• Coming Soon: Member Profiles

    January 20, 2012 by Stephanie Vegh

    Starting in February 2012, the new Hamilton Arts Council blog will include an ongoing series of Member Profiles that will celebrate the work of our member artists and organizations across all disciplines. Member Profiles will be posted here on a bi-weekly basis and will be scheduled wherever possible to ensure equal representation of the range of creative disciplines supported by the Hamilton Arts Council.

    Members in good standing interested in being included in this recurring feature are invited to submit their responses to the following questions to – please note that the Hamilton Arts Council reserves the right to edit responses for spelling, grammar and clarity before posting your Member Profile to our blog.

    1.a) Your Name:
    b) Your Website URL (optional):

    2. Tell us about your creative practice:

    3. What motivates you to live and work in Hamilton?

    4. What have you seen or experienced in Hamilton lately that has inspired you?

    5. What are you working on right now? Which upcoming project are you most excited about?

    In addition to your written responses, members may include up to three images, video and/or audio components as part of their profile in any combination desired (for example, three images, one image and two videos, two audio and one video) provided the total number of images, video and audio is no greater than three.

    Please note the following criteria before sending your materials:

    Images: File size not to exceed 1MB, 72dpi resolution. Please include captioning information of images depicting visual art, fine craft, etc.

    Video: Links to video posted online with embed coding enabled (via YouTube and Vimeo for example) is preferred; otherwise, video files sent for upload cannot exceed 2MB.

    Audio: Links to audio posted online with embed coding enabled (via Soundcloud for example) is preferred; otherwise, audio files sent for upload cannot exceed 2MB.

    There is no deadline for this call but priority within our posting schedule will be on a first-come first-served basis. Please send your responses to the questionnaire, images and links to

  • Call for Contributors

    January 20, 2012 by Stephanie Vegh

    The Hamilton Arts Council is inviting expressions of interest from all creative disciplines to contribute to the Hamilton Arts Council Blog. Starting in February 2012, these pages will feature a range of topics relevant to the arts in the Hamilton region, creating opportunities to promote and discuss the work of Hamilton artists.

    At this time, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals for the following:
    - reviews of exhibitions, events and performances in the Hamilton region
    - behind-the-scenes experiences that shed light on the creative process
    - professional development advice for artists (e.g. portfolio preparation, how to audition, etc.)

    Writers are asked to submit a brief proposal of their intended topic as well as two writing samples as either Word/PDF attachments or links to work published online to Please note that writers are asked to contribute on a voluntary basis as we are not yet able to pay writers.

    For questions and comments, please contact Stephen Near, Program Director, at


  • Out with the old…

    January 6, 2012 by Stephanie Vegh

    As 2012 gets underway, the Hamilton Arts Council has been working busily behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for some exciting new changes to improve our ability to serve and promote the many artists and organizations working to make Hamilton the brilliant creative city that it is. One such change coming soon will be hitting this blog in particular – what was previously a means to promote the artists of our Hamilton Club auction back in November will grow to cover a far wider range of topics relevant to Hamilton’s cultural community, so be sure to watch this space for new developments in the coming weeks!

    In the process of preparing for this new direction, however, it has come to our attention that many of the latter Artist Preview posts we created leading up to the auction are no longer archived on this blog. Our tech support monkey attributes this to an event he refers to as the “Great Server Migration” but the bottom line remains that these posts are now irretrievably lost to the digital ether.


    An apt metaphor – William Blair Bruce, The Phantom Hunter. 1888, oil on canvas. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.


    Regardless of this loss, we will be moving forward in the security of our shiny new server to send a greater diversity of content your way, from advocacy to member profiles to news on all our upcoming events and initiatives. Suggestions for articles are, of course, more than welcome – drop us a line at with your thoughts.

  • Featured Artist: Sonya de Laat

    November 10, 2011 by Stephanie Vegh

    Rounding out a selection of featured artists this week who take their inspiration directly from the streets of Hamilton is Sonya de Laat, who is contributing an excerpt of her prolificBarton Village series to An Evening of Art at the Hamilton Club.

    Barton Village, a small neighbourhood nestled at the base of the industrial heart of the Steel City, has had its glory days but has also suffered neglect and, at times, abandonment.  Reflections of this shifting identiy are visible in the images Sonya de Laat has produced of storefronts both old and new, reconfiguring her panoramas as businesses open and close.


    Barton Village


    The photographs of Barton Village are produced with a heat transfer technique de Laat developed specifically for this series. The resulting works are muted in tone, and soft in effect.  The loss of detail produced in the transfer technique does not romanticize the image; rather it becomes a reflection of the accumulated grit that is part of urban living.  Ultimately, each canvas becomes a uniquely rough yet softly positive record of history.

    About the Artist:

    Sonya de Laat is a photographer and anthropologist whose work has been exhibited in a number of shows locally including the Fine Art and Craft Festival at Burlington Art Centre, Art in the Workplace at McMaster Innovation Park, and Sunrise Gallery. Her Barton Villageseries has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Carnegie Gallery in 2010 and the Hamilton Arts Council in 2011.

  • Announcing An Evening of Art at The Hamilton Club

    November 4, 2011 by Stephanie Vegh





     Event Ticket


    The Hamilton Arts Council is delighted to be partnering with The Hamilton Club on An Evening of Art – a live and silent auction event featuring many of Hamilton’s best local talents.

    Join us at The Hamilton Club on Tuesday, November 29 starting at 5:00 pm for an evening that will feature live music, drinks and nibbles, and of course an amazing selection of local art available for bidding just in time for the holiday season. All proceeds from our auction items will be split between our contributing artists and the Hamilton Arts Council so this is an oustanding opportunity to support both your local artists and the arts council working on their behalf to build a stronger cultural community for the Hamilton region.

    Your ticket for this not-to-be-missed event gains you entry to one of Hamilton’s most exclusive locales for our Preview Week starting from Tuesday November 22 and a first drink on us the night of the auction. For those of you who are not yet members of the Hamilton Arts Council, your ticket includes a year’s membership that will keep you in touch will all the latest on what’s going on in Hamilton’s thriving arts community.

    Tickets are $30 for non-members and $10 for members and are available for purchase from the Hamilton Arts Council office at 279 King Street East, The Hamilton Club at 6 Main Street East, and Mixed Media at 154 James Street North.

    Over the next couple weeks we will be sharing a first look at some of the oustanding pieces available at both our live and silent auctions on the 29th. Be sure to check back regularly for updates!