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Director’s Message

Jan Allen. Photo: Tim Forbes

FIRST THINGS FIRST: THE SPRING SEASON LAUNCH is on Friday 3 May.  I hope to see you there!

Four beautiful new exhibitions and programs for all ages are available for your enjoyment this summer. Agnes presents: the research-rich Puvirnituq Graphic Arts in the 60s (curated by Alysha Strongman); the imaginatively staged Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer; the immersive media world of Kingston artist Emily Pelstring’s Any Saint, and the raw, open and playfully discursive Let’s Talk About Sex, bb (by co-curators Carina Magazzeni and Erin Sutherland).

In the coming weeks, we will have a new Strategic Plan to guide our work through the next five years. The process of developing this has been fascinating and productive: thank you to all who informed a fresh vision for the future of the gallery. The level of engagement was tremendously encouraging, and the insights gained are pure gold.

REFLECTING THIS SEASON of growth and change, we are embarking on some small transformations at Agnes. We anticipate a notable addition to our collections, which, all being well, will be unveiled at the Season Launch. In the summer, we will install a striking commissioned work by Sandra Brewster in our Atrium, and we hope to complete a new Project Gallery in Etherington House. At the same time, we are progressing (pending provincial approval) toward the fall 2019 launch of an exciting graduate program in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies with Queen’s Department of Film and Media.

AT THE END OF 2018, the gallery lost a steadfast friend and supporter with the passing of Dr Alfred Bader. His passion for art was remarkable, and his generosity to Queen’s University and Agnes Etherington Art Centre is unparalleled.

Jan Allen, Director