This Week at Agnes

AGNES Podcast

New podcast is released 12 July!

In With Opened Mouths: The Podcast Dr Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa sits down with artists, musicians, curators and spoken word poets to discuss the expression of their practice. How did they find their artistic voice? Which life-events shaped them and who are their inspirations? Catch With Opened Mouths: The Podcast for some moving and inspiring conversations. The first episode launches 12 July. Listen to the trailer now.

With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is produced by Agnes in partnership with CFRC 101.9 FM. Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes, 2021.

The series is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, Queen’s University and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Hero image: Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Qanita Lilla
With Opened Mouths graphic, designed by Vince Perez

For children ages 6-12

Agnes Art Camp at Home

July 2021

Register or apply for a bursary
$150/week; $135/week member, Agnes Art Kit included

New and exciting themed activities are planned for each week such as sculpture, drawing, painting and collage, all using safe and non-toxic supplies provided in the Agnes Art Kit. Online field trips to see the Agnes art collection will inspire creativity and learning. Campers finish the week with a virtual art exhibition to celebrate their artistic exploration.

Read more about each week and meet the instructors.

Children immerse in artmaking with Agnes.


Jason Cyrus, 2021 Isabel Bader Fellow in Textile Conservation and Research

Jason Cyrus, 2021 Isabel Bader Fellow in Textile Conservation and Research, uses fashion as a lens to investigate connections between Agnes’s historical dress collection and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Underground Railroad and resource extraction.

Using advanced observational tools in the labs of the Art Conservation program at Queen’s University, his research project, History Is Rarely Black or White uncovers these stories in the study of cotton, not only to historically locate materials and their lineages, but to simultaneously highlight the rich legacy of racialized individuals who used clothing to assert their agency at a foundational time in Canadian history.

An upcoming exhibition, History Is Rarely Black or White, featuring works from Agnes’s dress collection, alongside the contemporary art of Karin Jones, Gordon Shadrach, and Damian Joel, situates this research in historically referenced yet radically future-oriented ways. Read more.

Portrait of Jason Cyrus


Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid.

Under the guise of a certain quiet and disciplined whimsy, the art of Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens holds a complexity of ideas, aesthetic force and allusion that overflows with interpretive valences. A collaborative and multi-authored first monograph, this rich body of text and documentation traces their recent decade of projects and exhibitions through graphing economic thought, speculative fiction and performance.

Essays by Vincent BoninLorna BrownSunny KerrMelanie O’BrianKitty Scott, and Ibghy and LemmensBuy now on the Agnes website ($35).

Co-published by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, SFU Galleries and the Owens Art Gallery.

A spread from Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid.


Agnes is hiring

Apply by 5 July 2021

Agnes is hiring two Casual Receptionists (up to 12 hours/week). If you love art museums and have excellent communication and customer service skills, apply by 5 July. The Casual Receptionist welcomes and orients visitors to Agnes, fostering an inclusive environment and supporting the smooth operation of Visitor Services. Learn more about this opportunity. See # J0621-0732

KyleTopping, Limitless Water, 2021, screen print on Arnhem ‘1618’ 245gsm paper. Collection of the artist

Looking Ahead

OAC Exhibition Assistance Grants

Agnes is a Recommender for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants program. We invite visual, media and craft artists living in eastern Ontario (Region 4) to apply for financial assistance for costs related to a confirmed upcoming exhibition.

Agnes has two upcoming application deadlines: 14 September 2021 and 14 January 2022. For program guidelines, click here.

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


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