Sarah Jihae Kaye's group performance workshop of soft sculpture-making with nylon stockings. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Academic Outreach and Engagement

We celebrate and encourage active engagement with the content and context of our exhibitions and the urgencies that arise when encountering new museological practices through our collection and beyond.

We invite collaborations on curriculum development for students, building techniques for resource sharing and gathering for community members, and co-creating discourse that is contextual and relevant for students, professors, non-academic units on campus as well as the larger Kingston community.

We collaborate with communities across Queen’s and Kingston on events, seminars, screenings, workshops, guest lectures, and more.

Connect with  Nasrin Himada, Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement
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Launched in the Fall of 2019, Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies is a collaboration between Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Department of Film and Media and offers a unique opportunity for a funded one-year MA and a four-year PhD. The program’s three strongly interconnected areas of focus—studies, production and curatorial practice—are designed to stimulate inventive dialogue in ways that ensure their respective influence, and in ways that open exciting points of access to multiple disciplinary formations. This collaborative tripartite structure is not offered in any other film, media, cinema, art or communication MA or PhD program in Ontario.

Housed in the state-of-the-art Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Master’s and PhD in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies are unique because of their linkage of adjacent disciplines: film and media studies and, more generally, the study of screen cultures, film and media production, and curatorial studies and practice. These multidisciplinary programs provide students with a wide range of course options and professional opportunities in academia, arts management, programming, media production (from mainstream media to artistic and activist production), and curating. Agnes professional staff lead two curatorial courses in this innovative program.
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Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies

An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry at the Feminist Art Residency (FAR)

An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry at the Feminist Art Residency (FAR). Photo: Emelie Chhangur

Internships/Practicum Placements

We especially invite students to Agnes to work with us on inventing and creating new forms of museological architectures, curatorial expressions and reimagined futures. This practicum is an opportunity to have students engage with the resources at Agnes – through the collection, digital platforms, periodical archives and library, programs and exhibitions. We would love to know more about your research, writing and what inspires your thinking when it comes to making new connections between research and pedagogy, exhibition-making and public programming, the ethical and political implications of museum collections and community relations.

We welcome interns and practicum students from across campus.

Students visiting Agnes during Orientation, 2022.
Students visiting Agnes during Orientation, 2022.

We invite students and faculty to co-create, invent, and collaborate with us on seminars and events relevant to course material that might coincide with works from our collection; or to co-design a speaker series for your course that include visiting artists, practitioners, writers, poets, filmmakers that bridge the links between curriculum and the content production that Agnes’s exhibition and programs offer.


In addition to self-guided tours, we offer custom in-gallery curatorial tours for groups of up to 30 students. Larger classes can be accommodated by subdividing the group across several shifts.


Groups of up to 20 students can access a selection of works of art from our superb collections—17,000+ works—for examination in the David McTavish Art Study Room. Such sessions are flexible, intimate and particularly enriching. The seminar-style room, complete with AV system, allows students to view the works closely, examine their material character and engage in discussion.


We can assist you in developing engaging assignments that draw upon exhibitions or collections.


Individual faculty or graduate students may book research sessions with works of art or with other on-site resources, including gallery records.

Collaborate and Co-Create

Paige Van Tassel introduces Land Protectors during the Exhibition Preview.
Paige Van Tassel, recipient of the second Research Studentship in Indigenous Art at Agnes introduces her curated exhibition Land Protectors during the Exhibition Preview.

Available Spaces

David McTavish Art Study Room (DMASR)

The DMASR is a learning space created in memory of the late David McTavish, a respected scholar of Renaissance art, beloved professor and mentor, former Head of the Department of Art and transformative Director of Agnes. This room is an accessible space designed for small groups to examine, research and study original works of art. It furthers the academic mission of Queen’s University by supporting custom seminars, and, at the same time, offers flexible community access to the superb collections of Agnes.

André Biéler Studio

The bright Studio can accommodate groups up to 25 students for hands-on learning and/or art and wellness sessions. Charges may apply.

For booking, contact Nasrin Himada

OPEN SECRET: Screening, Conversation + Workshop with Parastoo Anoushahpour. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Open Secret: Workshop with Parastoo Anoushahpour. Photo: Garrett Elliott

Forms of Engagement

Image Credits

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