This Week at Agnes

Exhibitions on view

Emergence and Mmaandaawaabi (see a wondrous sight)

On view until 12 November!

You have two weeks left to visit or revisit two exhibitions currently on view. Emergence highlights important early and mid-career works of art by contemporary Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island, North and South. As a collection, these works provide a cohesive vision of the approaches and concerns of artists working in the 1970s. Mmaandaawaabi (see a wondrous sight) features the work of Preston Buffalo, Dallas Flett-Wapash, Quinn Hopkins and Casey Koyczan, four Indigenous artists whose digital practice reflects upon and engages with Indigenous worldviews and epistemologies through new media and AR technology. Our galleries are in turnover starting 13 November as we get ready for the new season of exhibitions!

Hero image: Dallas Flett-Wapash, AR Triptych, Panel 1 | Ahsiwahoochikan, Wapan (Norway House: Pulled by the Ferry, at Dawn), digital augmented reality print, 2020.

Save the date

Exhibition Celebration

In-Person, 1 December, 6–9 pm

Celebrate the final exhibitions in Agnes’s current facility! 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. Sign up to save your spot >

Members’ Preview, 5–6 pm
Join Agnes’s growing community of supporters and make art accessible for all. Not yet an Agnes member or need to renew? Join/Renew now!

Jay Bridges, Wash and Fold (detail), 2021, Bronica SQ A, Kodak Portra 800. Courtesy of the artist.

Agnes Off-Site

Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities

In person, 3–4 November 2023

Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities is a series of performance pop-ups that looks to activate Kingston’s rich history of Black life. Each day focuses on a person or family and their history in the city. Gesturing toward abundant print histories and archives, a mobile printing press is activated at various locations in Kingston. The public is invited to print t-shirts and pick up a brochure that explains the life behind the images. In this way, the performance responds to a hidden history and scrutinizes both visible and invisible pasts.

3 November, 10 am–3:30 pm:
Queen’s Athletics & Recreation Centre, 284 Earl Street
4 November, 1–5 pm: Agnes’s Atrium

Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities is a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Alejandro Arauz and Agnes’s Associate Curator, Arts of Africa Qanita Lilla.

Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities: Alejandro’s mobile press activated outside 120 Princess Street, in front of Hoopla Press and Gallery in downtown Kingston. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Four Poets, Three Celebrations!

In-Person at Agnes, 9 November, 6:30–8 pm

Join us for a joint book launch and a dazzling evening of Black poetic performance! Introducing new work by Britta B, DM Bradford, and Otoniya J Okot Bitek with a Q&A hosted by Kingston’s poet laureate, Sadiqa de Meijer. Free, sign up >

In partnership with Queen’s Black Studies and Gender Studies.

Four Poets, Three Celebrations! poster cover.

The Studio

Mask Making and Design with Clelia Scala

In-Person, 11 November, 1:30–4:30 pm

The Studio is a place to meet innovative practicing artists from Kingston and across Canada. This November, Clelia Scala leads a workshop that focuses on the exploration of character creation through the design, sculpting and shaping of a Worbla half mask. All materials are included in the workshop fee ($25). A limited number of bursaries are available. Learn more >

Courtesy of Clelia Scala

Art and well-being

Creative Movement

In-Person at Agnes, 7 November, 10:30–11:30 am

We invite folks 16+ to join us for this free and accessible program. Located in Agnes’s galleries, these mindful movement sessions respond to the artworks in the exhibition Emergence and inspire individuals to move creatively in ways that make them feel good.

This program is facilitated by Amy Booth, a registered Physiotherapist and dance educator. Sign up to save your spot >

Creative Movement in Emergence.

Deep Looking: Emergence

11 November, 1:15–2 pm

Slow down and deeply observe works in the exhibition Emergence. Guided by Agnes docents, this contemplation practice allows for relaxation and new insights. Sign up >

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

Norval Morrisseau, Shaman and Apprentice (detail), 1979, serigraphs on paper. Gift of Guardian Capital Group Limited, 2020. Permissions from the estate of Norval Morrisseau.

Art Hive @Agnes

Thursdays, to 16 November, 4­–6 pm

Artmaking is innately therapeutic and can improve general well-being. We invite adults 16+ to explore the creative process through experimentation and play. Art Hive @Agnes is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, Harper Johnston, art therapist and facilitator, is onsite to offer encouragement. Sign up >

Art Hive at Agnes. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Studio time for Families

Creation Station

In-person, 12 November, 2–4 pm

This final session of 2023 is full. More planned for 2024! Creation Station is a free studio program designed to give families and children ages 2 and up an exploratory artmaking experience. Art educators ignite curiosity through painting, drawing, clay and mixed media activities.

Watercolour in the studio

Portrait of Cécile Fromont. Photo: Yale/Dan Renzetti

Looking Ahead

AGNES PRESENTS The Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art with Dr Cécile Fromont

In-Person and Online, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
15 November, 7:30–9 pm (ET), with reception to follow
Sign up >

Making Art Work: Preparing Portfolios with Emily Pittman

Online, 15 November, 6–7:30 pm
Sign up >

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