New Connections Ignited Across Agnes’s Collections and Commissions: DIGITAL AGNES 2.0

During our retreat, we launch: the second season of our With Opened Mouths Podcast, a series of Count + Care collection highlights, and a *new* Artists at Agnes video series. We are putting the final touches on an enhanced public interface for DIGITAL AGNES that better conveys the thematic intersections of our program—our “vibrating edges”—in digital space!

The highly anticipated second season of the With Opened Mouths Podcast is out!

Have you ever wondered what inspires creative hearts and minds? We’re back with a second season of With Opened Mouths, the podcast that gives poets, performers, artists, activists, and curators a platform to share their life journeys and to find out what compels them to imagine new worlds.

Join host Qanita Lilla, Agnes’s Associate Curator, Arts of Africa and local, national and international guests as they talk about what makes creative practice so profoundly human.

You’ll hear artists Pamila Matharu and Winsom Winsom, actor, writer, and curator Yousef Kadoura, spoken word poet Billie the Kid, visual artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe, digital humanities scholar Chao Tayiana Maina, poet Juliane Okot Bitek, artist Rajni Perera and artist, writer and curator Emelie Chhangur (Agnes’s Director and Curator). Listen to the unexpected paths of these exceptional people.

Subscribe now and enjoy eight new episodes, dropped monthly January–August 2023 on DIGITAL AGNES, CFRC 101.9’s website and your favourite podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.

Collection Count + Care video series

Count + Care seeks relationships within and conversations across the collection at Agnes and acts as a revolving access point through which to reflect on legacies of collecting—of holding but also homing. Artworks find themselves here through various means, whether a purchase, donation or transfer, tracing histories of artistic practice and curatorial priorities. Through inventory, Count + Care looks at what has been collected at Agnes and infers what should be collected in addition. The series emerges in relation to the exhibition Collection Count + Care (14 June–4 December 2022) and focuses on curated works in groups of two or three. Selections not only revisit the well-known but also reveal the under-recognized in Agnes’s collection, those who may not yet have had an opportunity to speak through or about their collectivity. What stories does the collection tell?

Funded by the Museums Assistance Program, Digital Access to Heritage grant. Johnson, Johnston and Macrae Investment Group, part of CIBC Private Wealth Wood Gundy is the sponsor for Collection Count + Care and its related programs.

Artists at Agnes video series

Artists at Agnes spotlights the work of artists represented in Agnes’s collection. Ideas and stories behind the artworks unreel through informed, first-hand accounts. Produced by artist-filmmakers behind cameras, this online film series shares studio visits, candid interviews, and location shots. The first commissioned film features Zimbabwean-Canadian stone sculptor Chaka Chikodzi and is produced by Naomi Okabe and Tess Girard with Chaka Chikodzi. After a multi-film festival debut in early March, the film will be published on DIGITAL AGNES.

Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Local Shorts Program, 5 March, 4 PM
Tickets on sale 6 Feb at

Belleville Downtown DocFest, in-person screening on 5 March and online 5–12 March.
Festival passes are on sale at and rush seats sold at the door.

Watch out for two more films in 2023–2024.

Funded by the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation and by the Museums Assistance Program, Digital Access to Heritage grant.

Coming soon! DIGITAL AGNES 2.0

Over the past two years, we have been thinking about our programming as interconnected lines of inquiry, learning how exhibitions and programs—not just artworks—can be “curated” into reciprocal conversation. It is in-between these exhibitions and programs—at their “vibrating edges”—where new connections are ignited across Agnes’s collections and commissions. A new public interface for DIGITAL AGNES, designed to better convey these vibrating edges, encapsulates thematic intersections in the digital space. Featuring digital projects and research in visual culture, DIGITAL AGNES has undergone a rigorous development and design update. We look forward to sharing it with you later this month!

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Situated within territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat, 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 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 support and centre the artistic expression and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces.

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Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
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AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and through generous contributions by foundations, corporate partners, donors and members.

1. With Opened Mouths Podcast wordmark by Vincent Perez.
2. Chaka Chikodzi, film still. Produced by Naomi Okabe and Tess Girard. Commissioned by Agnes, 2022
3. View from Collection Count + Care video series featuring Erika DeFreitas, A Teleplasmic Study with Doilies (A Selection), 2010–2011, digital photographs (3). Gift of Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, 2021 and Rembrandt van Rijn, Head of an Old Man in a Cap, around 1630, oil on panel. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2003.
4. Screenshot (preview!) of DIGITAL AGNES landing page featuring Transformations.

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