Call for Board of Directors

The Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking engaged, committed and enthusiastic volunteers to submit applications to fill the Board of Directors. The Board consists of members who possess a variety of skills, knowledge, perspectives and talents.   The Board wishes to reflect the diverse community of Hamilton and be a welcoming, inclusive environment and encourages applications from individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Being a member of the board is rewarding and challenging; it requires commitment, collaboration, leadership, decision-making and integrity. Board meetings are held on a monthly basis, and members are expected to volunteer additional time sitting on committees and attending Gallery events. Directors may not receive financial compensation or apply for solo exhibitions while serving on the board.

Ideal candidates are practicing artists or have an interest in arts and culture, have experience in fundraising, fiscal management, event management, marketing and communications and/or previous board experience, who possess a strong interest in contemporary arts practices. Professional training in the arts is not required. Candidates must also be community-minded and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. Previous experience in the not-for-profit sector or with other Artist-Run Centres is an asset.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
Elected members of the Board of Directors should have a genuine interest in the Inc. and a proper understanding of their public trust responsibilities, which include:
-To establish the Mission, Mandate and Principles of the Hamilton Artists Inc.
-Provide a clear public statement of the Inc.’s policies and mandate.
-Develop strategic plans for the Inc.
-Obtaining the support and financial resources necessary to achieve the Inc.’s aims and mandate.
-Ensure the prudent use of resources to maintain and enhance all aspects of the Inc.’s property, equipment, programs, services and collections.
-To implement the Exhibition Assistance Program in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council.
-Assure the financial stability of the Inc.
-Hire and monitor the staff.
-Ensure that the Inc. has adequate staff.
-Act in a corporate manner in the best interests of the Inc., rather than seeking individual benefits.

Term – Applicants are expected to commit to a 1 – 2 year term on the Board.  Directors may not receive financial compensation or apply for solo exhibitions while serving on the board.

Committees of the Board

  • Advisory
  • Executive
  • Programming
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Special Events and Merchandising
  • Communications and Membership Outreach
  • Finance
  • Facilities
  • Policy and Personnel

About the Inc.
Hamilton Artists Inc. artist run centre, is guided by a series of objectives, which help shape the mandate and vision, direct policies, and drive programming and community activities. Short and long-term goals are set for each programme and are designed to meet objectives and activities, which are evaluated regularly to maintain relevance within national dialogues and engage audiences.

Hamilton Artists Inc.’s objectives are categorized and met through:
Artistic Advancement; Audience Development and Retention; Organizational Leadership and Innovation; Community and Education Outreach

Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is committed to the presentation of contemporary art and related cultural practices. The Inc. facilitates a national dialogue surrounding issues in contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, performances, education and outreach projects. The Inc. actively engages in community arts programming and educational initiatives that represent the cultural life in our city and beyond.

The Inc. is dedicated to upholding professional standards for artists and pays CARFAC fees for exhibitions and activities presented in and through our main exhibition space.  As a member-driven organization, we also provide an accessible and inclusive forum to address the social and professional needs of artists through workshops, lectures and our dedicated Members’ Gallery and Resource Centre.


  • To become a prime destination for Contemporary Art in Southern Ontario.
  • To establish a bilingual publication programme.
  • To be responsive to evolving Contemporary Art practices through our interdisciplinary presentation spaces — Cannon Gallery, Cannon & James Wall Projects, and Inc Outdoor Courtyard.
  • To support and empower artistic experimentation, research, and expanded art practices.
  • To develop and support platforms for critical discourse.
  • To foster collaborative partnerships with organizations and institutions, whose aims reflect and complement or challenge our vision.
  • To provide opportunities for learning and engagement for visitors and viewing audiences.
  • To provide and champion engaging learning and professional opportunities to local and regional community audiences.

How to Apply
Interested individuals are asked to submit their resume and a letter of intent in person, by email with subject line as Board Member Application to: 
Applications will remain open until the positions have been filled.  

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