Piece Work [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: ​Tuesday & Wednesday 11am - 6pm; Thursday 11am - 8pm; 
Friday 11am - 6pm; Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 5pm


Piece Work

The Art of Sara Angelucci

On view February 11, 2017 to May 14, 2017 
Curated by Alana Traficante

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 11, 3:00 - 5:00pm 
Artist will be in attendance.


Born in Hamilton to Italian immigrant parents, Sara Angelucci is well known for autobiographical work in a range of media including still photography, moving image, sonic performance and installation. With Piece Work, Angelucci revisited her mother's history as a garment worker, producing a new installation in three parts, in collaboration with contemporary workers at Hamilton's Coppley Apparel. Coppley has operated continuously in the same white stone building on York Boulevard since 1883, and has employed every wave of new immigrants to the city, including Angelucci's late mother Nina, who arrived in Hamilton in 1957. In Piece Work, the factory signifies more than a long-standing local business or the artist's familial hisory. It is a capsule of the city's social history, and the diverse communities that together contribute to the fabric of our industrial roots. While Hamilton's labour history is often associated with the dominant narrative of masculine steel workers, the apparel industry, and its majority women workforce, was at one time a major player in the city's industrial economy. Today, women continue to form the majority of the apparel industry workforce and Coppley is one of five remaining garment manufacturers in Hamilton. Although each maker is often anonymous, the women's combined piecework - the 123 pieces required in the construction of a man's suit - result in the carefully crafted image of successful masculinity. Working closely with sewers in the space of the factory, Angelucci presents a series of poignant artworks that bring attention back to the experience of the worker - in visual, auditory, and symbolic ways.

AGH Artist Talk with Sara Angelucci Thursday, March 9 
6:30 pm: Reception with the artist
7:00 pm: Artist talk
8:00 pm: Tour

FREE Admission

Hamilton Textile Industry and Exhibition Walking Tour, Saturday, April 1
10:30 am: Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (51 Stuart St.) Tour of All or None with Kandis Friesen
11:45 am: Walking Tour from WAHC to the AGH
1:00 pm: Tour of Piece Work with Sara Angelucci
AGH / WAHC Members: FREE | Non-Members: $12


The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton
905.527.6610 or email info@artgalleryofhamilton.com


Saturday, February 11, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, May 14, 2017 (All day)
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 15:00 to 17:00
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 18:30 to 21:30
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:30 to 14:00
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St West, Hamilton, ON