For Immediate Release: Inaugural “Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program” Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release:

Hamilton Artists Inc.: A launchpad for exceptional emerging artists.

Hamilton, February 24, 2016: Hamilton Artists Inc. launches artist in residence program in new satellite space generously gifted through a new partnership with The Cotton Factory.




Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) is pleased to announce the Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program as part of a new partnership with The Cotton Factory at 270 Sherman Ave North. The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program is a 3-month rotating artist residency for Inc. members as well as recipients of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s Award for Distinction from the McMaster Studio Art Program, who are gifted the space for one year following graduation.

The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program, builds on an exciting partnership struck in 2015 between the Cotton Factory and Hamilton Artists Inc., where the Cotton Factory generously donated a shared studio space to Ignition Award recipients for one year following their graduation from the McMaster Studio Art Program. This year, the Cotton Factory and Hamilton Artists Inc. will further support emerging artists embarking on their professional careers, by expanding the program to include rotating artists in residence as well as planned use of the space as a platform to program exciting auxiliary events such as workshops, artists talks, critique nights and reading groups for Hamilton’s thriving artistic community.

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the residency, Adrienne Spier and Singithi Kandage who will occupy the space from February through April, 2016. Spier is a multidisciplinary artist who works with discarded and unwanted materials and will undertake two new bodies of work while in the space. Kandage will be setting up a “pop-up mint” in order to administer her artists’ time bank project, a skill share initiative which creates non-traditional forms of wealth for creative people. Spier and Kandage will both host artist talks/workshops (dates tbc) throughout, as well as culminate the experience with an open studio exhibition.

This year’s Ignition Award recipients, Abedar Kamgari, DB Kellam and Lydia Santia will take possession of the studio in May of 2016, following graduation. Throughout their residency, these artists will hold workshops, artist talks and open studios, and will receive valuable mentorship opportunities through additional artists in residence who will share the studio with them, including Inc. members and visiting artists from across Canada. The gift of this studio space from the Cotton Factory will help to ignite these emerging artists’ professional practices, allowing them to immerse themselves within a seminal hub of artistic activity while benefiting from the collegial atmosphere at the Cotton Factory through fellow tenants and studio mates.

“We are excited to have access to the Hamilton arts community in a professional context- this is an amazing opportunity for us to really launch our practices.” – Lydia Santia

The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program provides a valuable opportunity for artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice. Participating artists are encouraged to use their time to experiment, develop new ideas and learn new skills in addition to forming meaningful ties with their fellow artists in residence, Cotton Factory tenants, and Inc. members. Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to thank the Cotton Factory for its demonstrated, ongoing commitment to fostering emerging artist practices as well as their continued contribution to Hamilton’s flourishing contemporary art community.





About Hamilton Artists Inc.
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.





About the Cotton Factory
The current use of this former industrial building is a fine example of adaptive reuse. In the heart of lower Hamilton, the facilities at 270 Sherman Avenue North have been transformed into a creative industries complex, with space for workshops and small manufacturing, office space for creative professionals, and studios for artists.

About the Ignition Award
One of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s primary objectives as an artist-run centre is to support artists at all levels of their careers, and to empower their artistic expression and research. In the Ignition Awards exhibition, the exhibition space becomes the point from which each of these emerging artists can begin to launch their professional practice, the presentation of their work acting as the vehicle through which audiences can engage with the idea of activating or igniting the imagination, within a critical, multi-layered experience. Established in 2013 by former staff member and McMaster graduate, Reg Gilmore, in association with the Studio Art Program at McMaster University, the Hamilton Artists Inc. Ignition Award for Distinction in the McMaster Studio Art Program, honours exceptional graduating students with the opportunity of a professional exhibition at Hamilton Artists Inc., certificate of distinction, cash honorarium and a studio space for one year at the Cotton Factory following graduation.

For more information please contact:

Caitlin Sutherland, Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc.
Tel: 905 529 3355

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