The AGH Design Annex, its satellite location in the heart of the James Street North Arts District. The new facility, which opened last week will enable the AGH to introduce new and different types of programming to Hamilton.
“The Design Annex is a vital new branch of the Art Gallery of Hamilton,” said Louise Dompierre, President and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton. “Here, people will be able to see experimental exhibitions, and discover new products, many of which will be made by local artists and artisans. Musicians will break new ground. And, people and organizations will be able to enjoy the space as a backdrop to their own functions.”
The Design Annex is best defined as a creativity lab where experimental exhibitions are mounted and small, intimate performances are held
Grand Drape, the inaugural Design Annex exhibition on view until September 1, was created by the artists’ collective WE-3 who were invited to create a site-specific work for the first show. The exhibition, a 30-foot exposed brick wall hung with poly curtains was informed by the architecture of the building. The curtains are lasercut with a pattern inspired by the original tin ceiling. The piece is both an homage to local history and architecture, and an intriguing contribution to contemporary art and design.
Many of the materials used in the renovation of the Design Annex were donated by the Design Annex Launch Partners: American Standard, Sonic Unyon Records, TCA Thier + Curran Architects, Touch Communications, Turkstra Lumber, Gross Sales Architectural Lighting, Red Hill Toyota Scion, Painting-Canada, Belanger Engineering, Delso Group of Companies and Tomken Electrical.