The Pearl Company is an arts and performance facility in the heart of the Landsdale neighbourhood of downtown Hamilton.
Renovated in 2006 from a three-story brick factory building by musician Gary Santucci and arts activist Barbara Milne, the facility has devoted two of its three floors to the arts. In the past four years, The Pearl Company has launched a number of arts initiatives, including The Art Bus, the Opus Mundi Festival, many concerts and musical events, a number of theatre happenings, a script development series of workshops, and two outdoor festivals.
Over the years, Barbara and Gary together were given The City of Hamilton Arts Award 2008 for Lifetime Achievement; Gary has been the recipient of the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music 2004, and Barbara received The Woman of Distinction in the Arts for 2008.
Our Mandate is to:
-create a multi-disciplinary space that develops and presents works that draw on all the arts, including music, visual art, dance, film, spoken word and theatre
-make work that is multi-cultural, socially aware, politically engaged, and connected to Hamilton’s diverse communities
-foster work that is innovative, exhilarating, adventurous and accessible
-facilitate work that is carried out to the highest standard, with integrity, commitment and respect
-build a supportive technical infrastructure for the efficient and effective development of new work
-act as a catalyst to make connections between artists, to enable artistic collaborations
-honour its wide-ranging audiences, both young and old, in a warm, welcoming, affirmative atmosphere
-activate a positive arts atmosphere that relates to the Landsdale neighbourhood
-provide a "fun night out” .