Welcome to the Arts Beat newsletter, where we feature a round-up of news updates posted to the Hamilton Arts Council blog by our staff, Board of Directors and members of our artistic community. We're sending out this Arts Beat newsletter every month and welcome submissions from our artist members. If you'd like to contribute to the blog please contact stephen@hamiltonartscouncil.ca to discuss your ideas.

Supercrawl Volunteers

Supercrawl, Hamilton's annual 3 day festival of music, fashion, and visual and performance art, is just around the corner. As always, the Hamilton Arts Council will be set-up as a vendor during Supercrawl and we'll be greeting the public, talking about our programs and events, and giving out FREE copies of our brand new 2015-16 Culture Guide.

In preparation for Supercrawl, we're asking for volunteers to help us at our vendor table and to give out copies of the Culture Guide. Even if you can only be with us for an hour, we'd love to see you as a volunteer on Sept. 11-13, 2015 for the biggest arts and culture event in Hamilton. 

If you're interested in being a part of the Hamilton Arts Council at Supercrawl please email Stephen at stephen@hamiltonartscouncil.ca.

LivingArts Blogs for JULY

LivingArts Hamilton Symposium 2015

By Olivia Vanderwal

By: Tanya Goncalves

There's been a lot of buzz in the air at the office lately, everyone is chatting about the symposium we are planning for the up coming fall. The LivingArts Hamilton Symposium will be happening October 23rd to the 25th, 2015. The symposium brings together artists and arts professionals to exchange ideas about the everyday realities of being an artist. The symposium includes lectures, panel discussions, workshops and knowledge-sharing for the professional development of artists and arts workers in Hamilton. The entire symposium will take place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH), and will begin with an opening reception featuring a series of visual artistic works by local artists, and a musical performance. 

The opening reception will be showcasing the work of Westin Nguyen, a GTA based cinematographer and photographer who's work explores a series of different dynamics between artists and professionals, cities and landscapes, food and food production, to animals and wildlife. 

The work of local Hamilton artist ...

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The Art of Photography

By Olivia Vanderwal

By: Tanya Goncalves

When I walk into modern galleries I'm greeted by a series of beautiful visual works, but one in particular always seems to be missing, photography. Photography is not a staple art in modern galleries, you see it often if it is part of an exhibition, but it usually it is not part of the pieces that are always held in a gallery. I thought about the different reasons why this may be the case. History shows galleries holding paintings, and sculptures, more traditional and classical views of artwork. However, photography is kind of new, and it also has the stigma of not being a "legitimate" form of art since a machine and some form of technology is used and always involved in the art practice. This kind of mentality is a bit too 1990's for me. I decided to interview a newly local Hamilton photographer about this, and he chose to be anonymous for this interview.

 

Tanya: Can you tell me a bit about yourself without disclosing too much information, I know you want to remain anonymous.

Photographer: Sure. Well I am now a Hamilton based photographer, just moved here, but I travel around the world...

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Art, Obviously!

By Olivia Vanderwal

By: Tanya Goncalves

I had the pleasure of meeting Ailish Corbett in my first year of University at McMaster. At the time I was taking an art history class, and it was the first day of my undergraduate. The class was in one of the original buildings at McMaster University, Hamilton Hall, which for those of you who are unfamiliar is a breathtaking building with gothic accents and beautiful detailing - literally a work of art and piece of history on its own. The building was perfect to hold a first year art history course. I remember walking into the class that first day. People were chatting and there was an excited energy in the air. I sat down in the third row, and of course being myself, I began to strike up a conversation with the people sitting next to me. To my disappointment, they were a bit too focused on staying focused, and did not want to chat. That's when I heard a woman behind me talking just as much I do, so naturally I turned around and said hello. I was greeted with a big smile, and she said: "I'm Ailish, Hi."

From that day onward Ailish and I remained good friends, we have watched our art practices grow...

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