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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The Agnes Society

The Agnes Society comprises members who want to actively contribute to the gallery’s work. Volunteer teams support and expand the gallery’s program capacity and outreach, enhancing its reference resources, financial health and social energy. Contact the Director to explore a role in this group.

Community Docents

Agnes is looking for enthusiastic individuals who would like to join our Community Docent team! Community Docents are part of a creative team that engages 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. Experience working with children and/or adults is an asset.

Community Docents volunteer for tours and programs that take place on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Agnes supports Community Docent learning and mentorship at monthly two-hour meetings that focus on skills and techniques for being an effective docent, with an emphasis on accessibility, equity and inclusion.

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Queen's Students

We welcome Queen’s students, undergraduate or graduate, who want to gain arts experience through volunteering. Whether you are interested in research, want to be involved behind-the-scenes, or enjoy working with the public, there is an opportunity for you.

Apply to become a Student Docent by 8 September 2021. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Student Docents deliver educational school programs for students in grades 1–8; this includes a gallery tour and an art activity. Please note, the fall 2021 school program and student docent training may be delivered online.

The Student Docent program offers a great opportunity for students to engage with the Kingston and surrounding community, increase their knowledge, work in a team environment and hone all-important presentation skills.

Celebrating Student Docents

As part of Queen’s 175th anniversary in 2016, we celebrated the student volunteer docents at the heart of our outreach programs through a series of profiles. About 690 Queen’s students from a range of disciplines have participated since 1980. For this project, we invited past docents to share their stories and reflect on their experience at Agnes. We are grateful to Stefanie Turmel, a former student docent, for her help with the project.

For 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: 14 September 2021 and 14 January 2022

  • The 2021–22 program is open from June 2021 until 14 January 2022
  • Artists no longer need to apply before their exhibition start date. For the 2021–22 program, applicants may apply for exhibitions that start on or after 15 January 2021.
  • Photo printing is now an eligible expense.
  • Virtual/online exhibitions are eligible if presented by a gallery/museum or other professional exhibition platform. Self-presented virtual exhibitions are not eligible. 

For program guidelines, click here. For specific application inquiries, contact Jacqueline Bell at jacqueline.bell@queensu.ca

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