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The Agnes is a key resource for engaging with the visual arts, for research and experiential learning, many forms of participation and exchange. There are many ways to be involved:

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Academic Outreach. Photo: Tim Forbes

Connecting people with art is at the heart of what we do.

Agnes is hiring a part-time receptionist!

Job Type: Casual
Salary: $14.60/hour (~12 hours/week, broken down to 2–3 shifts) Start Date: 14 January 2019
Application deadline: 3 January 2019

Job Description:
The Receptionist is the initial and typically the sole point of contact between Agnes Etherington Art Centre and its visitors. Maintaining the highest standards of courtesy, efficiency, service and security is critical to the Agnes’s public face and reputation. The part-time Receptionist (~12 hours per week) supports the smooth operation of the Front Desk, including visitor services, admissions, mailings, and assigned administrative tasks. The Receptionist also assists in the staging, monitoring and clean-up of special events and a variety of other duties as needed. We are open holiday Mondays in the summer.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research-intensive art museum centrally located on the campus of Queen’s University. It illuminates the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present through year-round programs of exhibitions and outreach activities staged across eight beautiful galleries, the Biéler Studio, and assorted public spaces including the historic Etherington House.

Summary of key qualifications:                                                                                                                                   

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly with visitors and staff, both in person and on the telephone;
  • Ability to follow instructions effectively;
  • Independent problem-solving and decision-making skills are assets;
  • The capacity to pay close attention to detail, complete work in a meticulous and accurate manner, and the ability to multitask effectively;
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), cash registers and fax machines are all assets;
  • Familiarity with video surveillance monitoring an asset;
  • Knowledge of French and/or other languages is an asset;
  • Interest in visual art

Satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening required.

Apply via email. Please send the following: Cover letter, résumé with email address, work-study entitlement amount (if applicable) and commitment/class schedule. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

Kate Ducharme | Visitor Services Assistant
Agnes Etherington Art Centre | t 613.533.2190  |

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Internships and Practicum Course

We accept internship proposals from students in post-secondary credit programs: contact the relevant staff to explore the possibilities.

Queen’s University courses are available: an Internship through Art History (ARTH 395), and Practica for graduate students through Art History (ARTH 880) and Cultural Studies (CUST 895). These intense hands-on applied learning and research opportunities are led by Agnes staff members who are faculty in the respective departments. Learn more.

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The Agnes Etherington Art Centre accepts exhibition and program proposals on an ongoing basis. These are reviewed periodically according to our needs. We normally plan exhibitions two to three years in advance. For consideration, submit a brief outline of your proposal and documentation by email under the subject line “Submission,” flagged to the attention of the Director, While submissions are a valued part of our research―ensuring our awareness of emerging artists, new work, innovative presentation formats, and scholarship―only a small percentage of proposals can be realized. Due to the volume of submissions, we may respond only to those aligned with our research direction and capacity. See our Exhibition Policy.

Queen’s University faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to explore exhibition initiatives. For information about ways to be involved in our programs, see more.

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OAC Exhibition Assistance Grants

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a Recommender for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants program. We invite visual, media and craft artists living in eastern Ontario (Region 4) to apply for financial assistance for costs related to a confirmed upcoming exhibition.

Agnes reviews applications twice a year. Our 2018–2019 deadlines are: 31 July 2018 and 4 January 2019
We continue to accept applications between February and May.

Click for program guidelines and the 2018–2019 application form.


  • The application form is now exclusively in Nova. OAC no longer accepts applications on paper (some exceptions may apply.)
  • The maximum grant has been increased to $2,000.
  • Applicants can submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications at a time.

For specific application inquiries, contact Jacqueline Bell at or (613) 533.2190.

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