Agnes Prototypes: Retreating, Rehoming and Reimagining in Kingston, ON

As Agnes prepares for our facility closure at the end of 2022, we reflect, retreat, rehome and reimagine. We prototype new ways of working, informing how we work with artists and the artworks across our collections. A series of exhibitions emerge from our fall Studios in Solitude micro-residencies; we show the “hidden currents” manifest in the work of past Koerner Artists-In-Residence; JP Longboat leads us in a project that connects with Haudenosaunee ways; we go nomadic as we welcome the Indonesian artist collective Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) to Kingston; and we host Rajni Perera in a sustained way this year as Agnes’s 2022 Stonecroft Artist-In-Residence, preparing for a major commission for Agnes’s new home.


We are honoured to host one of Canada’s most important artists, Rajni Perera, as Agnes’s 2022 Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence. Working in painting, sculpture, textile and wearable creations, she mixes high and low, science and science-fiction, pop-loric and folkloric forms and references in artworks that point to paradigmatic shifts happening in Canada’s visual culture today. For her Stonecroft residency, Rajni is exploring relationships between STEM research, climate refugees, contemporary mutation and diasporic studies—all underlining concerns central to Rajni’s prophetic aesthetic—with a group of transdisciplinary thinkers across Queen’s University.

Curated by Emelie Chhangur with Michelle Bunton and Sunny Kerr

Funded by the Stonecroft Foundation.

4 March–9 March 2022

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) is an artistic collective of over fifty multimedia artists, musicians, designers and curators who work out of a former clay tile factory in Jatisura, Indonesia. JaF’s artistic practice emphasizes local rural life in relation to land and the terracotta industry in the Jatiwangi District. Clay is central to all their artistic and cultural activities in the spirit of community empowerment.

Their terracotta ensemble, Lair, includes composers Tedi Nurmanto, Andzar Agung Fauzan, Muhammad Pipin Kaspin, Kiki Permana, Ika Yuliana and Tamyiz Ramadhan.

Jam session: JaF, Matt Rogalsky and Golam Rabbani
In-person, 6 March, 1–5 pm

Live performance with JaF at The Isabel
In-person and live streaming, 8 March, 7:30 pm

Toronto Biennial of Art
26 March–5 June 2022

Curated by Sebastian De Line

A partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art, Agnes and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

5 March–8 May 2022

Exhibition Celebration! 18 March, 7–9 pm

Shelby Lisk is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and photographer with roots in Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) whose art practice is grounded in her connection to and place in the world as a Kanyen’kehá:ka woman.

Equal parts title and reminder, Lisk’s project centres women in her life who extend and continue to model an ethic of care. Initiated in spring 2021, during Ontario’s third lockdown, Lisk worked collaboratively with these women to design earrings that she subsequently beaded and gifted. The outcomes of this exchange are documented in a series of photographic portraits.

Curated by Michelle Bunton and Suzanne van de Meerendonk

Connected to Agnes’s Studios in Solitude micro-residency, this exhibition is supported by City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and Bader Legacy Fund.


This winter, artists Sebastian De Line and JP Longboat and a playgroup of local artists connect with Haudenosaunee ways such as “preparing a bundle” when readying to go out on the land; artists and mentors steward a relational process for collective thinking-making informed by stories of the land. It draws upon Indigenous teachings of using the present season’s dynamics to prepare for the next, using up and renewing what’s in the bundles we carry.

Initiated by Emelie Chhangur and Sunny Kerr

Supported by Ontario Art Council’s Arts Response Initiative. JP Longboat thanks the Ontario Arts Council Artist-Presenter Collaboration Projects for their support of Along the Way.

9 April–10 July 2022

For the past 20 years, the Koerner Artist-in-Residence Program has brought some of Canada’s most innovative artists to Queen’s for sustained periods of engagement. This exhibition brings together a selection of prints by leading Canadian artists Stephen Andrews, Shary Boyle, Kim Dorland, Geoffrey Farmer, Vera Frenkel, Luis Jacob, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyen and Ursula Johnson that were produced during these residencies to consider the relationship between art practice and artist-led pedagogy.

Curated by Alejandro Arauz and Jennifer Kennedy

Supported by The Koerner Visiting Artist Fund, The Fine Art (Visual Art) Program and The Department of Art History and Art Conservation.


Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, collecting and preserving 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 support and centre the artistic expression and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

36 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and through generous contributions by foundations, corporate partners, donors and members.

1. Rajni Perera working in her studio, 2021. Courtesy of the artist

2. Jatiwangi art Factory, 2021.

3. Shelby Lisk, Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa, Amanda, test shot, 2021, digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist

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