Derya Akay Inhabits Etherington House

Season’s Greetings from Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Over the past six years, Stonecroft Foundation has laid the groundwork for Agnes Reimagined whereby we turn Etherington House back into a home. This season, Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence Derya Akay’s 3D printed Anatolian vessels decorate the Study in Etherington House. This artist-led research and creation project anticipates our closure and foreshadows our reopening, marking the transition of Etherington House back to its original use as a residence. Derya’s residency smooths this transformation, grounding Agnes’s re-emergence as a living space in Agnes Reimagined. Agnes loves living with Derya!

Derya Akay, 2023 Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence

“Ways of building, growing, and cooking become translated in my work into gesture, composition and form,” writes Derya Akay on the acts of curiosity and learning that animate this research residency focused on food and culture.

Akay has been working on proliferating versions of tableware and cooking vessels while living in Kingston for most of fall 2023 as Agnes Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence. Inspired by the book Anatolian Dishes and Turkish Cuisine featuring regional recipes and illustrations of vernacular kitchenware of the early twentieth century, Akay’s bowls, plates and pots have emerged in a diversity of materials. Artwork Becomes Dinner Party, featuring sketches, studies and prototype vessels whose distinctive characteristics are created through crisscrossing traditional and digital media, is on view December 1 – 21, 2023.

Derya Akay (Turkish, b. 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist who works, learns and gardens on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Akay plays with the tensions between preservation and decay, control and chance, trial and error. Their process-based artistic strategies allow them to embrace the realities of time and transformation. Akay poeticizes the act of cooking, using it as a metaphor for their studio-based practice.

Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art

Supported by Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts. Derya Akay is represented by Unit 17, Vancouver.

About the Agnes’s Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence Program

First launched in 2017 with a visionary gift from the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts, the residency has hosted leading Canadian contemporary artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Tau Lewis, Walter Scott, Jol Thoms, Oriah Scott, EronOne, HONE, HUNGR, AJ Little and Emily May Rose to Agnes for periods of extended research, artistic exchange and creation. The residencies deepen access with artists for students, and the Queen’s and Kingston communities, sparking enduring relationships and networks.

“Stonecroft Foundation has laid the groundwork for Agnes Reimagined where we return Etherington House back into a home, creating a live-in artist residency upstairs and a community facing hub downstairs, says Emelie Chhangur, Agnes Director and Curator, “we couldn’t do this without Stonecroft’s shared commitment to incubating artist’s practices.”

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Construction for Agnes Reimagined begins May 13, 2024!

Situated within territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre 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 in Kingston. 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.

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Image credits:
1. Artwork Becomes Dinner Party, 2023, wood, ABS filament, metal, flowers and dinner. Photo: Garrett Elliott
2. Portrait of Derya Akay. Photo: Tim Forbes
3. Derya Akay, process images, 2023. Courtesy of the artist.