Workshops

May Day Weekend [Workers Arts and Heritage Centre]

Join us for an eventful May Day weekend celebration! Starting Friday May 1, in partnership with the Hamilton and District Labour Council, we invite you and your families to help us celebrate May Day 2015. There will be music, food and drinks. This is a free event.

On Saturday May 2, WAHC will be host to two modern-day crafts people – a knitter and a shoemaker! Have you ever wondered how shoes are made? Or how intricate sweaters are knit? Anna Zygowski of Anna Kari Fine Knitwear and Aimee Burnett of Pedlar Stock Shoes will be demonstrating their craft, showing you their tools, talking about the history of what they do, and generally answering all your questions about knitting, knitting machines and shoemaking! This event is geared for the whole family, and includes kid-friendly activities.

Aimee Burnett was formally educated formally as a graphic designer before learning to shoemake in Toronto from Nasser Vies. As a designer Aimee has worked in Toronto, San Francisco and Berlin before beginning Pedlar Stock with her partner Gabriel Baribeau. Pedlar Stock began in the Spring of 2014 in Simcoe ON and picked up again in January of 2015 in Hamilton. Pedlar Stock’s workspace is located in Casino on Mary St, a collaborative arts space and gallery of which Aimee is a founding member.

Anna Zygowski has a Bachelors in Fashion Design from Ryerson, a Diploma in Textile Design from Sheridan and a Masters of Arts in Fashion Design from Ryerson. She has taught in the textile departments of OCADU and Sheridan College, and currently runs her own fine knitwear business, Anna Kari, designing women’s wear and selling to boutiques locally and internationally. Anna developed a proficiency in machine knitting following a life long interest in mechanical objects and analog technologies.

WHEN: May 01, 2015 from 7-10 pm and May 02,  2015 from 1-3 pm
WHERE: Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton, ON
INFO: Tel. 905-522-3003 or email
WEB: http://wahc-museum.ca/

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 19:00 to 22:00
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 13:00 to 15:00
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 19:00 to 22:00
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 13:00 to 16:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton, ON

One-Piece Mold Making [(F)ARTS]

(F)ARTS* presents: One-piece mold making workshop with Donna Akrey

This workshop is a basic intro for people who have never done mold making and would like to give it a try. The basics of modelling a shape* from clay (plastilina), avoiding undercuts, preparing the work, making a one piece plaster mold and casting at least one replication. There will be demonstrations in mixing plaster; preparing mold; casting into a pre-existing mold; casting into clay mold; and casting into plaster mold of our clay sculpture/shape. *The shape can be representative or abstract. You can have an idea before hand or just see what you come up with on the day.

Participants should bring:

  • work clothes
  • clay modelling tools you may have---or just metal utensils, chopsticks, bamboo skewers (anything that may work in helping you model/shape clay)
  • blister packaging if you have any (the plastic that contains the products we buy)
  • snacks, in case one cookie isn’t enough for you.

Donna Akrey is a multi-media artist who teaches foundation studies and sculpture at Brock University. She believes there is no “APP” for some things. *(F)ARTS is a series of technical workshops and professional development seminars for artists. The workshops are designed to offer affordable instruction in the fundamentals of various art techniques, which can easily be transferred to artists’ studio upon completion of any given workshop.

WHERE: Studio #7, Mill Arts Building, Cotton Factory at 270 Sherman Ave. N Hamilton
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015; (4-8pm) and possibly beyond
ADMISSION: Cost: $100.00 (and includes all materials + a cup of coffee or juice and a homemade cookie)
INFO: to register, please send an email to f.artsworkshops@gmail.com; For more information contact: svavathordis@gmail.com or f.artsworkshops@gmail.com
DEADLINE: April 15, 2015, and the workshop is limited to six participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 16:00 to 20:00
Studio #7, Mill Arts Building, Cotton Factory at 270 Sherman Ave. North, Hamilton

Burlington Mural Project Launch & Workshop

City of Burlington | Burlington Mural Project Launch & Workshop

The City of Burlington public art program is launching an exciting new initiative, the Burlington Mural Project.  Designed to tell local stories using local artists, this annual program will commission small to medium-scale murals throughout Burlington.  To kick off the program, we will be hosting a ‘Murals 101’ workshop on Saturday April 25th.  Join Karin Eaton, Executive Director of Mural Routes and mural artist Allan Bender in a lively discussion about contemporary mural making. They will discuss a variety of mural techniques and materials using real life case studies. An open Q&A will follow.

