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Centrally located in the heart of Queen’s University’s historic campus, Agnes Etherington Art Centre offers a range of facility spaces that can be rented alone or together. For your reception, gala, lecture, conference, performance, workshop or memorial gathering, our contemporary and historical spaces offer sophistication and elegance. Here, high ceilings, historical legacy and creative ambiance combine with excellent amenities, accessible public spaces and the superb hospitality of our staff to make every event at Agnes an unforgettable experience for your guests.
To start planning, download our floorplan. To explore availability, services and rates, submit the online Facility Rental Request Form. Spaces are not reserved until a contract is signed and the booking fee is paid by the client.
Agnes follows all COVID-19 restrictions and may not be able to accommodate your request or may need to cancel a booked event.
A charming, elegant historical space, the neo-Georgian Etherington House has been restored to reflect the taste and period of Agnes Etherington, the gallery’s founder. The beautifully appointed rooms include art, antiques, period furnishings and a Steinway baby grand piano. Perfect for wine and cheese receptions, private dinners, cocktail parties and theme nights, Etherington House offers four spaces: the Green Room, Drawing Room, Study, and Music Room, a linked sequence of distinctive surroundings. Etherington House also boasts the Franks Gallery: a showcase for the art of our region and research-based exhibitions. Maximum capacity is 60 guests.
The Atrium is the flagship space for events at Agnes. This flexible hall is appropriate for meetings, seminars, special lectures, symposium workshops, presentations, award ceremonies, weddings, receptions, dinners, media events, book launches, screenings, cocktail parties and celebration of life ceremonies. The Atrium can be divided for privacy or small functions. The space is bright, contemporary and climate-controlled. An adjacent catering kitchen supports food service. The Atrium is licensed for 185 guests with capacity for up to 196 guests during non-licensed events. Dinner seating can be arranged for 80 guests. For special lectures, the Atrium can comfortably accommodate theatre-style seating for 100 guests.
The André Biéler Studio is a generous, flexible studio space with sinks, sturdy fixtures, wall-wide north-facing windows and black-out blinds. The studio also features a projector and screen as well as ceiling-mounted speakers. This is the perfect environment for skills-development, workshops and creative seminars for up to 25 people, and it seats 50 in a lecture format.
Suitable for meetings, seminars, staff retreats, conference sessions or catered dinners, this space is adjacent to the Atrium. It is equipped with a conference phone, projector, computer with wireless keyboard and speakers. Dinner capacity is 18 people; room capacity is 40.
To ensure your event is successful, the following fixtures and access privileges are available:
Space will not be reserved without a signed contract. Space reservations require a non-refundable booking fee of $100 at the time of acceptance of the booking along with a signed contract, which must be received to complete the space rental reservation. In addition to space rental fees, staffing and set-up charges may apply. Excepting Queen’s University departments, rental fees are subject to HST.
The $100 booking fee will be refunded if Agnes needs to cancel an event due to COVID-restrictions.
Cancellations of a space booking by the client must be made in writing to the Visitor Services Assistant and must be received at least 45 days before the event start date. The booking fee is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation. Cancellations less than 48 hours before the event start date will be subject to an additional charge of $100.