Carving Home [Art Gallery of Hamilton]

Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario. Its permanent collection, which is focused on historical Canadian, 19th-century European and Contemporary art, now numbers more than 10,000 works and is recognized as one of the finest in Canada.

The AGH is a vital creative hub and centre of lifelong learning that enables people of all ages to enrich their lives by gaining a deeper understanding of art.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday - 11AM–6PM, Thursday - 11AM–8PM, Saturday - 12–5PM, Sunday - 12–5PM, Monday, Tuesday Closed


Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art

On view June 28, 2017 to January 14, 2018

From the Hamilton Sanatorium Collection

The Mountain Sanatorium (later renamed Chedoke Hospital), a long-term health center for the treatment of illness, most commonly tuberculosis, was the major center for the treatment of Eastern Inuit in the South, bringing over 1200 Inuit through its doors from 1953-1963. As such, Hamilton played a central role in the treatment of the tuberculosis epidemic that plagued Canada during this period. 

As a program of occupational therapy for the patients the hospital implemented programs where Inuit women could sew, embroider, and make dolls and clothing and the men could make small carvings in their beds. Inuit industriousness resulted in the production of thousands of artworks that were sold and collected in the Hamilton area and beyond. The collection presented here includes primarily sculptures but also some textile items that were produced by patients during the 1950s and early 1960s.

With this presentation, the Art Gallery of Hamilton begins the process of understanding and reconciling the complex history of Hamilton's Mountain Sanatorium and its relationship to Inuit artists and culture. The recent donation of over one hundred sculptures produced by Inuit artists during their recovery at the Mountain Sanatorium provides the gallery with an opportunity to invest in research and to begin the critical work of building partnerships with communities both in the North and South.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, January 14, 2018 (All day)
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St West, Hamilton, ON