Agnes is a key resource for engaging with the visual arts.

There are many ways to be involved:

  • Respond to a job posting.
  • Become a volunteer.
  • Enroll in an internship or practicum course as part of your degree at Queen’s University.
  • Submit a proposal for an exhibition or a program.
  • Apply for an OAC Exhibition Assistance grant for artists and craftspeople.
  • Become a member and/or a donor.

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We accept internship proposals from students in post-secondary credit programs: contact the relevant staff to explore the possibilities.

Queen’s University courses are available: An Internship through Art History (ARTH 395), and Practica for graduate students through Art History (ARTH 880) and Cultural Studies (CUST 895). These intense hands-on applied learning and research opportunities are led by Agnes staff members who are faculty in the respective departments.

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The Agnes Society

The Agnes Society comprises members who want to actively contribute to the gallery’s work. Volunteer teams support and expand the gallery’s program capacity and outreach, enhancing its reference resources, financial health and social energy. Contact the Director to explore a role in this group.

Community Docents

This key team offers tours for the public and booked groups, including ESL and French-language groups, throughout the year. For those who love art and want to engage in life-long learning, this is a rewarding volunteer opportunity. Training meetings take place once a month on Mondays.

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Queen's Students

We welcome Queen’s students, undergraduate or graduate, who want to gain arts experience through volunteering. Whether you are interested in research, want to be involved behind-the-scenes, or enjoy working with the public, there is an opportunity for you.

Apply to become a Student Docent by 4 September 2020.

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Student Docents deliver educational school programs for students in grades 1–8 and support Agnes studio programming. Please note, all fall 2020 tours, programs and training will be delivered online. The delivery of the winter 2021 program is to be determined.

The Student Docent program offers a great opportunity for students to engage with the Kingston and surrounding community, increase their knowledge, work in a team environment and hone all-important presentation skills.

Celebrating Student Docents

As part of Queen’s 175th anniversary in 2016, we celebrated the student volunteer docents at the heart of our outreach programs through a series of profiles. About 690 Queen’s students from a range of disciplines have participated since 1980. For this project, we invited past docents to share their stories and reflect on their experience at Agnes. We are grateful to Stefanie Turmel, a former student docent, for her help with the project.

For Professionals


Agnes Etherington Art Centre accepts exhibition and program proposals on an ongoing basis. These are reviewed periodically, according to our needs and on a two-to-three-year advance planning cycle. For consideration, submit a brief outline of your proposal and documentation by email under the subject line “Submission,” to the attention of the Director.

While proposals are a valued part of our research ensuring our awareness of emerging artists, new work, innovative presentation formats, and scholarship only a small percentage of proposals can be realized. Due to the volume of submissions, we may respond only to those we are able to pursue. See our Exhibition Policy.

Queen’s University faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to explore exhibition initiatives and contribute to programs. For information, see more.

oac exhibition assistance grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a Recommender for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants program. We invite visual, media and craft artists living in eastern Ontario (Region 4) to apply for financial assistance for costs related to a confirmed upcoming exhibition.

Agnes reviews applications twice a year. Our 2019–2020 deadlines are: 31 July 2019 and 3 January 2020. We continue to accept applications between February and May.

For program guidelines, click here.

  • The application form is now exclusively in Nova. OAC no longer accepts applications on paper (some exceptions may apply.)
  • The maximum grant has been increased to $2,000.
  • Applicants may submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications.
For specific application inquiries, contact Jacqueline Bell at jacqueline.bell@queensu.ca or (613) 533.2190.
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Agnes reopened on Tuesday 7 July. Welcome back! Learn more.