Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, collecting and preserving works of art, and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies.
• To showcase the diversity of artistic production in a considered program of exhibitions, publications, programs and residencies that reflects and is relevant to the multiple contexts of our immediate and global locales, including the pedagogical context of Queen’s University and our uninvited presence on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek.
• To provide welcoming access to exhibitions, programs and collections for diverse audiences to experience the transformative power of art, empowering civic participation and fostering community well-being.
• To position the gallery as a cultural change leader and our work as social processes that deepen relations with Indigenous and racialized persons, building trust, advancing social justice and enacting the work of decolonization.
• To steward the physical integrity—and imaginatively extend the intellectual and cultural value—of significant art collections through innovative museological approaches and new curatorial practices, influencing a new generation of cultural leaders and scholars.
AGNES REIMAGINED VISION
Mobilizing the transformative power of art to create more equitable, inclusive and sustainable worlds.
Agnes Reimagined is a future-oriented facility that will:
• Centre the social impact and civic role of art;
• Work across multiple temporalities and diverse world views;
• Create deeper, more intimate and empowering relationships to art, artists and material culture;
• Enliven participation in and constitution of poly-vocal museology through research, exhibition, curatorial practice, and community engagement;
• Amplify our capacity to foster and relay intersectional connections across the disciplines and communities that converge when a public, university-affiliated art institution is both civically minded and pedagogically driven.