Local Spot: The Art Gallery of Hamilton "AGH"
Rebekka Gondosch | Reporter
Location: 123 King Street West, Hamilton
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11-6, Thursday 11-8, Saturday and Sunday 12-5. Closed on Mondays with the exception of select holidays. The first Friday of every month is free. Admission to the AGH is FREE to full time Redeemer students courtesy of RBC, the gallery's Audience Development Partner!
Must-See: Kim Adams: Bruegel-Bosch Bus permanent installation. Adams is a Canadian artist and this installation is one you won’t soon forget!
Whether you are an art student, an art enthusiast, or a curious explorer, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is a must-see establishment. In south-western Ontario the AGH is both the oldest public art gallery, having opened in 1914, and the biggest. It houses over 10,000 works of art, with both Canadian and International works.
Are You Experienced? is the AGH’s current exhibit, which features international artists and focuses on appealing to all the senses while rupturing assumptions of what art is. The pieces range from large scale installations to multi-media works. The exhibition encourages audience involvement with immersive experiences of art. The exhibition runs until January 3rd 2016 and is available free to AGH members (only $30.00 for a student yearly membership or $8.00 for the exhibit).
In addition to this collection, the AGH also has a FREE exhibit called Art for a Century: 100 for the 100th which showcases art from the gallery’s permanent collection. After viewing the exhibits, the gallery welcomes you to browse the gift shop or visit the Horse and Train Bistro. Prefer a more personal venue? The AGH also has their Design Annex, a creativity lab on 118 James Street North which showcases experimental works in a smaller space.
The AGH not only has a renowned art gallery but also holds AGH talks, art classes, tours, youth events, an upcoming book club, special events, and afternoon tea! This month the gallery hosts the 7th annual AGH BMO World Film Festival from October 16-25. The festival consists of 35 internationally acclaimed films at various local venues.
1960s Volkswagen bus, figurines, mixed media
Acquired with the assistance of the York Wilson Endowment Award at The Canada Council for the Arts and with funds from The E. Muriel Baker Estate, The Russell Nelson Eden Estate and The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, 2001. Photo: Mike Lalich