This Week at Agnes

Public Reception

Exhibition Celebration

Friday 18 March, 7–9 pm

Don’t miss this occasion to come together and celebrate a suite of exhibitions including Chris Curreri: A Surrogate, A Proxy, A Stand-In; Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication; Shelby Lisk: Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you); History Is Rarely Black or White; Studies in Solitude: The Art of Depicting Seclusion and A guest + a host = a ghost.

Refreshments are available with remarks around 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to everyone. To monitor numbers, we ask you to please register.

Chris Curreri, No Tears For The Creatures of The Night (detail), 2021, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery

In the galleries

Shelby Lisk: Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you)

5 March–8 May 2022

Shelby Lisk is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and photographer with roots in Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) whose art practice is grounded in her connection to and place in the world as a Kanyen’kehá:ka woman.

Equal parts title and reminder, Lisk’s project centres women in her life who extend and continue to model an ethic of care. Initiated in spring 2021, during Ontario’s third lockdown, Lisk worked collaboratively with these women to design earrings that she subsequently beaded and gifted. The outcomes of this exchange are documented in a series of photographic portraits.

Curated by Michelle Bunton and Suzanne van de Meerendonk

Connected to Agnes’s Studios in Solitude micro-residency, this exhibition is supported by City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and Bader Legacy Fund.

Shelby Lisk, Sarah (detail), 2021, photograph. Courtesy of the artist

Thursday Tour / Last week to see!

History Is Rarely Black or White

17 March, 12:15–1 pm

This is the last week to see History Is Rarely Black or White (to 20 March 2022)! Join us for this free, in-person, lunch-hour tour led by our friendly Community Docents. Sign up.

The exhibition interrogates cotton garments in the Queen’s Collection of Canadian Dress and connects these materials to resource extraction, Indigenous displacement, enslaved labour and the Underground Railroad. History Is Rarely Black or White engages contemporary artists Karin Jones, Gordon Shadrach, and Damian Jöel to examine colonial history and envision a radically positive future.

Installation view of History Is Rarely Black or White. Photo: Paul Litherland


Canadian Art in Isolation with Tatum Dooley and Margaux Smith

Public Talk and Workshops

When lockdowns were first introduced in March 2020, Toronto-based duo artist Margaux Smith and writer Tatum Dooley initiated the Canadian Art in Isolation project, which donates artwork to seniors living in publicly funded long-term care residences. As part of a residency at Agnes, Margaux and Tatum deliver a public talk that reflects on the project’s impact and outcomes and considers the potentiality of art as care in relation to systemic loneliness. The talk is accompanied by two workshops that connect the art-making public to Kingstonians affected by isolation using a reciprocal ‘prompt and response’ method. Registration is required for all programs.  This program is connected to the exhibition Studies in Solitude: The Art of Depicting Seclusion on view through 26 June 2022.

Canadian Art in Isolation
Public Talk, In-Person and Online, 17 March, 6:30–7:30 pm

Art Hive
Workshop, In-Person, 17 March, 4–6 pm

Prompt and Response
Workshop, In-person, 18 March, 1–2 pm (for all ages)

Generously supported by the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund.

Tatum Dooley and a volunteer arranged work on a cart to be delivered to Fudger House.

Making Art Work: Professional Development Series

Talking about Artist Talks with Hiba Abdallah

Online, 15 March, 6–7:30 pm (ET)

In this professional development workshop, artist Hiba Abdallah walks us through the essentials of what goes into a meaningful artist talk and how to better structure our ideas. Sign up.

This program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and co-presented with Agnes, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery.

Portrait of Hiba Abdallah. Photo: Alicia Carrick

Art and Wellness

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes

Thursday 17 March, 4–5:30 pm

This is the final week of Virtual Art Hive (at least for now!)

Independently create while finding inspiration through weekly themes and conversations. Led by Harper Johnston. All levels of artistic experience are welcome.

Sign up.

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes

Intimate Guided Tour

Members’ Mondays

14, 21 and 28 March 2022

Enjoy a special members-only event and experience Agnes’s new 2022 exhibitions Chris Curreri: A Surrogate, A Proxy, A Stand-In, Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication and the continuing exhibition Studies in Solitude: The Art of Depicting Seclusion. Learn more.

Tom Thomson, Autumn Woods(detail), 1916, oil on wood panel. Gift of Margaret Botterell in memory of Dr Harry Botterell, 1998

Summer Camps

Agnes Art Camp

In-Person, 4 weeks in July, 9 am–4 pm

Save the date: camp registration and the bursary request form open on 21 March!

4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 July
9 am–4 pm
(before and aftercare is included, 8:30–9 am and 4–4:30 pm)
$265 (members $250)

Bursaries are made possible by the Rita Friendly Kaufman Fund.

Teen printmaking

Looking Ahead

Printmaking for Teens! with Abby Nowakowski

In-Person, Saturdays 2–23 April, 2–4 pm
Sign up (free)

Sculpting from the Body with Nicholas Crombach (SOLD OUT!)

In-Person, Thursdays, 7–28 April, 6:30–8:30 pm

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