This Week at Agnes

Access from Anywhere

The online exhibition has launched!

The digital extension of Drift: Art and Dark Matter showcases the meeting of theories and voices that informed this exciting transdisciplinary residency and features behind-the-scenes videos, interviews and interactive activities.  Jump in here.

Drift: Art and Dark Matter is a residency and exhibition project generated by Agnes, the McDonald Institute and SNOLAB. We extend our thanks to those at each institution who opened their workspaces and shared their knowledge for this project.

Josèfa Ntjam, Luciferin Drop, 2020, glass, metal, plastic and Myceaqua Vitae, 2020, video with sound. Collection of the artist. Installation view from Drift: Art and Dark Matter. Photo: Tim Forbes

Thursday Tour

Featuring Radicals and Revolutionaries: Artists of Atelier 17, 1960s

Thursday 11 March, 12:15–1 pm

Printmaking as a medium for creative expression was revived and revolutionized in the mid-twentieth century largely through artists associated with Atelier 17. These artists developed new techniques, innovative ways of working and radical means of sharing knowledge. Join us for a free, in-person, lunch-hour tour led by Curator Natalie Hume and a  Community Docent.

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Stanley William Hayter, Atelier 17, 1964 (detail), serigraph on paper. Gift of Ronald A. Sweetman

Art Class for Adults

Surface Design with Marney McDiarmid

Online, Sundays 14 and 21 March, 1–3 pm (ET)

Work with well-known Kingston ceramic artist and surface design specialist Marney McDiarmid and learn basic surface design concepts and design your own plate! For all levels of experience.

Register: $50

Hand illustrated porcelain plates created by Marney McDiarmid


Virtual Art Hive @Agnes

Online, Thursdays to 18 March, 4–5:30 pm (ET)

Be part of this creative community as you recharge and get inspired. Art Hive @Agnes addresses themes of empowerment, wellness and self-care, while fostering a safe space and a sense of community. This accessible weekly program is free.

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This program is made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation.

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes


Who wants to go on a field trip?!

Agnes’s virtual field trip, geared to students in grade 1–6, embraces the sensory exploration of the night while considering the landscape genre in Historical Canadian Art. This 45-minute program includes a guided online tour presentation and activity that can be done at home or in class. Due to demand, we are extending the program dates!

Teachers can book online through 19 March AND 11 May–24 June 2021.

John Stanley Walsh, Expo ‘67 at Night (detail), 1967, watercolour on paper.  Gift of Rita Maloney, 2011. On view in the exhibition Nocturne.

Funding Announcement

The Ontario government is supporting the arts sector with a one-time investment of $25 million to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Agnes has received $155,882, which comes at a crucial moment for us. This investment ensures Agnes can continue to offer our wellness programs for free and sustain our vital role in supporting communities through the arts. We were thrilled to hear that $1 million will go directly to artists and creators from across the province.

“Arts organizations make an important contribution to our province, providing thousands of jobs for musicians, writers, painters, actors, dancers, stagehands and the many others working behind the scenes,” said Minister Lisa MacLeod. “They entertain us, but they also play an important role in the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and an equally important role in the province’s economic and social recovery.”

Agnes’s facade

Calling all Queen’s Students

Agnes is hiring a Student Assistant

Apply by 12 March

Agnes is hiring a Student Assistant ($24/hour, ~6 hours/week for 8 weeks). We are looking for someone to help develop best practice accessibility guidelines for online museum programs. Then implement them with the 2021 Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art happening this June. Download the job details.

Screenshot from AGNES Collects: Jan Victor’s Ruth and Naomi (1653)

Open Call

What if the museum could be open sourced?

Apply by 29 March 2021

Museum Without Walls asks this question through a series of public activities that iterate and subvert the Brazilian Espírito Santo Art Museum – MAES. The project starts with a Virtual Reality residency program that will take place in different versions of the museum hosted at the Mozilla Hubs WebVR platform. Participants are invited to transform the virtual institution with their artistic and curatorial proposals. More info at

The residency is supported by SECULT-ES, SSHRC, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada.

Chrissy Poitras, Your Move, 2019, screen print

Looking Ahead

Deep Looking

Featuring Drift: Art and Dark Matter
Online, Tuesday 23 March, 12:15–1 pm (ET)
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The Studio

Digital Drawing from Screen to Paper with Chrissy Poitras
Online, Sunday 28 March, 1–3:30 pm (ET)
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