Arts & Cultural Organizations
Art Gallery of Bancroft
The Art Gallery of Bancroft (AGB) is located in the town of Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. Completely run by dedicated volunteers, the AGB mounts 12 exhibitions per year celebrating the work of local and regional artists and artisans. These exhibitions include the popular annual "Juried Show"; the annual student show displaying the work of four regional high schools. The gallery gift shop displays the paintings and fine crafts of area artists and the AGB boasts a permanent collection including some of Ontario's finest artists. New volunteers are always welcomed as are submissions by new artists.
10 Flint Avenue
Summer: Wednesday to Friday 12pm to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm
Off season: Closed on Sunday
Algonquin Arts Council
The Algonquin Arts Council strives to encourage the realization of the full artistic potential of the community by developing, stimulating, and improving the knowledge, understanding, and practice of the arts. By protecting and promoting the mutual interests of the membership, the AAC works to enrich the cultural life of the community and increase the accessibility of the arts. The AAC is available to advise and co-operate with all authorities, government departments, and other bodies on matters of the arts and to affiliate with other organizations concerned with the arts. The AAC is grateful to accept donations, gifts, legacies, and bequests to further the development of the arts in North Hastings and surrounding areas.
Bancroft Arts & Crafts Guild
The Bancroft Arts and Crafts Guild, a member of the AAC, hosts two annual shows. Thousands of visitors come to check out our summer show in Millenium Park in Bancroft during the long weekend in August which features up to 60 vendors and live music on stage all weekend. Our Christmas show is smaller and is held during November in Bancroft.
Bancroft Theatre Guild
The Bancroft Theatre Guild, a member of the AAC, has been providing the North Hastings region with high-quality community theatre for more than thirty years. From its beginnings in the early 1970s as the Bancroft Little Theatre, the Guild has grown and thrived through the years.
Youth in Action
Youth in Action are a local committee of youth who identify gaps in the community for youth and actively support and create projects that fill the gap. We provide youth dances, summer movies and are actively involved in many community development projects.
Find us on Facebook!
same contact info as Celebrate Youth Movement (above)
North Hastings Quilt Club
Our members represent quilters who have been creating for decades as well as beginners who are just learning to sew. We have approximately 40 members. New members are always welcome.
“We are a community of quilters with varied skills, sharing and inspiring the art of quilting through mutual support and encouragement.”
We offer workshops on new and old techniques, bring in guest teachers, lecturers and make use of the tremendous talent in our community.
Quilting in the Community:
Our “Community Quilts”, hand quilted during our “quilting bees” at Riverstone Retirement Residence, raise funds for local initiatives. Our Community Quilts are often raffled to earn funds for local organizations. Proceeds from our raffles have sponsored the Childrens’ programs at the local Libraries, Social Justice Syrian, TROUT, the Hospital Auxiliary and Hospice North Hastings. NHQC also creates quilts for on-going donations to local families facing tragedies.
Contact: Mary Wilson President, 705-448-3139
Performing Arts Bancroft
Performing Arts Bancroft is the longest-standing programming committee of the Algonquin Arts Council. It's mandate has been to bring excellent quality music, dance and comedy to the community of Bancroft. Traditionally in the Fall, Winter and Spring, PAB's first season was in 1979-80. Since then, Performing Arts Bancroft has brought a diverse collection of fine artists to the community including Sylvia Tyson, Famous People Players, The Hamilton Philharmonic, Maureen Forrester, Climax Jazz Band, Hagood Hardy, Valdy, Nancy White, John Allan Cameron, Sneezy Waters, Elya in Taussig, Don Harron & Catherine McKinnon, Colleen Peterson, Ken Whitely, The Elmer Isler Singers, Lorne Elliott, JP Cormier, Cadence, Trio Lyra, Ballet Creole, True North Brass, Adi Braun, Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, Israelievitch Duo, Bellissima Ringers, the Arrogant Worms and David Francey. Performing Arts Bancroft has been pleased to call the wonderful Bancroft Village Playhouse 'home' in recent years, and many of its artist have raved about the venue as an outstanding performance space, with a unique opportunity for audience interaction.
A Place for the Arts
A Place for the Arts is a new c0o-operative of artists in North Hastings. It includes a shop and studios located at 23E Bridge Street West in Bancroft.
The Shop features the work of the co-op's visual artists, while the studio spaces provide a place for members to work on projects independently, and together. It is intended to be a gathering place for our community of artists where they can socialize, collaborate and share the ideas that feed a creative spirit.
Since Opening Day, July 24, 2014, the members have been working and growing. The co-op is currently 85 members strong. There are 19 artists exhibiting and selling work in the Shop, and 13 artists who are working onsite. Another 55 Community Members are involved in planning, support and events.
There are different forms of membership suited to the different ways of using the space. Anyone interested in the co-operative is invited to inquire and further information will be provided. Or, if you simply love art, please drop by and enjoy what is currently on display in our Shop. If you would like to hear about upcoming events, "like" A Place for the Arts on Facebook or join our email list by signing up at the Shop.