Making a move, launching new art :) @cobaltconnects #hamont
Making a move
From years of transforming and managing spaces for artists and creative businesses, we know there’s an important relationship between the work people do, and where they do it. We’ve learned that the physical buildings that house cultural programming have the ability to alter people’s sense of a neighbourhood for the better. So, at CoBALT Connects, we’re thrilled to be taking on a project that involves a new space, a long-standing cultural institution, and tremendous opportunity for the city’s cultural community and culture lovers.
As of October, CoBALT will move its offices to 80 Queen Street South as it partners with the Players’ Guild of Hamilton to help it expand audiences, increase programming, and animate its facilities.
We’ll keep you posted about this exciting new venture as it develops. Check out our most recent blog postfor a background on how this partnership came to be. We also hope you’ll save the date of Sunday, September 7th when the Players’ Guild manor will be open to the public. Come out for a tour, take in excerpts of the Guild’s upcoming theatre season, and help us imagine the possibilities this space offers. More information here, and to follow closer to the date.
Art and About at the RBG
Last Thursday, we helped launch the International Sculpture Collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This is a project that’s been near-and-dear to CoBALT’s heart, and more than two years in the making. With donor Dan Lawrie’s vision and generosity, the RBG’s collaboration and beautiful setting, and CoBALT’s help managing the process, the first four pieces in the permanent collection have been installed for visitors to enjoy.
The first piece in a three-part sculpture by Edwin and Veronica de Nogales, who split their time between Ontario
and Barcelona, Spain
Over the next year, the collection will grow to include three more sculptures, each calling a different corner of the Hendrie Garden home. Unveiled on Thursday was Generations, which included the first of three pieces by Edwin and Veronica de Nogales, On the Wings of Love, by Washington artists Bob and Jo Wilfong, Rejoicing Family, by Taurai Mutigwa, which first appeared during the RBG’s ZimSculpt exhibit last summer, and Pollinizers, by local artist Dave Hind with the Aluminum Quilting Society.
Donor Dan Lawrie with Jeremy Freiburger, and Rejoicing Family in background
Start planning your next trip to the RBG to see these amazing works of art in person!
Worth a Watch
Check out CoBALT’s cultural strategist Jeremy Freiburger as he discusses Expressing Vibrancy. Thanks to the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development team for the interview!