Featured Talks

Join us for the PLUS talks series, focusing on the Canadian contemporary art scene.

1. Perspective from the inside - Friday May 19, 1-2PM, Cotton Factory, Hamilton

When visiting local or international museums and galleries, do you ever wonder how all the art got there in the first place? Join our panelists of curators and directors as they share their experiences on how the process works in determining a collection or exhibition.

Alana Traficante: Acting Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Traficante holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College, Peterborough.

Carol Podedworny: Director and Chief Curator, McMaster Museum of Art.
Podedworny holds a master's degree in museology (University of Toronto) and art history (York University). She has worked in the Canadian arts community since 1982 and serves on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries; She is also a member in good standing of the Organization of Museum Art Directors of Canada (ORMAC) and the University / College Art Gallery Association of Canada (UCAGAC).

Caitlin Sutherland: Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc.
Caitlin Sutherland is an independent curator and art critic based in Hamilton, ON. Currently, she is Programming Director at Hamilton Artists Inc., an artist-run centre. Her academic background is in criticism, curatorial practice, and museum studies and management from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto.

FREE with admission

2. The Role of the Media - Saturday, May 20 at 1-2PM, Cotton Factory, Hamilton

Being an artist is one component of a larger equation, which includes the media. What role does it play in the artist's career? From print to online, we explore the minds of those who see what others will see.

Sam Mogelonsky: AKIMBO
Mogelonsky specializes in promoting the visual arts, combining her art-world wisdom with her marketing and sponsorship acumen. She is presently the Director of Sales and Business Development for Akimbo Art Promotions - a Toronto-based online company that promotes contemporary visual art, video, new media and film locally, nationally and internationally. She has worked with arts organizations including The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Mercer Union, the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, the Red Head Gallery, the Union Gallery and Rearview Project(s). Sam is also a practicing artist and holds an MFA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and a BFA from Queen's University, with exhibits across Canada and internationally.

Sky Goodden: Editor MOMUS
Goodden is the founding editor of Momus, an international online art publication that stresses a return to art criticism. It has attracted over 500,000 readers, and regularly publishes some of the world's most highly-regarded critics. Momus has been praised by peer publications and institutions including Frieze, The New Inquiry, artnet News, the College Art Association, and the LA Times. Goodden was the founding editor of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada, which she ran from 2011 to 2014. She has written for Modern Painters, Art + Auction, Canadian Art, the National Post, Art21, artnet News, and C Magazine. She holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which recently presented her with an Alumni of Influence Award, the "Trailblazer".

FREE with admission

3. How to fund a career in the arts - Saturday, May 20 at 3-4PM, Cotton Factory, Hamilton

One of the trickiest components of creating a thriving art career is funding. With both artist and grant administration representatives, we discuss that elephant in the room: how can you fund your art career?

Stephanie Vegh: Executive Director, Hamilton Art Council
Vegh studied Art and Comparative Literature at McMaster University before leaving for the Glasgow School of Art to complete her MFA.  She returned to Hamilton in 2007 where she continues to create art and write essays and reviews for various galleries and publications in Canada and the United Kingdom while staying active in Hamilton’s arts community as a past Board member of Hamilton Artists Inc. and Centre 3 for Print and Media Arts (formerly The Print Studio) and her role as a member of the Supercrawl Curatorial Committee.  She is a two-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Project Grant and the 2016 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Arts Management.

Andrea Carvalho: Artist
Carvalho holds an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal QC. Her practice, while rooted in sculpture and installation, includes site-specific performance, and drawing that explores variable connections to place through the built environment, architecture, and notions of belonging. She has participated in several group exhibitions at Eastern Edge, Cambridge Galleries, Dare-Dare, Art-Mur, Burlington Arts Centre, as well as solo exhibitions at Forest City Gallery, and Latcham Gallery

FREE with admission

4. Fueling The Engine: How To Make Or Break Your Art Career - Sunday, May 21 at 10:30-11:30AM, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

The art world can be a tricky space to navigate. Artists and curators discuss about keeping one’s artistic integrity, selling work, and how not to piss people off.

David Liss: Curator MOCA Toronto
Liss is currently Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada and was Director and Curator from December 2000 through 2015. Arriving from Montreal with a vision to create a museum for contemporary art in Canada’s largest city, Liss evolved MOCA from modest beginnings in the Toronto suburb of North York, re-locating the museum to Queen St. West in 2005, and establishing its permanent facility in Toronto’s west end set to open Fall 2017.

Since the late 1980s he has organized, curated, contributed writing and developed interdisciplinary programs for numerous exhibitions in Canada and Internationally. David Liss is also a practicing artist in drawing, watercolour, collage and photography.

Bruce La Bruce: Filmmaker
Bruce LaBruce is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto who has had numerous gallery shows around the world, one of which titled Obscenity, a photography exhibit, caused a national ruckus in Spain.

LaBruce has been honoured with film retrospectives at both TIFF/Bell Lightbox, and at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. All of the films are part of MoMA’s permanent film collection.

LaBruce has recently completed three new films, a short entitled Refugee’s Welcome, a short feature called Ulrike’s Brain, and a feature entitled The Misandrists, all of which will be released in 2017

Presented by: The Gladstone Hotel
$10 online/at the door (includes free bus ride to Hamilton. Bus will leave at 12)

5. For the love of art! – Sunday, May 21 at 1-2PM, Cotton Factory, Hamilton

Is buying art about shopping or collecting? Investment or love? Maybe you’re a collector! Join Collector Bill Clarke and Curator Rafi Ghanaghounian as they discuss the fine art of collecting. What to look for and other secrets.

Bill Clarke: Art Collector, Associate Director at Angell Gallery
After his position as Production Manager with Canadian Art magazine ten years ago, Bill Clarke, armed with a modest salary and his passion for the art, has become the art collector of the common people. Clarke sets an example to all that you don’t have to have great wealth to collect art. Holding a simple mantra of “buy what you love”, Clarke has supported many artists both emerging and established.

Clarke has worked as former Executive Editor of Magenta Magazine, contributed to ARTnews, C Magazine and Canadian Art, and is former member of the Art With Heart selection committee and Casey House.

FREE with admission

6. How to protect yourself as an artist - Sunday, May 21 at 3-4PM, Cotton Factory, Hamilton

All artists want their artwork to be well known and prominent but what happens when you lose control of what is yours and you are faced with controversy? Whether the work is ‘borrowed’, stolen, misconstrued or undervalued we have experts discussing what you can do to protect yourself and reputation.

Stephen Henderson: Entertainment Law, Cassels Brock Laywers
Stephen Henderson is an associate in the Business Law Group. His practice involves a variety of intellectual property, entertainment and technology matters. Stephen has worked closely with clients in a number of entertainment-related industries including music, fashion, broadcasting, video games, gaming and social media.

Daniel Rechtshaffen: Criminal Defence Lawyer
Daniel Rechtshaffen represents clients in all manner of criminal proceedings. Being a supporter of the arts, Daniel has had the opportunity to represent many artists in their brushes with the law. Daniel also wrote the Legal Issues section of “Toronto Graffiti: The Human Behind The Wall, a comprehensive history of the Toronto Street Art movement."

FREE with admission