Academic Outreach

Learning Through Art

Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research-intensive art museum that serves as an active educational resource at Queen’s University.

Faculty across all disciplines are invited to create vivid experiential programs for their students by scheduling a custom tour of an exhibition, arranging a visit to our art study room for seminars with works from our collections, or booking a special encounter for your class with a visiting artist or scholar.

Agnes programs are designed to illuminate the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present. Our learning-through-art team offers unparalleled access to artworks and experts. We are ready to work with you to integrate a transformative, vital learning experience with art into your course.

For more information or to discuss ideas for integrating exhibitions and collections into your teaching and scholarship, contact the Associate Curator, Academic Outreach at (613) 533.6000 x 77877 or email heather.parker@queensu.ca.

Ways to Engage

Our expert team is ready to help you engage in interdisciplinary research, learning and conversations driven by the study and experience of art.


Groups of up to 20 students can access a selection of works of art from our superb collections—17,000+ works—for examination in the David McTavish Art Study Room. Such sessions are flexible, intimate and particularly enriching. The seminar-style room, complete with AV system, allows students to view the works closely, examine their material character and engage in discussion.


In addition to self-guided tours, we offer custom in-gallery curatorial tours for groups of up to 30 students. Larger classes can be accommodated by subdividing the group across several shifts.

Exhibition Development

Faculty may propose an exhibition development project as the focus of a seminar course (normally graduate level), working with gallery staff to identify a body of work from the collection that suits their learning goals.


We can assist you in developing engaging assignments that draw upon exhibitions or collections.


Individual faculty or graduate students may book research sessions with works of art or with other on-site resources, including gallery records.


The bright André Biéler Studio can accommodate groups up to 25 students for hands-on learning and/or art and wellness sessions. Charges may apply.


We offer a spectrum of artists’ talks, tours, films, scholarly speakers and panel discussions each year. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, or visit our website listing.

Internships/Practicum Placements

We welcome interns and practicum students from across campus. Agnes staff supervise students from many different departments. We currently have partnerships with Art History, Cultural Studies, Education and History.

Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies

Agnes has partnered with the Department of Film and Media to offer the Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies graduate program (MA and PhD), which launched in 2019. Students benefit from an enriching tripartite immersion in studies, creation and curation, with an emphasis on visual and digital media. Agnes professional staff lead two curatorial courses in this innovative program.

Discover Academic Outreach Projects

The David McTavish Art Study Room

The David McTavish Art Study Room (DMASR) is a learning space created in memory of the late David McTavish, a respected scholar of Renaissance art, beloved professor and mentor, former Head of the Department of Art and transformative Director of Agnes. This room is an accessible space designed for small groups to examine, research and study original works of art. It furthers the academic mission of Queen’s University by supporting custom seminars, and, at the same time, offers flexible community access to the superb collections of Agnes.

Photo by Tim Forbes.

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Agnes reopened on Tuesday 7 July. Welcome back! Learn more.