Agnes Etherington Art Centre to Reopen Its Doors February 20th

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday 20 February. Upon opening, visitors may enjoy new exibitions including See the Drift: Art and Dark Matter, From the Vibe Out (Neven Lochhead) and Radicals and Revolutionaries: Artists of Atelier 17, 1960s for the first time. Admission, as it always has been, is free.

Inferring a future course by extrapolating from the experimental collaborations of the past and unfurling new formations in the present, the AGNES’s Winter 2021 exhibitions speculate on the contours of the unknown.


16 January–30 May 2021 

An invisible matter is having a gravitational effect on everything. Without the gravity of this “dark” matter, galaxies would fly apart. Observational data in astroparticle physics indicate that it exists, but so far dark matter hasn’t been detected directly. 

Agnes, in collaboration with Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB, has invited artists to go the distance and experiment with the contours of our unknown universe. Nadia Lichtig, Josèfa Ntjam, Anne Riley and Jol Thoms worked with the physicists, chemists and engineers who are contributing to the search for dark matter at SNOLAB’s underground facility in Sudbury, two kilometres below the surface of the Earth.  

Through their transdisciplinary exchanges with scientists, the artists have created artworks—sculpture, installation, textile and video—that emerge as multisensory agents in the search for an experience of dark matter. The title “Drift” comes from the mining term for a horizontal tunnel, in this case the hot underground passageway in the copper and nickel mine stretching between the elevator and the clean lab spaces of SNOLAB. The project thereby begins from a consideration of the forms and energies that connect research to labour, landscapes, cultures and histories. 

Digital AGNES: Learn more about the project through behind-the-scenes videos, interviews and interactive activities. Find it in the galleries and online. 

Drift: Art and Dark Matter is a residency and exhibition project generated by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB

Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art 


16 January–30 May 2021 

From the vibe out by Kingston-based artist and curator Neven Lochhead brings together his language-propelled approach to the moving image with his curatorial “space-making” practice. An installation of video and sound, Lochhead’s new project summons a semi-fictional, artist-led research institute as its interlocutor. Borrowing and bending the grammars of group-visioning exercises, a restless chorus of spectral art workers plot from their nascent organisational position. Utterances find a sense of traction by tethering themselves to a concrete, local referent: an empty art space in downtown Kingston. With this room as its anchor, Lochhead’s exhibition spins out an active “instituting” process that constructs not from the top down, nor the bottom up, but laterally, from the vibe out. Occupying two additional neighbouring rooms at Agnes, the exhibition’s “spatial stereoscopy” conjures an operative image by taking up two senses of projection: as the sculptural display of the moving image, and as a mode for inferring a future course by extrapolating from the dynamics of an immediate locale. 

Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art 


16 January–22 August 2021 

Printmaking as a medium for creative expression was revived and revolutionized in the mid-twentieth century largely through artists associated with Atelier 17. Towering figures of the twentieth century such as André Masson, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso benefitted from its boundary-pushing breakthroughs! Formed by Stanley William Hayter in 1927 as a space for artistic collaboration and experimentation, Atelier 17 brought together artists from around the world to develop new techniques, innovative ways of working and radical means of sharing knowledge. Radicals and Revolutionaries features prints drawn from Agnes’s collection by Atelier 17 artists Jennifer Dickson, Stanley William Hayter, Felicity Marshall, Agatha Sorel and others. 

Curated by Natalie Hume, under the mentorship of Alicia Boutilier, as part of the practicum course in the graduate program of the Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Queen's University. 


 To 25 April 2021: Nocturne 

To 6 September 2021: Sandra Brewster: Blur 

To 26 September 2021: Rembrandt and Company 

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 through exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, and geographies. 


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Agnes Etherington Art Centre 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. We are grateful for this crucial support. 



Jol Thoms, Orthomorph (Tunneling), 2020, digital print. Courtesy of the artist 

Neven Lochhead, From the vibe out, 2020, video still. Courtesy of the artist

Agatha Sorel, Give and Take, 1963, etching on paper, artist’s proof. Gift of Ronald A. Sweetman, 1986 (29-124.22)