This Week at Agnes

Season’s Greetings from Agnes

Agnes started December with the opening of eight new exhibitions, record-breaking attendance at the reception and the Agnes Reimagined Sharing and Talking Circle led by KPMB Architects and RIEL Cultural Consulting! The galleries are open for you through 21 December.  We reopen following winter closure on 2 January 2024.

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Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator gives remarks at the Exhibition Celebration on 1 Dec 2023.

Derya Akay inhabits Etherington House

Artwork Becomes Dinner Party

On view through 21 December 2023

Derya Akay has been working on proliferating versions of tableware and cooking vessels while living in Kingston for most of fall 2023 as Agnes Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence. Inspired by the book Anatolian Dishes and Turkish Cuisine featuring regional recipes and illustrations of vernacular kitchenware of the early twentieth century, Akay’s bowls, plates and pots have emerged in various materials. Artwork Becomes Dinner Party, featuring sketches, studies and prototype vessels whose distinctive characteristics are created through crisscrossing traditional and digital media.

Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art

Supported by Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts. Derya Akay is represented by Unit 17, Vancouver.

Artwork Becomes Dinner Party, 2023, wood, ABS filament, metal, flowers and dinner. Photo: Garrett Elliott


From the Hearth
with Billie the Kid and Mandy Wilson

In-Person at Agnes, 17 December, 2–4 pm

From the Hearth is an in-person poetry and spoken word workshop series that expands our circles of care to embrace the journeys, stories and connections we share as humans. This series is facilitated by Billie the Kid who is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller in collaboration with Mandy Wilson, Community Connection Coordinator at Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest (KILN).  Sign up (free) >

From the Hearth met at KILN in November. Here Mandy shows seeds from a bur and discusses its value as a primary food source for chickadees.  Photo: Garrett Elliott

Sponsor Profile

CIBC Wood Gundy, The Johnson, Johnston and Macrae Investment Group

We are thankful to CIBC Wood Gundy, The Johnson, Johnston and Macrae Investment Group and CIBC Asset Management for their combined support of the final exhibitions in our current facility and, through this, their commitment to Kingston’s vibrant art scene. They have sponsored select programs at Agnes since 2022.

Moe Johnson of the Johnson, Johnston and Macrae Investment group gave remarks at the recent Exhibition Celebration on 1 December.

GOG Awards

Award-winning Agnes!

This year marked the 46th edition of the Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) awards, recognizing outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence across Ontario’s public art gallery sector.

On Saturday, 2 December 2023, professionals from across the sector gathered to celebrate the institutions and individuals nominated for the prestigious awards. Agnes took home three! Read more.

Pamila Matharu introduces her exhibition Where Were You in ‘92? during the Exhibition Celebration.


Call for co-directors of Wee Bit Off Centre residency

Apply by 17 December 2023

Tear Jerkers (Michelle Bunton and GHY Cheung) invite participants to join them as co-directors of Wee Bit Off Centre from 1 January to 31 March 2024. They welcome applications from any individuals and collectives committed to imagining futures of art institutions. You do not need to have an art practice or art-related work experience. Learn more >

Image courtesy of the artists.


Sharing our collection’s care

Agnes’s collections team has been diligently packing the collection for long-term storage. All 17,000 works need to be moved off-site during the construction of Agnes Reimagined, the new future-oriented facility. Updated condition reports are an excellent tool for understanding the artwork’s transportation and off-site storage needs.

Queen’s Art Conservation students Justina Hoi-Nam Yu, Tailor Choquette, Andreea Nita, Sophie Morris, Doris Fuller Ruiz and Travis Zuidema were able to hone their condition reporting skills through experiential learning and hands-on training and simultaneously make big impact for Agnes’s Collection team. They finished condition reports for nine paintings. Read more.

MAC Students condition reporting at Agnes. Photo: Gabriel Bevilacqua

Artist Abby Nowakowski tattoos a rose on Rowena Whey at Agnes.

Looking Ahead

See what we have planned for 2024!

Talks, Tours and Events >
Each season, we present a suite of artist, insider and specialist talks, tours and events that connect you with visual art and artists, and with one another.

Classes, Workshops and Camps >
Sparked by themes in current exhibitions, Agnes’s hands-on classes and workshops for children, youth, adults, families and communities offer accessible art experiences.

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