The public art managers will also be on hand to walk through the application process for the Burlington Mural Project and to answer any questions that you may have. This workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP by Wednesday April 22 to reserve your spot.

About the Presenters

Karin Eaton, Executive Director, Mural Routes
Karin has been involved in arts management with a focus on community engagement for over 30 years.  In 1990 she initiated a public art mural program for Scarborough, which was incorporated in 1994 as Mural Routes. Karin is recognized as a leader in the field of community mural production.  In addition to providing advice and consultation to many to artists, organizations and municipalities in Ontario, she has been invited to speak at four Global Mural Conferences, presented papers at the Getty Center, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee for her contribution to the arts and service to Canada.

Allan Bender
Allan is owner and art director of Blinc Studios.  Blinc Studios creates outdoor and indoor murals, commissioned artworks, hand painted signage and faux finishes for a wide variety of applications and paintable surfaces. Allan has designed, painted and installed murals and custom large format artworks in over 400 communities in North America.  Expertise includes hand painting and air brush painting with both traditional and non-traditional material and techniques.  Services include repairs, refurbishing and maintenance services for paintings, murals, sculptures, carousel animal and a wide variety of painted surfaces.

WHEN: Saturday April 25, 2015; 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Central Branch, Burlington Public Library, Holland Room, Burlington, ON
INFO: For more information visit www.burlingtonpublicart.com/news; or contact Kim Selman (Strategic Initiatives Lead),  Cobalt Connects at  www.cobaltconnects.ca 
WEB: www.burlingtonpublicart.com

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:00 to 14:00
Central Branch, Burlington Public Library, Holland Room, Burlington, ON

Balikbayan [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]



Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

BALIKBAYAN
Kwentong Bayan Collective (Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes)

January 24, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Opens January 24th, 2017. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 9th, 7 – 9 pm; artists will be in attendance.

The exhibition BALIKBAYAN features a visual timeline of the 150+ year history of caregiving in Canada by racialized women, and Balikbayan boxes that contain migration and labour stories.

In the Filipino language, “balik” means “to return” and “bayan” can mean “country, place, home, or town”.

Since the 70’s, the labour export policy of the Philippine government has forced Overseas Filipino Workers to work abroad to provide for their families. An average of 6,000 workers leave the Philippines each day. One way they maintain a connection with their loved ones is to send home balikbayan boxes home packed with items that symbolize their labour and care.

BALIKBAYAN will transform WAHC into a gathering place to listen to migrant worker stories. In a series of gatherings, workers from Hamilton and Toronto will participate in a healing soup circle, create storytelling wearables, and plant native seeds. At each gathering, folks can create their own pasalubong (gifts) to take home and share with others.

Visit our website, Twitter and Facebook pages for updates on program offerings presented alongside BALIKBAYAN over our winter season, including two PA Day camps, a comic jam for ages 12 and up and much more.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator, at tara@wahc-museum.ca or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, April 21, 2018 (All day)
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Labour Day Banner Tour and Workshop [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]



Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Labour Day Banner Tour and Workshop

September 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Labour Day with a behind-the-scenes tour of union banners from our permanent collection, followed by a banner-making workshop for youth and adults led by special guest artists!

Join WAHC’s Program Coordinator, Tara Bursey, as she leads you through a selection of 20th century union banners from the permanent collection of the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. This informative, up-close collection tour will unpack the materials, symbols, unions and workers represented by these rare and exquisite pieces of workers’ heritage. Come learn and see how cloth serves as both a powerful vehicle and metaphor for collectivity.

Following the tour, stick around for a hands-on banner making workshop for youth and adults facilitated by special guest artists. Use inspiration from historic banners towards the creation of your own empowering Labour Day mini-banner using techniques such as screenprinting, embroidery and iron-on transfers. All materials will be provided!

Sign up for the tour and workshop in advance via Eventbrite at this link.

And don’t forget to top your weekend off on Labour Day Monday at the Hamilton and District Labour Council‘s annual Labour Day Parade and Picnic, at Bayfront Park.  Join WAHC in the park after the parade.

Free tickets must be reserved via Eventbrite in advance of the event. You may also reserve a spot over the phone at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or via email. For more information about this program, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at tara@wahc-museum.ca.

