Founded in 1975 by a core group of area artists reacting to the lack of professional exhibition venues available, the original Hamilton Artists’ Co-op was initiated as an arena for artists to exhibit artwork and meet with their peers to promote art production in the City of Hamilton. The gallery received operations funding in 1976 and received charitable status after its incorporation as an artist-run centre in 1979. The centre has been exhibiting emerging and mid-career artists both locally and from across Canada for over 25 years. In 1988, V. Jane Gordon established a curatorial Committee to encourage regional research, curating and writing using the model of artist-as-curator. Building on this strategy, the current Programming Committee continues to initiate curatorial investigations, community partnerships and off-site projects. A concerted effort has also been made to commit resources to continued publication and critical writing. Hamilton Artists Inc. continues to define a regional dialogue within a national and international context by presenting challenging contemporary artwork, stimulating critical dialogue and fostering local artist initiatives.
A shortlist of projects includes:
2010 Mooswa, Muskwa, PuskwaMoostoos – Digital Creations with Immemorial Relations An exhibition of video/installation and digital paintings by Cree artist Jude Norris. Essay by Tannis Nielsen.
2009 Carbon Interiorities Interarts residency with Vida Simon and Rachel Echenberg. Essay by Curator Irene Loughlin
2008 Histoires Paintings by Acadian artist Mario Doucette. Essay by Erin Langille
Off site 2008 The Urban Moorings Project Cootes Paradise Royal Botanical Gardens Public Art Installation by Tor Lukasik-Foss, Steve Mazza, Susan Detwiler, Noel Harding, David Acheson. Curated by Nora Hutchinson. Catalogue Essays by Irene Loughlin, Nora Hutchinson and John Terpstra.
2007 Attila Richard Lukacs Essay by Sky Gilbert.
2007 Environs An exploration of Colina Maxwell, Matt McInnes, John Smith and Mirela Zdjelaric. Essay by Curator Jim Riley.
2007 Edgey Fred Bilanzola Retrospective: Co-production with Art Gallery of Hamilton and Carnegie Gallery. In memory of Ferdinando Bilanzola (1956-2001). Catalogue Essay by Bryce Kanbara.
2006 drift drag An Exhibition by Fae Logie.
2006 Tune In, Turn On, Bleach Out Marcia Huyer. Essay by Anne Milne.
2005 In The Shadows: An Exchange between Artcite, Windsor and Hamilton Artists Inc. Catalogue Essay by Curator Simon Frank.
2004 Affectations Contact Festival Photographic works by Susan Dobson, Susan Bozic.
2003 Superstition II An Exhibition by FASTWÜRMS
2002 Allegories An Exhibition by Catherine Heard
2001 Photophobia 3 screening included recent works by film and video producers from across Canada, including Michael Balser, Pierre-Yves Cruaud, Lisa Hayes, Peter Karuna, Charles Officer, Su Rynard, Kika Thorne, Ian Toews, Jessie Wallace and others. Produced by The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton & Region Arts Council and Trinity Square Video.
Off-site 2000 Exile on James Street Jane Adeney, Michael Allgoewer, Dianne Bos, Gary Buttrum, Chris Eddy, Simon Frank, Chris Hortnett, Juliet Jancso, Ivan Jurakic, Laurie Kilgore, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Machyderm Inc., Rick Pottruff, Marianne Reim, Matt Schofield, Matthew Walker. Publication Essays by C. Wells and Shirley Madill.
Off-site, 2000 Zone 6B: Art in the Environment Michael Allgoewer, Marlene Creates, Aganetha Dyck, Fastwürms, Alan Flint, Simon Frank, Marguerite Larmand, Mike MacDonald, Shelley Niro, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Peter von Tiesenhausen.
Publication essays by Ivan Jurakic and Shirley Madill.
1999 Kelly Mark: Messages In partnership with “Kelly Mark: 9 to 5” at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Co-Publication Essays by Ivan Jurakic, Shirley Madill, Cliff Eyland, Eileen Sommerman
1998 Industrial Strength Drawing: Rick Pottruff vs. Paul Walty Publication Essay by Gary Michael Dault.
1997 Communities Spencer J. Harrison, Soonki Park Schaub, Marguerite Larmand, Sandra Vida & Cat Cayuga Publication Essay by Carol Podedworny
1993 Photo Re:Union Anne Milne
1994 Subconscious Mythologies Ivan Jurakic
1997 Valve Paul Ropel-Morski
1989 Shikata Ga Nai Bryce Kanbara
1988 The Eccentric Furniture Show V. Jane Gordon
Selected Community Programming Initiatives
2010-2009 New Harbours Sound Art Music Series James St North Artcrawl, St Paul’s Cathedral.
2009 Massimo Grimaldi Installation presented in collaboration with The Art Gallery of Hamilton TURN ON Series: Italian Contemporary Art.
2008 Carl Brown Exhibition and Screening of the work Blue Monet Essay/Interview by Curator Josephine Massarella.
2008 Duality Games and Chirajito: Clown Painter Rita Kamacho and Ulysses Castellanos Relational Performance Art at Mex-i-Can Restaurant, James St North, Hamilton, ON
2007 Considerations: Art from Wesley Urban Ministries Wesley Urban Ministries Hamilton, ON
2007 Digital Dubscapes: Multi-Arts Installation/Event hosted by Klyde Broox
2007 Francois Morelli workshops in collaboration with youth at Jamesville Community Centre, co-produced with the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
(Limited copies of Publications noted are available at the gallery)