This Week at Agnes

In the galleries

Plan your visit

Visit the galleries and see Chris Curreri: A Surrogate, A Proxy, A Stand-In, The Dark Room, Studies in Solitude: The Art of Depicting Seclusion, Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication, and Hidden Currents: Koerner Artist-in-Residence Prints. On 3 June, Berlin Reed: Brown Butter opens in Etherington House.

Special hours: Agnes is open on 23 May, 1–5 pm, and all Holiday Mondays May–September, with free admission always.

For up-to-date COVID safety requirements, read more.

Image: Installation view of The Dark Room. Photo: Paul Litherland

Art and Wellness

Art Hive @Agnes

In-Person, Thursdays to 9 June, 4­–6 pm

Artmaking is innately therapeutic and can improve general wellbeing. We invite adults 16+ to join us and explore the creative process through experimentation and play.

Art Hive is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, art therapist/facilitator Harper Johnston offers weekly projects and visits to our current exhibitions. Sign up for one week or all!

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation. For up-to-date COVID safety requirements, read more.

Art Hive @Agnes. Photo: Garrett Elliott

School Programs

Dive into the world of visual art

Fee: $45/class (*Limestone District School Board is supporting their classes by covering this fee.)

Agnes is offering two online synchronous and interactive school programs through 29 June. Exploring the Nature of Art (Grades 1–4) looks at paintings in the exhibition Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication. What’s so funny? (Grades 5–8) is based on the exhibition Humour Me and focuses on critical literacy and media analysis. Request a date now.

The school programs are made possible through the generous support of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation and the student docent training program is supported by the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.

Tom Thomson, First Snow, 1916, oil on wood-pulp board. Gift of the Queen’s University Art Foundation, 1941


Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication

112 pp, 7.5" x 10.4," hardcover

How do we know if we’re looking at the real thing? This publication explores key themes that guide the authentication process: signature, subject matter, style, materials and provenance. Essays from Alicia Boutilier, Tobi Bruce, Marie-Claude Corbeil, Angie Littlefield and Joan Murray explore each facet of the process. The process can be conclusive or elusive, because authentication is a complex and interdependent practice that both frustrates and fascinates.

Buy now ($25) or pick up a copy at Agnes!

Spread from the publication Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication featuring Tom Thomson, Cranberry Marsh and Hill, 1916, oil on wood. Art Gallery of Hamilton. Purchase 1953 (1953.112.E)

Chris Curreri and Luis Jacob, The Thing (detail), 2022, silicon sculpture in tiled shower room. Installation commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.

Looking Ahead

Final month to see

Chris Curreri: A Surrogate, A Proxy, A Stand-In
26 February–29 May 2022

Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication
26 February–29 May 2022

Indigenous Talking Circle for Agnes Reimagined

Facilitated by Georgina Riel
On Zoom and In-Person at Agnes, 28 May, 1–3 pm
Free, all are welcome.
For more information and to register (forms to come)

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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