This Week at Agnes

In the galleries

Ann Clarke: A Life in Motion

To 28 March 2024

With national and international exhibitions and publications, Ann Clarke’s record is significant, and she continues to paint today. This exhibition retrospective provides an opportunity, in the stillness of a gallery, to look back at Clarke’s body of work and to reflect on her distinctive contributions to the field, as one of Canada’s leading abstract painters for the last half-century.

Don’t miss the Artist Talk with Ann Clarke on 2 March, 1–2:30 pm. Sign up to save your spot >

We are proud to announce that J.J.M. Investment Group CIBC Wood Gundy is the sponsor for Agnes’s exhibitions and related programs this season.

Ann Clarke, “Big River,” 2020, acrylic and collage on canvas, diptych. Photo: Paul Litherland

Art and well-being

Art Hive @Agnes

In-Person Thursdays, to 14 March, 4­–6 pm

Artmaking is innately therapeutic and can improve general well-being. We invite adults 16+ to join us and explore the creative process through experimentation and play. Art Hive is free; materials are provided. If you are looking for guidance, Harper Johnston, art therapist and facilitator, is onsite to offer support through suggestions, encouragement and a weekly guided activity. Sign up >

Art Hive at Agnes, 2024. Photo: Garrett Elliott

The Studio

Depicting Drapery with Emebet Belete

17 February, 1:30–4:30 pm

Join artist Emebet Belete as she discusses her work in the exhibition Turned Back: Filaments of Renewal and leads a workshop on drawing and painting drapery, taking inspiration from Ethiopian textiles. All materials are included in the workshop fee. Register ($25) > Apply for a bursary >

Emebet Belete, Enkutatash #12, 2015, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Poetry Workshop

From the Hearth
with Billie the Kid and Mandy Wilson

Off-site at Kingston Forest & Nature School, 18 February, 2–4 pm

From the Hearth is an in-person poetry and spoken word workshop series, led by Billie the Kid and Mandy Wilson, that expands our circles of care to embrace the journeys, stories and connections we share as humans. Curated by Qanita Lilla.

This week’s workshop is held at Kingston Forest & Nature School at 3711 Highway 38 (if you’re using Google Maps, use County Road 38 instead of Highway 38).

All are welcome and no experience is required. Participants can sign up for individual workshops, or join the full series.

From the Hearth met at KILN in November for a walk in nature. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Tour and Studio Activity

Making Home:
A Love Letter to Katarokwi-Kingston

In-Person at Agnes, 22 February, 7 March and 21 March, 6–7:30 pm

We invite folks 16+ to reflect on place, and the concept of making home, as we observe and explore artworks in Agnes’s current exhibitions. Led by Agnes docents this program includes a 45-minute tour and a 45-minute artmaking activity. Sign up >

The docent program is generously supported by the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.

Installation view of Frank De Sa’s, De, 2023, laser-cut aluminum, crocheted textile and artificial flowers. Photo: Tim Forbes

Deep Looking

Jay Bridges: Hidden in Plain Sight

24 February, 1:15–2 pm

Take time to slow down and deeply observe works in the exhibition Jay Bridges: Hidden in Plain Sight. Guided by Agnes docents, this contemplation practice allows for relaxation and new insights. Sign up (free) >

The docent program is generously supported by the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.

Jay Bridges, Buddy Burger, 2021, Pentax 67, Cinestill 800T

Digital Agnes: Artists at Agnes


Kingston Canadian Film Festival, 1 March, 9:30 pm

Braden Dragomir of Untold Storytelling worked alongside artist Winsom Winsom to explore her practice as a spiritually informed multi-media artist. This film is part of Kingston Canadian Film Festival’s Local Shorts on 1 March, 9:30 pm at the Baby Grand Theatre. Get your tickets >

Artists at Agnes spotlights the work of artists represented in Agnes’s collection.  Read more about what’s coming! >

Behind-the-scenes filming with Untold Storytelling and Winsom Winsom. Courtesy of Untold Storytelling.

For kids!

Agnes Art Camp 2024

Off-site at Stirling Hall, Monday–Friday, 8–12 July, 15–19 July, 22–26 July, 29 July–2 August, 12–16 August, 8:30–4:30 pm

Save the date! Registration opens on 21 February at 10 am. Need a bursary? Bursary applications are available on 12 February 2024.

We have five weeks of Agnes Art Camp planned for children ages 6–8 and 9–12. New activities are planned for each week including sculpture, painting, print-making, collage and more. This summer, camps are off-site at Stirling Hall (64 Bader Lane) as the Agnes Reimagined project is underway.

Agnes Art Camp, 2023. Photo: Tim Forbes

JP Longboat’s performance Relighting the Fires—a place of an ancestral Haudenosaunee Longhouse at Fort Frontenac on Thanksgiving Day. Photo: Sunny Kerr

Looking Ahead

People’s Symposium

Restorative Relationships with Land, Community and Archives
In-Person at the Great Lakes Museum, 55 Ontario St, Kingston
29 February, 9 am–4:30 pm
Sign up, space is limited. Free; all are welcome!
Learn more >

Open Secret

Screenings, Conversations + Workshops with Jennifer Smith and Jennifer Dysart
29 February + 1, 2 March 2024
Learn more >

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