This Week at Agnes

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Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–4:30 pm; Thursday, open until 9 pm; Saturday–Sunday, 1–5 pm

This season is Agnes’s love letter to Kingston. It is written as a constellation of solo exhibitions, commissions and interventions that rightfully celebrate and elevate the culture and artists of our hometown. From a tattoo parlour to a mobile printing press; from retrospective to first-ever gallery exhibitions; from re-patterning Agnes’s historic dress collection in collaboration with members of the local drag community to tracing “hidden” histories alongside Black protagonists of Kingston’s past and present, these hyper-local projects participate in the range of cultural production that enlivens this place. Visit soon!

Joan Scaglione, Shifting Realities (detail), 2023, mixed media. Photo: Tim Forbes

Deep Looking

Turned Back: Filaments of Renewal

In-Person, 9 January, 12:15–1 pm

Take time to slow down and deeply observe works in Emebet Belete’s exhibition Turned Back: Filaments of Renewal. Guided by Agnes docents, this contemplation practice allows for relaxation and new insights. Sign up >

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

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

Making Art Work: Professional Development Series

Artwork Installation

In-person at Union Gallery, 10 January, 1–3 pm

In this hands-on workshop, Union Gallery’s core staff Morgan Wedderspoon and Abby Nowakowski cover the basics of artwork preparation and installation. Topics range from hanging hardware, measuring techniques, to steps to make art spaces more accessible.

This workshop is held in-person at Union Gallery. There is a limited capacity. Sign up >

An installation turns over at Agnes.

Art and Well-being

Art Hive @Agnes

In-Person, Thursdays, 11 January–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 @Agnes. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Wee Bit Off Centre Residency

Everything Sounds like Crying Eventually:
a karaoke party

In-Person, 11 January, 6–9 pm

For its inaugural event, Wee Bit Off Centre is hosting a karaoke party. Gather in Etherington House for an evening of amateur performance and public feelings. Rehearse your love, declare your failures and cradle your heartbreak. This event is free and all are welcome.

Tear Jerkers is a collaboration between Michelle Bunton and GHY CheungSign up >

Karaoke text: “I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m okay.” Image courtesy of Tear Jerkers.

Winter 2024 School Program

Making Home (Grades 1–8)

In-Person, Tuesdays–Fridays, 6 February–28 March, 10 am and 1 pm

Only a few spots are left for the Winter School Program. Students reflect on place, and the concept of making home as we observe and explore artworks in various mediums by local Katarokwi-Kingston artists. Led by Agnes docents, Making Home includes a 45-minute tour and a 45-minute artmaking activity. Learn more >

Agnes School Programs are free for classes in the Limestone District School Board thanks to the continuing support of their board. The docent program is 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


Collaborative transformations

Agnes Learns is a digital resource for children in grades 1 to 12 and their families. Check out one of the newest additions: Collaborative transformations and enjoy the short video and accompanying lesson plan related to the site-specific commission Transformations! Developed and recorded by Sophia Ceccucci, Agnes Student Docent.

View of Transformations, a site-specific commission by artists Oriah Scott, EronOne, HONE, HUNGR, AJ Little and Emily May Rose. Photo: Paul Litherland

Stay connected

Agnes Reimagined

From Returning a House to a Home to a Community Engaged Design Process, the Agnes Reimagined site showcases images, sketches and videos as well as detailed sections about our Vision Ecosystem, Agnes’s Prototyping, Behind-the-Scenes and Key Milestones. There are also opportunities to support every part of our programmatic vision.

Exterior Composition for Agnes Reimagined, showing the new curvilinear addition. Courtesy of KPMB Architects.

Dare de LaFemme, Rowena Whey and Tyffanie Morgan showcase their nails done by Funeral Face Nails. Photo: Bernard Clark

Looking Ahead

Historical Costume Ball Drag Show Fashion Pageant Spectacular

This event launches the Patterns for All Bodies project in a particularly fabulous way.
25 January, 7–10 pm
All are welcome. RSVP! >

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Agnes Etherington Art Centre is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.


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