This Week at Agnes

History Is Rarely Black or White Speaker Series

Fully Known: Cotton Production, Black History, and the Canadian Experience with Charmaine Nelson and Shannon Prince

Online, 14 January 2022, 1–2:30 (ET)

Charmaine Nelson and Shannon Prince join Jason Cyrus to investigate the ways in which cotton production in the United States forever changed the landscape of Canadian diversity. Together they tell the stories of Black people on both sides of the border by connecting the Victorian cotton industry with the Underground Railroad and settlement in Canada while addressing the related colonial legacies that still affect Black Canadian life today. Sign up.

History Is Rarely Black or White is on view through 20 March 2022.

Portraits of Charmaine Nelson and Shannon Prince. Hero image: Installation view of History Is Rarely Black or White.

In Memoriam

Janet Robertson

We lost a long-time dedicated community docent with the passing of Janet Robertson in early December. Read more.

Janet Robertson leads a tour

Opportunity for Artists

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

Submit to Agnes by 14 January 2022

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 (minimum $500, maximum $2,000) for costs related to a confirmed upcoming exhibition.

View program guidelines.

Agnes’s façade

An Art Conservator handles objects in Agnes’s collection. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Looking Ahead

Deep Looking: History Is Rarely Black or White

Online, 18 January
12:15–1 pm (ET)
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What Is…Art Conservation? with Emy Kim

Online, 5 February
1–2:30 pm (ET)
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