Agnes Etherington OFF Centre: We’re finally out!

For the last few years, we’ve been wondering: who will welcome us into their home once ours is closed? We feel the love!

Join us on our nomadic program adventure of exhibitions, site-specific installations, performances, lectures, screenings, land-based art projects and more, co-produced and presented in partnership with a host of amazing organizations, galleries and sites across Ontario!

Here’s a low down on where AGNES is at May – August 2024:

Construction begins May 13!

With our facility officially closed, AGNES enters an experimental period that continues our self-reflexive journey, which began with two guiding questions posed three years ago: What does an art centre centre? and How does AGNES attend to community?

Tracing Kingston’s Solidarities ll: Mark Making Meaning Making Poster Workshops
May 18 + 19, June 1 + 2, 10 am–4 pm
Ontario Hall, Room 208, 67 University Ave, Kingston, ON

Animate your personal archives! Share stories, bring cherished photographs and personal mementos to work with artist Alejandro Arauz through collage, drawing, painting and printmaking and celebrate your living Kingston histories.

Curated by Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa

Echoes of Devotion
Unveiled June 10
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, 68 University Ave, Kingston, ON

A large-scale mural by artist Anthony Gebrehiwot that looks over Queen’s campus, this public art intervention acknowledges the strength of those who came before and echoes a rising new consciousness, drawing inspiration from Anthony’s ongoing engagement with AGNES through our Vulindlela! Procession, research with the Lang Collection of African Art, and engagement with artist Winsom Winsom.

Curated by Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa

Landing No.9 Gardens Exhibition
July 20 – October 1
No.9 Gardens, 1516 Summers Rd, Lyndhurst, ON

What is land doing? Land-ing? On the shores of a meandering creek and the wildflower fields of No.9 Gardens, artists Amanda Boulos, Maurício Chades, Marianne Chénard, JP Longboat, Ella Dawn McGeough, Kelsey Pearson, Sarah Peebles, Erica Stocking and José Luis Torres address the sensory experience of edges, limits, and borders—both settling and unsettling—to express how landing shapes and permeates the human dream world.

Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art in partnership with No.9.

Bring Your Thing: AGNES Roadshow
July 20, 11 am–4 pm
Fort Henry, 1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston, ON

AGNES’s Roadshow is a pop-up art consultation event offering free expertise and valuations from specialists to the Kingston community and amplifies the successful series initiated by the Kingston & Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM). Join us at Fort Henry and learn more about your “thing,” while sharing your own unique story.

Curated by Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Bader Curator of European Art in partnership with Cowley Abbott Fine Art Auctioneers, Riches Appraisals & Consult, Kingston & Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM) and Fort Henry. Sponsored by J.J.M. Investment Group CIBC Wood Gundy.

Diasporic Entanglements
Open Secret Artist + Curator Gathering
July 26 – 30
Hearth, 1267A St Clair Ave W, Unit 6, Toronto, ON

This is a rare opportunity for a transdisciplinary network of those working to expand the meaning of diaspora and deepen affinities after October 7, 2023. Reinviting Parastoo Anoushahpur, Kriss Li, Sharlene Bamboat, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Rhayne Vermette, Aman Sandhu, and Jennifer Smith from AGNES’s Open Secret: Screening, Conversations + Workshops series (2023–2024), alongside others, we prototype an open curriculum that accesses urgent pedagogical-curatorial-artistic imperatives.

Curated by Nasrin Himada, Associate Curator, Academic Outreach and Community Engagement and Fan Wu in partnership with Hearth.

The Way We Did Things
August 10, sunrise to sunrise
Quarry, Division St and Weller Ave, Kingston, ON

A 24-hour durational, outdoor, public performance by artist Sheldon Traviss at a former quarry site begins at sunrise. Foraging wild clay and edible plants before constructing a traditionally designed Haudenosaunee cooking pot, Sheldon’s performance culminates with the making and serving of chickory tea as an embodiment of contemporary urban Indigenous land-based relations.

Co-curated by Sebastian De Line, Associate Curator, Care and Relations and Taylor Norris, Public Art Coordinator, City of Kingston

Demo-lution PARTY : (Not) Just Another Brick in the Wall!
August 17, 2–4 pm
Rideau Building, 207 Stuart St, Kingston, ON
Featuring Ottawa’s DJ Kid Koncussion and PEC Chef JERKebago | Artists in attendance

In Summer 2022, artists Oriah Scott, EronOne, HONE, HUNGR, AJ Little and Emily May Rose graffiti’d AGNES’s facades. Building our street cred while celebrating submerged cultural histories of Kingston, this glorious and beloved artwork is now being demolished. Mark this moment! 100 Bricks are available to AGNES members! Get your AGNES membership now!

Hosted by Emelie Chhangur, Director/Curator in collaboration with Oriah Scott, EronOne, HONE, HUNGR, AJ Little, Emily May Rose, in partnership with Graham Construction, KPMB Architects, Colliers Project Management.

Stay tuned for more Agnes projects in Toronto, Prince Edward County, London and Ottawa: September – November 2024

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AGNES Etherington Art Centre

Situated within territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat, AGNES is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre proudly serving a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s. By commissioning, researching, collecting and stewarding works of art, and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, AGNES creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies.

AGNES is committed to anti-racism. We work to eradicate institutional biases and develop accountable programs that centre artistic expressions and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. AGNES promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces.

36 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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Image credits:
1. Team Agnes celebrates the start of construction of Agnes Reimagined. Photo: Garrett Elliott
2. Where’s Agnes graphic. Designed by Vincent Perez of Everlovin’ Press.
3. DJ Kid Koncussion performs at Agnes during Brown Butter Solstice Party in front of Transformations (detail). Photo: Garrett Elliott