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Remembering the 12-10 Mill Gathering [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]



Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Remembering the 12-10 Mill Gathering

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Stelco retiree, archivist and community member Stephen Lechniak for a special one-night gathering commemorating the closure of Stelco’s 12-10 mill in 1987. 

A slideshow, talk and display of Lechniak’s personal archive of Stelco photographs and memorabilia will be among the events planned honouring those who worked at the Mill, both unionized and salaried. The families of former employees, retirees and the general public are all welcome.

Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. An accessible entrance can be found on the east side of the building.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator, at tara@wahc-museum.ca or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 18:00 to 21:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Solidarity On Screen [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]



Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Solidarity on Screen: Complicit

AUGUST 25 at 7:30pm
Screening at 8:30pm

WAHC's Youth Council is proud to present Solidarity on Screen, a series of outdoor screenings and workshops that look at labour, industry and activism through a global lens. These screenings are intended to raise awareness of the struggles of workers and communities at home and abroad. The series will draw in guest speakers and educators to lead short workshops for youth 16-25 in advance of each screening. 

Popcorn and refreshments for viewers! Free admission, all are welcome. Visit WAHC's website for the full Solidarity on Screen schedule and for more information about guests and community partners.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 19:30
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Ambitious City Stories [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]



Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Ambitious City Stories

Featuring Sweat
Saturday, July 15th  & Sunday, July 16th

 

 

A weekend of industry and the arts (on two wheels!) co-presented by WAHC and The Bicycle Opera Project.

Join us for a full weekend of events, including Hamilton Labour History Bike Tours, a Handmade Marketplace, and two presentations of Sweat, an a cappella opera for nine singers by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton about the global garment industry. Scored for chorus and four soloists performing in English as well as Cantonese, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Hungarian, Sweat seeks to bring the audience into the heart of a contemporary sweatshop and offer a window into the lives of the workers who clothe us.

Saturday, July 15th
2:00 pm  |  Hamilton Labour History Bike Tours (registration link)
6-8 pm  |  Handmade Marketplace at WAHC
8 pm  |  SWEAT (link to tickets)

Sunday, July 16th
10:30 am  |  Hamilton Labour History Bike Tours (registration link)
12-2 pm  |  Handmade Marketplace at WAHC
2 pm  |  SWEAT (link to tickets)

About our Presenting Partner:

The Bicycle Opera Project is the only opera company that tours by bicycle. Designed to close the gap between audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces, the Bicycle Opera Project performs new Canadian works that focus on current issues, in English.

Bike Tours are Free/PWYC and depart from the Custom House; pre-registration is required. Tickets for Sweat are PWYC, $20-25 suggested. Pre-purchase of tickets is advised; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door in advance of showtime on both days. For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at tara@wahc-museum.ca or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

WAHC wishes to acknowledge its public and union donors, members, the Canada 150 - Hamilton 2017 Fund of the City of Hamilton, Ryder Wright Blair & Holmes LLP, and WAHC’s Trivia Night teams for their support of this dynamic program.

Sweat Image Credit: Dahlia Katz

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 14:00 to 22:00
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:30 to 16:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

Frank Lloyd Wright Lecture [Carnegie Gallery]

 

 

 

Frank Lloyd Wright an American Architect

Thursday June 22, 2017 at 7:30pm - 8:30

An illustrated talk by Robert Hamilton, local historian and archivist, who is a passionate advocate for architectural history.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s impact on architecture was far reaching and cannot be overstated. This illustrated lecture will explore the period in Wright’s career that later came to be known as Prairie School architecture.

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 19:30
Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas, ON

Solidarity On Screen [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]



Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Solidarity on Screen: True Cost

JUNE 30TH at 7:30pm
Screening at 8:30pm

WAHC's Youth Council is proud to present Solidarity on Screen, a series of outdoor screenings and workshops that look at labour, industry and activism through a global lens. These screenings are intended to raise awareness of the struggles of workers and communities at home and abroad. The series will draw in guest speakers and educators to lead short workshops for youth 16-25 in advance of each screening. 

Solidarity on Screen launches on June 30th with The True Cost (2015), a documentary that pulls back the curtain on the fast fashion industry and asks us to consider: who really pays the price for our clothing? View the film's trailer here.

Popcorn and refreshments for viewers! Free admission, all are welcome. Visit WAHC's website for the full Solidarity on Screen schedule and for more information about guests and community partners.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 19:30
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

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