October 7, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, October 28, 2018 (All day)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00
Teresa Seaton Studio and Gallery, 652 Spring Gardens Rd, Burlington, ON L7T 1J2

Art of Creating the Oral History [Building Cultural Legacies]

Come and learn the art of conducting oral history interviews.  Whether you are interested in recording your own family history or working on anoral history project, this workshop is for you.  These sessions will help you get organized, develop proper interview skills and etiquette, and provide helpful tips for executing a successful oral history interview.  Please contact Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives at 905-546-3408 to register.

Sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Tuesday August 14th 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday August 16th 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Saturday August 18th 2:00pm-3:30pm

This workshop is presented in conjunction with Building Cultural Legacies, a project that will collect and share the history of Hamilton visual arts scene from 1950 - 2000. Building Cultural Legacies is made possible by the Hamilton Public Library, the Hamilton Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information on Building Cultural Legacies, follow the LINK.

WHERE: Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, Wentworth Room, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON
INFO: Call the Library at 905-546-3408to RSVP. You must call to reserve your spot for this event

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 17:00 to 18:30
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, Wentworth Room, 55 York Blvd.

Summer School [The Assembly Gallery]

The Assembly Gallery presents Summer School a group show curated by Andy DeCola. The show will feature 15 artists at various stages of their art careers. Artists included in the show are Anna Valdez, Paul Butler, Brian Donnelly, Mia Sandhu, Eric Louie, Tyler Armstrong, Mark Puchala, Jenal Dolson, Toko Hosoya, Nicholas Zirk, Manny Trinh, Jason Lee Rhyno, Dave Hind, Rebekah Andrade and Andy DeCola. With a wide range of styles, subject matter and mediums Summer School will prove to give the viewers an overwhelming and fantastic look into the worlds of 14 artists.

About the curator and artist:
DeCola graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto in 2002 and prior to that attended the Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario. He is represented by Mark Christopher Gallery in Toronto, an originating member of Assembly Gallery, and also has works available through The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Framesite Art and Project Outpost in Burlington, ON. He has exhibited across Canada as well as in New York City and most recently was included in a group show in April 2018 at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco. In 2012, his show “The Boys from Nowhere” at Neubacher Shor Contemporary was featured in NOW Magazine’s Top 10 Art Shows of the year in Toronto. And the following year received further accolades for his show “As The World Turns”.
He currently resides in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and two young boys.

WHERE: 4 Cannon St East, Hamilton ON
WHEN: June 29 – July 28, 2018, Opening Reception: Friday June 29, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Art Crawl: July 13, 7:00 – 10:00pm

Friday, June 29, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, July 28, 2018 (All day)
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 19:00 to 22:00
4 Cannon St East, Hamilton ON