Agnes's front facade during the Solstice Party.


Agnes is a key resource for engaging with the visual arts.

There are many ways to be involved:

  • Respond to a job posting.
  • Become a volunteer.
  • Enroll in an internship or practicum course as part of your degree at Queen’s University.
  • Submit a proposal for an exhibition or a program.
  • Apply for an OAC Exhibition Assistance grant for artists and craftspeople.
  • Become a member and/or a donor.

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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.

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Agnes is looking for enthusiastic individuals who would like to join our docent team! This year, we combined our student and community docents into a single program. Apply by 14 September 2023.

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Agnes Docent is a volunteer position at Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Docents are part of a creative team of students and community members that engage with the Kingston community and beyond. Docents work in a team environment where they can learn and talk about visual culture, artistic practice, art education and public speaking.

Docents provide welcoming access to Agnes programs and collections for diverse audiences. They facilitate participation and exchange and help to foster empowering relationships with art by:

• delivering educational school programs for students in grades 1–12 which include a gallery tour and an art activity;*
• conducting tours of Agnes for adults and community groups;
• participating in training and professional development meetings; and
• assisting with other special programs and projects as personal time permits.
*New docents primarily lead school programs. They deliver other programs as they gain experience.

Time requirements: Docents volunteer for tours and programs that take place on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Docents attend weekly two-hour training meetings on Friday afternoons (2:30–4:30 pm) from September to March (except student reading weeks and exam periods). Depending on scheduling, docents contribute approximately two additional hours every second week delivering and supporting Agnes programs.

Qualifications: We welcome all members of the community who are interested in and want to learn more about visual arts, creativity, education and public speaking. Experience working with children ages 6–13 is an asset. Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Agnes Docent

Laura Flemming and Hannah St. Lawrence lead a tour of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Laura Flemming and Hannah St. Lawrence lead a tour of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts. Photo: Garrett Elliott

For Artists and Professionals


Agnes Etherington Art Centre accepts exhibition and program proposals on an ongoing basis. These are reviewed periodically, according to our needs and on a two-to-three-year advance planning cycle. For consideration, submit a brief outline of your proposal and documentation by email under the subject line “Submission,” to the attention of the Director.

While proposals 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 we are able to pursue. See our Exhibition Policy.

Queen’s University faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to explore exhibition initiatives and contribute to programs. For information, see more.

oac exhibition assistance grants

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 will only have two application deadlines this year: 15 September 2023, at 1 pm ET and 12 January 2024, at 1 pm ET.

  • The 2023–24 program is open from early June 2023 until 16 January 2024
  • Artists no longer need to apply before their exhibition start date. For the 2023–24 program, applicants may apply for exhibitions that start on or after 13 January 2023.
  • Photo printing is now an eligible expense.

For program guidelines, click here. For specific application inquiries, contact Kate Ducharme at kate.ducharme@queensu.ca

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