Search Type

Director’s Message

Photo: Tim Forbes

Our new season launched on  27 April with five new exhibitions: Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave; Gabrielle Kilian Sims: Hook; Artists at Work: Picturing Practice in the European Tradition; The Art of African Ivory; and the much-anticipated Charles F. Gibson: Events of a Military Life in Kingston. My thanks and congratulations to the artists and curators—including several guest curators—who have brought us these fine shows.

Changes, large and small, are underway at the Agnes as new  support transforms our capacity. At the beginning of 2018, the Agnes received a significant increase in annual funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. This thrilling affirmation of our program quality will profoundly enhance our  support for contemporary art and artists, building on last fall’s welcome increase in support from the Ontario Arts Council. In addition, we are tremendously grateful to have received two important philanthropic donations for research and strategic collection development in Indigenous art, and another targeted to enhance programs.

One of the immediate impacts of our new funding is extension of Thursday evening hours to 9 pm on a year-round basis. In addition, we’ve expanded our summer programs for children and youth, and are offering a range of new workshops this spring. Watch for more changes in the coming months!

For now, I invite you to make the most of your art museum by visiting often, taking part in programs, and sharing the exhibitions with your friends and visitors throughout the spring and summer.

Jan Allen, Director