Welcome to the Hamilton Arts Council e-newsletter, where we talk about recent developments at the arts council, some of the things we're working on at the office, and some of the great events happening in the community by our membership. If you have any comments or questions please let us know at info@hamiltonartscouncil.ca.

**Above image: Sanjay Talwar and Shaun Smyth in Theatre Aquarius' production of The Invisible Hand on until March 24, 2018 [Photo: theatreaquarius.org]


Don’t miss Low Cost and No Cost #MarketingHacks for Artists presented by Judy Boswell and Mark Tharme of Muse Marketing Group. Join us for a discussion on branding and marketing strategies for artists as our guest presenters will draw upon years of industry experience to outline approaches for artists to break down economic barriers, and gain their brand and work visibility. A shoe string budget should never mean talent goes unseen! This workshops is presented in partnership with Centre3 for Print and Media Arts and Muse Marketing with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

WHEN: March 20 from 7 - 9PM.
WHERE: The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street, Hamilton, ON.
TIX: Admission for HAC members is $8 and general admission is $10. 

To register for follow the LINK. Space is limited so register TODAY!


Join us for a special Earth Day edition of the Art Bus as we're headed on a trip to the Windermere Basin + Industrial Hamilton with Guest Speaker, Lynda Lukasic of Environment Hamilton followed by a tour of Witness: Edward Burtynsky currently on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. is headed to the Windermere Basin + Industrial Hamilton with Guest Speaker, Lynda Lukasic of Environment Hamilton followed by a tour of Witness: Edward Burtynsky currently on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

WHEN: April 21, 2018 from 1 - 4 PM
WHERE: Depart from Seedworks Urban Offices, 126 Catharine St. North, Hamilton, ON
TIX: $20
INFO: Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. The bus departs on schedule

Follow the LINK to REGISTER

Building Cultural Legacies
collaGe party

The Hamilton Arts Council invites you to join us in celebrating our Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant in support of Building Cultural Legacies. This project will capture and broadly disseminate stories about the history of visual arts in Hamilton, through a collective memory approach. Join the staff of the arts council alongside collage artist Drew Taylor at our Building Cultural Legacies Collage Party and make some art to the sweet sounds of DJ Boppa do Down. Interested artists are also encouraged to submit their work for an exhibition at Redchurch Gallery, which will show during Hamilton Arts Week (June 2-8, 2018).

WHEN: March 23, 2018 from 6 to 8:30 PM
WHERE: Redchurch Café + Gallery, 68 King St East, Hamilton, ON
INFO: We supply materials.  No experience necessary!

Call for 2018

Want to be part of Hamilton Arts Week 2018? The Hamilton Arts Council invites local artists and arts organizations as well as event partners, sponsors and volunteers to assist us with Hamilton Arts Week which runs from June 2 - June 8, 2018. This is your opportunity to reach new audiences and encourage Hamiltonians to engage authentically with the arts in their city.

Follow the LINK for details!

COTTON FACTory Residency Recipients

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce artists Stylo Starr and Tanya Denyer as the recipients of the Hamilton Arts Council’s, Cotton Factory Artist in Residence Program taking place from April 1 to July 2018. 

Stylo Starr is a designer and visual artists living in Hamilton. She intends on creating work that will reintroduce collage as a fine art medium holding both story and purpose. Her work will explore collaging of the Black cultures of the global Diaspora. 

Tanya Denyer is both a quilter and an artist who is determined to share the art of quilts with the wider art community. Her goal is to raise the profile of quilting to equal status with painting and sculpture.

Find out more about the Cotton Factory Residence Program and the selected artists at our website.

WELCOME Ned Currie

In February, Ned Currie joined our office in the new role of Event and Admin Coordinator. In this capacity, Ned will head up our planning and coordination of Hamilton Arts Week and has also begun an initiative called #ElectionsEngageArts. A series of Twitter interviews with local and provincial candidates running in the 2018 Elections, #ElectionsEngageArts will provide our audiences with a platform to ask questions and learn about how the current candidates will work towards supporting arts and culture. We're pleased to welcome Ned Currie to our team!


The LivingArts blog continues this month with some new and recent posts: 

  • Guest contributor and theatre artist Trevor Copp writes about the opportunities for producing local theatre in "Hamilton Theatre Team-Up"
  • Guest contributor and musician Lori Yates reflects on her love affair with Hamilton's early music roots in "Find Your Own Genius"

​Visit our LivingArts Contributor page to meet all of our LivingArts Blog contributors and read their past and current writing about working in the arts in Hamilton.