This Week at Agnes

OFF-SITE at No.9 Gardens

With the Land:
Cloud 9 Eco-Art Exhibition

29 July–1 October 2023

Agnes and No.9 Gardens co-present With the Land, an exhibition set in the secluded golden fields at No.9 Gardens, 40 minutes outside Kingston. Works emerge in the lush outdoor trails, meandering riverbanks and wildflower fields, including those by Andy Berg, Elaine Chan-Dow, Chaka Chikodzi, Francisco Corbett, Sadiqa de Meijer, Elvira Hufschmid, Alvin Luong, Jill Price and the Along the Way Playgroup [Michelle Bunton, Sebastian De Line, Sadiqa de Meijer, Shelby Lisk, JP Longboat (lead artist), Marney McDiarmid, Andrei Pora and Clelia Scala]. Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Attend the LAUNCH / LUNCH at No.9 Gardens on 29 July at 11 am with talks at 12 pm. Free lunch for the first 100 people registered. No.9 Gardens is located at 1516 Summers Road, Lyndhurst, ON.

Supported by a Regional Tourism Ontario Partnership grant, Canada Council for the Arts and City of Kingston Arts Fund.

Alvin Luong, A Voluminous Crush  (detail), 2021–2022. Courtesy of the artist


Agnes publishes the first monograph of Canadian artist Chris Curreri

$40, hardcover

Beautifully designed by Lisa Kiss Design, Toronto, and edited by Emelie Chhangur, this publication brings together key bodies of work by Curreri produced between 2013 and 2022 and features commissioned essays by writers Philip Monk, Ruth Noack, Jon Davies and Luis Jacob. In addition to serving as the artist’s first monographic publication, Chris Curreri documents two solo exhibitions from 2022, A Surrogate, A Proxy, A Stand-In at Agnes, curated by Emelie Chhangur, and That, There, It at Contemporary Calgary, curated by Ryan Doherty. ISBN: 978-1-55339-682-6

Read more and purchase >

Chris Curreri is co-published by Agnes and Contemporary Calgary and is generously supported by David Clare, Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, Susan Walker Dime, Elisa Nuyten, Nancy Lockhart, Rui Mateus Amaral, and Daniel Faria Gallery.

Cover of Chris Curreri publication, 2023

Digital Agnes: Digital Publication

Hilos Conductores

Curated by Nathalia Santos Ocasio

In case you missed Hilos Conductores at Sur Gallery, Toronto, 2 February–1 April 2023, here is a newly released digital publication!

While grounded in personal histories and local resistance, the textile pieces by Bélgica Castro, Memorarte, Soledad Muñoz, Tamara Marcos and Autorretazo are hilos conductors that reflect on accumulation schemes and supply chains that connect distant geographies.  Hilos Conductores brings together arpilleras created during the Chilean dictatorship with recent work of textile artists and collectives to follow the threads linking our lives and futures across the continent.

Curated by Nathalia Santos Ocasio and co-presented by Agnes, Sur Gallery, and the Textile Museum of Canada.

Tamara Marcos, Agua dulce y libre/Sweet Water and Free, 2020, applique, embroidery, and quilting on fabric. Courtesy of the artist

Digital Agnes: Collection Highlight

The Unnamed Genderfluid Figure: Transgender and Intersex Interpretations of Medieval Christian Art

Agnes highlights queer, trans and intersex hirstories in the collection. The first highlight written by Sebastian De Line, Associate Curator, Care and Relations looks at an architectural wooden relief from the University Transfer Collection, providing a marginalized example of gender fluidity within devotional art and a window beyond otherwise suppressed politically religious opinions. Check it out >

Unknown maker, Carved Architectural Ornament, unknown date, wood, varnish. Unknown source

Staff Spotlight

Sonia Riabtchik and Alex Wilson, Student Program and Education Assistants

Sonia Riabtchik is in their final year at Queen’s University, majoring in History and minoring in Film and Media. Alex Wilson is a third-year concurrent education student studying Indigenous Studies and English.

Since May, Sonia and Alex have been working collaboratively to plan and organize a safe and engaging art camp. Now they are co-running five weeks camp, which encourages children to explore their creativity. Sonia and Alex are helping to develop a new school program connected to Emergence that runs 3 October to 10 November 2023. The program includes a 45-minute tour and a 45-minute artmaking activity. Read more >

The positions of Program and Education Assistant were made possible through Queen’s Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP).

Portraits of Student Program and Education Assistants (left) Sonia Riabtchik and (right) Alex Wilson. Photo: Tim Forbes

In the News

How an African collection of art in Canada is celebrated with care and community

The Conversation and CBC

Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa wrote for The Conversation about the curatorial practices that seek to acknowledge the African communities and artists who have, unknowingly, built up the collection at Agnes. Read the article >

Listen to CBC’s All in a Day interview with Alan Neal and Qanita Lilla  >

Agnes’s collections staff and curator move the African collection from the vault to above ground. Photo: Tim Forbes

Agnes travels

Sarindar Dhaliwal’s exhibition at the AGO features four works from Agnes’s collection!

Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Sarindar Dhaliwal has been making compelling and vibrantly coloured artworks for over forty years. In the AGO exhibition, When I grow up I want to be a namer of paint colours, Dhaliwal’s significant contribution to Canadian art is illustrated by meticulously rendered drawings and mixed media works from the 1980s to the 2000s, alongside large-scale installations and recent photography.

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Sarindar Dhaliwal, At Badminton (detail), 1998, mixed media on paper. Collection of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Gift of the artist, 2005.

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