This Week at Agnes

We're Finally Out!

Agnes OFF Centre!

We are finally out! After two intense and exhausting years of packing, closing, packing, reopening, packing, pivoting and (re)planning, Agnes said goodbye to the very last two art moving trucks on 9 May 2024. The trucks transported the final 91 pieces of our 17 000-object collection to our offsite storage facility. The final truck consisted of four travel frames, four oversize soft packed artworks, nine pallets of sculpture containing 14 artworks, three tubes of rolled artwork containing four works, and three soft pack bins containing 65 artworks. The final artwork to go onto the truck? It was a work by the great Rita Letendre—the largest stretched painting in our collection! Our offices, inventory, back-of-house, programs, library, matting and framing area, workshops, and more moved in many stages since February, and we did a final sweep of the building on 10 May before handing over to the project management team at 4:59 pm. Construction began 13 May!

We documented the move so you could see some of it in action:

Agnes Moving Out Tour

Team Agnes poses in front of Transformations on one of the last days before the building was officially decommissioned. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Staff Update

Meet the new Communications and Marketing Coordinator


Hi! My name is Liz and I’m thrilled to be part of the team at Agnes. As the new Communications and Marketing Coordinator, you’ll be hearing from me through these e-newsletters, Agnes social media accounts and website updates. A bit about me: I have a BFA in Photography from Toronto Metropolitan University and I’ve spent the last 10 years photographing artists, entrepreneurs and events in Kingston while contributing my marketing and communications skills to a variety of Queen’s units and non-profit organizations. I’ve got three animals and a love of films, so you can often spot me at the Screening Room or the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. I aim to make things fun, informative, and just a little bit off centre. I look forward to working with you!


Photo: Garrett Elliott


Strike That!

Rescheduled! ONLINE (via Zoom) 03 June 2024 6–7:30 pm ET

Strike That brings together visual artists, writers, and poets who critically reflect on changing language in the broader cultural and political landscape and their own work. This conversation features Demian DinéYazhi’, Native American artist, poet, and activist, Fargo Nissim Tbakhi, Palestinian-American performance artist and writer and SA Smythe, transmedia storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, critical theorist, and educator.

Co-presented with Vera List Center for Art and Politics. It is organized and moderated by Nasrin Himada, Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement, Queen’s University, and Eriola Pira, VLC Curator and Director of Programs.

Learn more and sign up >

Graphic for Strike That. Courtesy of Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Photo by Bella De Angelis


Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities

1 + 2 June, 21 + 28 September, 10 am–4 pm

This series of workshops continues in two phases: Mark Making, Meaning Making Poster Workshops and Stories Out Loud. Come and share your stories, bring your cherished photographs and personal mementos to make a large poster. Work with artist Alejandro Arauz, and use collage, drawing, painting, and printmaking to celebrate your living Kingston histories. We produce billboard-scale prints that are collaged and wheat-pasted on key historical sites around the City of Kingston. No artmaking experience is needed!

 Learn more and sign up >

OFF-SITE: Ontario Hall, Room 208, 67 University Ave, Kingston, ON

Curated by Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa

Alejandro Arauz brings his mobile printing press for the Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities project. Photo: Tim Forbes

Call for teen artists!

Creative Futures: Empowering Teen Artists

Apply by 7 June 2024

Are you ready to ignite your creative potential? Join us for a transformative year-long program just for you!

Through a series of monthly workshops, gain invaluable insights into the art world, build a creative portfolio, write your own artist statement, document your artwork and explore different methods of artmaking. This program culminates with the opportunity to curate a group exhibition of the cohort’s work in spring 2025. Don’t miss this chance to fuel your artistic journey and become a leader in tomorrow’s creative landscape!

 Apply by 7 June >

Co-facilitated by Agnes, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

Storying Resilience. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Agnes is hiring!

Education Assistant, Special Projects

Apply by 30 June 2024

The Education Assistant works with local artists to imagine, research and write a new school program, to be launched in winter 2025, and assists with the training of Queen’s students and community members who volunteer to lead the program.

This is a Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage position. $18/hour; 35 hours/week; for 30 weeks starting 3 September 2024.

Learn more >

Art Zone with Phoebe Cohoe. Photo: Tim Forbes

Queen’s University
36 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6
T (613) 533.2190
F (613) 533.6765
Agnes Etherington Art Centre is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.


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