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

move by Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Renowned dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker employs sixteen performers, working in pairs, to explore the dualities of caregiving and dance practice: “touching and being touched, watching and being witnessed, movement through the body and that same body’s movement through space.”

With an electro-acoustic score by musician and composer, Debashis Sinha, move is a “dance installation” that performed by local community members who spend three weekends working with Baker.

move lasts  70 minutes, in a cycle of four repetitions, with the partners alternating roles, it allows for observers to stay for part or all of the complete cycle. Time slots to be announced.

Registration to come. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when registration becomes available.

Presented in partnership with Office of Clinical & Organizational Ethics at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West

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

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.

AiDa presents Drama Tuesday for Hamilton Art Week

AiDa presents Drama Tuesday for Hamilton Arts Week!

IMAGINATION soars, kids sparkle and shine from within through Dramatic Arts fun!

For ages 6-12 and Youth Initiative Mentor | Leaders in Training for secondary students to earn community service credit while making a difference! Located in the heart of Westdale we inspire creative expression and self-discovery while focusing on colloboration, fair play, respect, acts of kindess, anti-bullying tools, literacy to lift the human spirit! 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:00
167 Cline Avenue North

Critique Night [Hamilton Artists Inc.]

Critique Night

Facilitated by Claire Bartleman

Join us on Wednesday, January 17th at Hamilton Artists Inc. for a critique night facilitated by artist Claire Bartleman. This is an opportunity to share your artwork, offer feedback, learn how to self-critique and meet other artists in your community in a relaxed and supportive environment. Critique night is not medium specific and open to artists of all levels. Please register in advance and send a high-resolution image of the work you would like to discuss to RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Claire Bartleman was raised in Montreal, Quebec where she graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a BFA in Art History (2007) and followed with BFA in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2015). Currently she is an MFA student at Western University where her practice focuses on textiles and soft sculpture.

Her work involves collecting unfinished textile-based crafts projects and recontextualizing them within the contemporary art world in order to engage with questions of failure, craft and Do-It-Yourself culture and the history of textile and feminist art. Positioning herself between the maker and the readymade, she looks to simultaneously acknowledge the skills of the craftswomen and that of the artist.

Presented in Partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council, Visual Arts Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 PM
​WHERE: Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9
DETAILS: Limit of 20 participants; RSVP required

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9