This Week at Agnes

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Historical Costume Ball Drag Show
Fashion Pageant Spectacular

25 January, 7–10 pm

This event launches the Patterns for All Bodies project in a particularly fabulous way.

On 25 January, Kingston’s Dare de LaFemme, Tyffanie Morgan and Rowena Whey showcase—with emphasis on the word *show*—their bespoke garments. We unveil the behind-the-scenes process and launch the first patterns for free download in a new online exhibition on Digital Agnes. PfAB will continue to grow with more patterns, performances, and resources over the years. Come costumed up and get ready to mingle or dance! RSVP >

This event also launches a weeklong series of activities, in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s University.

Behind-the-scenes during a fashion photoshoot with Bernard Clarke and drag performers Dare DeLaFemme, Rowena Whey and Tyffanie Morgan. Video still: Danuta Sierhuis

Film Screenings and a Conversation

My Storytime, with Jas Morgan and Tyffanie Morgan

27 January, 2–4:30 pm

Join us for screenings of Kingston Is Burning (1995, dir. James Fowler, 22 mins) and Miss Tyffanie: Extreme Close-Up (2008, dir. Sandra Jass, with Jessica Lindal & Matt MacLellan, 17 mins). Following the screenings, stay for in-person conversations with Jas Morgan and Tyffanie Morgan, as they look back at the making of the films and reflect on drag history, fashion performance and queer activism in Kingston. Drag artists and community members are invited to attend and share their stories too. Snacks will be served. Sign up >

Free and open to the public. Partner: Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s University.

Film still from Miss Tyffanie: Extreme Close-Up (2008, dir. Sandra Jass, with Jessica Lindal & Matt MacLellan).

You Ain’t “Scared of Me” … You Hate Me
with Dr Tommy Mayberry

29 January, 12–2 pm

An Academic Drag Queen’s Critical Race Theory-Informed Response to Today’s Dragphobia and Transphobia. Free and open to the public.  Sign up >

Supported by the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitorship, Queen’s University. Partner: Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Courtesy of Dr Tommy Mayberry

Special Edition

Creation Station (for all families) with Abby Nowakowski and Dare de LaFemme

28 January, 2–4 pm

Registration is full for this free studio program designed to give all families with children ages 2+ an exploratory art experience. Hear a Drag Artist Dare de LaFemme read a story. Tell your own story. And make your own family storybook. Featuring Knifey Spooney treats!

Partners: Kingston Frontenac Public Library and Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s University

Portrait of Dare de LaFemme. Photo: Becky Hinch Photography

Artist Residency: Wee Bit Off Centre Workshop with Tear Jerkers

Re rejection

18 January, 6–8:30 pm

Re rejection is a workshop for thinking what we want from rejections. Participants bring their professional and romantic-or-otherwise-interpersonal rejections to the workshop, where we collectively “annotate” them.  Participants can choose to perform or have their annotated rejection performed at future Wee Bit Off Centre programs. Tear Jerkers is a collaboration between Michelle Bunton and GHY Cheung. Sign up (free!) >

Image courtesy of Tear Jerkers.

Poetry and spoken word workshop series

From the Hearth with Billie the Kid
and Mandy Wilson

21 January, 18 February, 17 March, 2–4 pm

In January we take our inspiration from visiting the exhibitions on view at Agnes. After our visit, we’ll learn about and write a poetic form specifically relating to visual artwork, called ekphrastic poetry. Billie the Kid and Mandy Wilson guide both new and experienced poets through the art of storytelling and finding an individual voice that celebrates collective memory and belonging.
All are welcome and no experience is required. Register for individual workshops, or join the full series. 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

Workshops in mindfulness

Add some art and well-being to your week!

Creative Movement
23 January, 27 February and 26 March, 10:30–11:30 am
A mindful movement class with Amy Booth.
Learn more >

Deep Looking: Who is Belle Island?
27 January, 1:15–2 pm
Take time to slow down and deeply observe works in the exhibition Who is Belle Island?  Guided by Agnes docents, this contemplation practice allows for relaxation and new insights.
Learn more >

Art Hive @Agnes
Thursdays, 11 January–14 March, 4­–6 pm
Get creative in the Studio!
Sign up >

Installation view of Billie Kearns (aka Billie the Kid) and Jill Glatt, Who is Belle Island?, 2023, dye (buckthorn bark, berries, and leaves) and ferrous sulfate on reclaimed fabric. Collection of the artists.

Artist Joan Scaglione at the Exhibition Celebration. Photo: Tim Forbes

Looking Ahead

Artist Talk with Joan Scaglione

3 February, 1–2:30 pm with reception to follow
Sign up >

The Studio Workshops

Depicting Drapery with Emebet Belete
17 February, 1:30–4:30 pm
Register ($25) >

Fabric Dyeing with Buckthorn with Jill Glatt
25 February, 1:30–4:30 pm
Register ($25) >

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Canada K7L 3N6
T (613) 533.2190
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Agnes Etherington Art Centre is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.


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