Your hosts, Rose and Laura, tackle big questions about all things art through interviews with your favourite artists and arts workers. Need inspiration for your next painting? Or help managing your money between gigs? This podcast is for you. Season two premieres February 15th. 



Season 2 of the Why Art Podcast airs on the 1st and 15th of every month starting February 15th, 2021. Listen here or click below to subscribe wherever you like to listen.



The Why Art Podcast premiered in June 2020 as a Hamilton Arts Week signature event with eight episodes airing over eight days to overwhelming audience support and enthusiasm.


Season one guests included dancer and choreographer Mayumi Lashbrook, educator Rebekka Gondosch, ceramic artist Emma Smith, storyteller Karen Ancheta, hip-hop dancer Josh Taylor, painter Jody Joseph, poet John Terpstra, and conductor Gemma New. 

Season two premieres on February 15th and along with interviews with Canadian arrtists, alternating 'How Art' episodes will feature disucssions on important artist life topics, like finances and wellness. 

The Why Art Podcast is hosted by Hamilton artists Rose Hopkins and Laura Welch. Scroll over their photos below to learn more.

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Rose is a theatre-maker and producer. Her work has been featured at Frost Bites, Supercrawl, In The Soil, Women's Work, and others. She is currently in residence with St. Catharine's Suitcase-in-Point, working on an immersive, at-home piece, Celebrations, coming June 2021.




Laura is an actor and producer. She is the artistic director of Light Echo Theatre and the safe space coordinator for Industry. Recent projects include The Vagina Monologues (Light Echo Theatre), The Team (Theatre Aquarius), and The Holiday Radio Plays (Rooks Theatre).



Exposure doesn't pay bills! We believe that artists should get paid for their time, and that includes time spent appearing on the podcast. As we grow our audience and work towards making this project as sustainable as possible, we're relying on community support to help us as we go. Any contributions are so appreciated and we would love to acknowledge you or your business in whatever way works for you. You can donate by clicking the button, or send us an email by using the form below. Please note that at this time, we're unable to issue charitable receipts.



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