Venue Rental

Thank you for considering renting the Hamilton Artists Inc.

At the intersection of James North and Cannon Streets, The Inc. is centered at the heart of the James Street Art District, a destination for Hamilton arts and culture. With over forty years of operation, the Inc. is an anchor for cultural activities in Hamilton, hosting thousands of visitors during monthly exhibitions and special events. The Inc. owns and operates out of a purpose-built facility, serving as a contemporary art gallery in a modern architectural setting.  Guests can explore and engage with artwork by local, Canadian and international artists.

The Inc. is an ideal location to host weddings, receptions, corporate events, meetings, film screenings, concerts, parties and more.  It is also available as a location for film shoots. The staff and volunteers at the Hamilton Artists Inc. are dedicated to assisting our clients host successful events. Proceeds from venue rentals support our ongoing exhibitions, programming and educational activities.

Facility Description
The facility is fully wheelchair accessible and features two interior gallery spaces: the Cannon Gallery (1100 square feet) and the James Street Gallery (495 square feet). There are two wheelchair accessible bathrooms and a kitchenette.  There is also an outdoor courtyard (1500 square feet) which is a fully accessible, programmable space for receptions, performances, film screenings and community projects.  To download our Facility Rental Guide, click here. For full venue information, please view our floorplan.

FAQ:

How much does it cost to rent the Inc.?
Our prices depend on a number of factors including: duration of event, space required, alcohol permits etc. For a personalized tour or quote, please contact Julie Dring, Executive Director at executive@theinc.ca or (905) 529-3355. Members of the Inc. receive 10% discount off our regular rental rates.

Can I rent the Inc. to exhibit my own artwork?
Unfortunately, our facility rentals are not for exhibiting artists. Please visit the submissions page of our website to learn more about exhibiting opportunities at the Inc.
I would like to serve alcohol at my event. Is this permitted in the gallery?
Yes, a special occasion permit can be purchased to allow for alcohol to be served in the facilities.
I would like to serve food at my event. Is this permitted in the gallery?
Yes, food can be served during events. Catering is the responsibility of the renter, including bringing in your own serve-ware. The Inc. has a small kitchenette available to keep foods refrigerated. All clean-up, both during and after the event, is the responsibility of the renter.
What kind of serve-ware should I use at my event?
Please be mindful of the Inc.’s Zero Waste Policy by choosing re-usable and/or compostable serve-ware at your event. Our kitchenette allows for dishware to be cleaned on-site.
What is the capacity of Hamilton Artists Inc.?
Our capacity is 111 persons.
I would like to rent the gallery for multiple days, maybe even a week. Is this possible?
Our facility is rented out around our programming schedule. Most or our rentals take place in the course of one day. To inquire about multi-day rentals, please contact us directly.

A horizontal panoramic view of the corner of Cannon Street East and James St North, with the Hamilton Artists Inc. building in the center. To the left, there is the Notre Dame House: a large brick building with a red awning. To the right, there are several storefronts extending further down James Street, under a canopy of trees. With its large glass windows and sleek exterior, the Inc. stands out from the surrounding buildings.An image of the stairs and ramp directly inside the Inc’s front entrance. The ramp is shallow and curved, and has a metal railing on both sides. Both the ramp and stairs lead to the Cannon and James Gallery. The ramp and James gallery have smooth concrete flooring. The Cannon gallery has laminate flooring with end cap molding at the entrance.

The Cannon Gallery installed with an assortment of artwork arranged in a salon-style spread. The Gallery walls extend to a ceiling constructed from dark wooden rafters. To the left, there is a hallway leading to the office and kitchen spaces.

Cannon Gallery – Swarm, annual members exhibition

The Cannon Gallery bustling with activity. There are several fold-out tables arranged in the Gallery, with all kinds of crafts being displayed, and colourful banners hanging from the rafters. To the right, there is the entrance to the Inc.’s courtyard space.

Cannon Gallery – Craftmart Market

A wide-angle shot of the James Gallery with bare walls. The floor is dark concrete. There are vents and track lighting that run along the ceiling, towards the front entrance. The street corner can be seen through the windows.

James Gallery

A wide-angle shot of the Cannon Gallery with bare walls. Light bounces off of the laminate floors, especially near the big windows at the front entrance of the building and the glass doorway leading to the courtyard.

Cannon Gallery

The Inc.’s courtyard, which is enclosed by red brick walls with layers of colourful graffiti on them. To the left, there are concrete flower boxes with wooden benches attached, and to the right is the office window. In the sky above, there is not a single cloud.

Courtyard

The courtyard at night, lit by strings of warm spherical lights attached to the walls on either side of the space. There is a film being projected, and a small crowd of people seated on folding chairs.

Courtyard – Film Screening

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