Making Art Work:
Professional Development Series

Saturdays 16 January, 6 February and 6 March 2021
1–3 pm (ET)

Workshops co-facilitated by local artists and arts professionals and geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery are pleased to co-present the 2020–2021 Professional Development Series. Taking place over the Fall and Winter seasons, the series includes 6 free workshops co-facilitated by local artists and arts professionals from each organization, geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators. Participants gain enhanced experiential learning opportunities, develop a toolkit of skills in preparing for a career in the arts and extend networks with Kingston’s contemporary art galleries.

The winter workshops take place online, please register to secure your spot. To join, participants will need to create a free Zoom account. The link for the virtual workshops will be sent to participants prior to the session.

Exhibition Submissions

Facilitated by Anne-Sophie Grenier, hosted by Modern Fuel

16 January, 1–3 pm

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In this workshop, Anne-Sophie Grenier guides participants through a sample submission for exhibition process, covering artist bios, statements, exhibition proposals and documentation. Learn how to find and keep track of calls for submissions, what to include and what to leave out, writing tips and how to answer frequently asked questions artists commonly face in the application process.


Anne-Sophie Grenier is the Executive Director of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre. She holds a Masters of Management in International Arts Management, from Southern Methodist University and HEC Montréal. In her graduate studies, she focused on the role that art co-ops and artist-run centres play in fostering innovation and creative placemaking. She also holds a B.A. in Communications Studies (Video Production) with a minor in Political Science from Concordia University and a Diploma of College Studies in Commerce from Champlain College. Her career has brought her across many different fields – from communications for a non-profit operating in Canada and Uganda, to documentary television production, and the production of major music, arts, and sporting events. Anne-Sophie is also a practicing performing artist and video producer.

Packing and Shipping Artworks

Facilitated by Leah Cox and Jennifer Nicoll, hosted by Agnes

6 February, 1–3 pm

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Leah Cox, Exhibition Coordinator, and Jenn Nicoll, Collections Manager/Exhibition Coordinator, share best practices and tips for packing and shipping artwork. They discuss all the materials used at the Agnes to wrap and secure invaluable artworks from our permanent collection. Learn which materials are best and which to avoid altogether. They provide suggestions to help you choose the best shipping methods for your art.


Leah Cox is a Kingston-based museum professional. After graduating from Ryerson with a BAH in Arts and Contemporary Studies (History) she pursued a post graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College (2012) which led to work at various cultural institutions including the Toronto International Film Festival and CBC Toronto’s Libraries and Archives. In her current role as Exhibition Coordinator for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Cox tackles everything from large scale nationally touring exhibitions (Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges) to the safe installation of collection-based shows at the Agnes (Nocturne).

Jennifer Nicoll has been the Collections Manager/Exhibition Coordinator at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre since 2007, overseeing care of the permanent collection including shipping, housing and ensuring safe packing of artworks. She has worked previously as the Education Officer at the Woodstock Museum NHS in Woodstock Ontario and completed a Mellon fellowship in the Conservation laboratory at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne Vermont.  Jennifer obtained a BAH in Classical Studies at Queen’s University and a diploma in Collections Conservation and Management from Fleming College.

Exhibition Installation

Facilitated by Scott Wallis, hosted by Union Gallery

6 March, 1–3 pm

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This workshop covers the basics of artwork preparation and installation. Topics range from framing and hanging hardware, display fixtures and devices, to principles of exhibition design. And, with the diversity of media and installation approaches of contemporary art, generous time is given to questions and comments from attendees.

This workshop is held in-person at Union Gallery and online. There is a limited capacity for in-person registration. If you prefer not to attend in-person, or registration is full, register for the online delivery. Details about how to connect will be shared prior to the event.


Scott Wallis has worked as a preparator at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre since 2000. He is also a visual artist, and has been exhibiting his work since the early 1990s. Scott holds a B.A.H. in Philosophy and English from Queen’s University.

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