An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry

Working with an expanded view of the curatorial—from making collections to simply making connections—we invite artists, cultural workers, students and community members to join us for An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry, a week-long free event, of discussions, performances, exhibitions and workshops.

An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry

In-person, 14–19 August 2022
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, and Feminist Art Residency
Free and open to the public. Registration opens 5 July

The Summer Institute is anchored by conversational panels that tentacle out to workshops, artist performances, a 24-hour read-in, a graduate student reading group and a family program, all located at Agnes the first four days. The final day takes place at the neighboring Feminist Art Residency (FAR), bringing participants outside the institution.

Mark your calendars; stay tuned for details and please join us!
The event page is updated as other speakers and programs are confirmed.

+ Meet & Greet
+ Count + Care Family Program

+ Conversational Panel, Count + Care
+ Along the Way: Decolonial Ecologies Playgroup, JP Longboat
+ Afronautic Research Lab: Probing the Loyalist Trail, Camille Turner
+ Celebration Gathering, Agnes Summer-Fall Exhibitions, An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry and Museums Without Walls (MWW)

+ Conversational Panel (MWW), Media Museums: Past and Future, Gabriel Menotti, Shauna Doherty, Sarah Kenderdine
+ Conversational Panel, Hauntings in the Digital Sphere: Curating Collection Portals, Danuta Sierhuis and Jennifer Nicoll
+ Workshop, Manifesting Reimagined Collection Portals, Danuta Sierhuis and Jennifer Nicoll
+ Workshop (MWW), Curating Digital Media, Michael Connor
+ Workshop (MWW), Participatory World-Making, Teodora Fartan
+ Conversational Panel (MWW), Institutional Strategies, Jen Kennedy, Lindsay Corbett, Michael Carter-Arlt

+ Conversational Panel, Transatlantic Reverberations, Qanita Lilla, Julianna Ribeiro de Silva Bevilacqua, Richard Tsogang Fossi, Nomusa Makhubu, Romauld Tchibozo
+ Conversational Panel, De-Centering Europe in North American Institutions, Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Adam Harris Levine, Diva Zumaya

+ Conversational Panel, Marking Time, Nasrin Himada, Emelie Chhangur, Bopha Chhay, Pamila Matharu, Maiko Tanaka
+ Conversational Panel, Curatorial Pedagogy and Practice
+ Exit Through the Back Door Laughing, Alize Zorlutuna & SF Ho
+ A Collective Read-In, Sebastian De Line

+ Let It Rot: Feminist Art Residency (FAR)

+ A Manifesto for Radical Care, Tian Zhang
+ A Collection of Dreams, Centre for Sustainable Curating/Kirsty Màiri Robertson
+ Reading Group/Library/Hang-Out on Curatorial Care

Partners: Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Screen Cultures & Curatorial Studies, Film & Media, Queen’s University, Kingston; Museums Without Walls; Feminist Art Residency (FAR); The Blackwood and Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga; Gender Studies, York University, Toronto; Centre for Sustainable Curating and Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University, London; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; and School of the Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton

An Institute for Curatorial Inquiry is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council (Arts Response Initiative), an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council; and Queen’s University’s Bader Legacy Fund, Department of Film and Media, David Bain Memorial Fund, Inclusive Community Fund, Robert Sutherland Visitorship and Brockington Visitorship.


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
Facebook: @aeartcentre
Twitter: @aeartcentre
Instagram: @aeartcentre

Agnes is an accessible venue, details can be found here.

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. Installation view of Transformations, a site-specific commission. Photo: Jay Middaugh
2. Installation view of With Opened Mouths, Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Photo: Tim Forbes

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