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January 22, 2021

Radical hospitality

Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University

Virtual Art Hive. @ Agnes, 2020.

Harper Johnston, 2019. Photo: Garrett Elliott.

Installation view of Sandra Brewster: Blur at Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Photo: Tim Forbes.

Art and Wellness in Communities with Savneet Talwar and Janis Timm-Bottos, 2020.

The living room is an office. The kitchen is an archive. The bedroom is a classroom. It’s time to welcome wellness into the home.

Art therapy at Agnes takes many forms: from Indigenous-led reconciliation processes based on healing time and space to non-judgemental, adult art-making release (and relax) parties, to activities that engage your kids more than the school system can right now because it’s just too overwhelmed.

Welcome the Agnes Etherington Art Centre into your home and turn your family’s computer systems into relational networks.

Join a burgeoning community committed to curatorial acts of care and find time to participate in the facilitated Virtual Art Hive @Agnes, Deep Looking and The Art and the Wellness Speaker Series.

All programs are free.

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes
Online, Thursdays, January 14–March 18, 4–5:30pm
Artmaking is as innately therapeutic. How do we put its benefit into practice? Come be a part of this creative, international community, recharge and be re-inspired.

In Art Hive, adults are invited to explore artistic processes through experimentation and play. Harper Johnston, art therapist and facilitator, is present to support your creative journey by offering inspired thematic topics. Projects are designed to use materials you already have on hand and no prior artistic experience is needed.

A professional art therapist and play therapy intern, Harper Johnston, BA, BEd, MFA, DTATI has over thirty years of experience working as an arts educator with adults, adolescents and children. Harper has been facilitating Art Hive @Agnes since January 2019.

Program made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation.

Deep Looking
Online, Tuesdays, January 19–February 23 and March 23, 12:15–1pm
Slow down! Take time to deeply observe works of art in select Agnes exhibitions including Radicals and Revolutionaries: Artists of Atelier 17, 1960, Sandra Brewster: Blur and Drift: Art and Dark Matter. Utilizing various strategies informed by contemplation practice, these experiences allow for relaxation and new insights. (Maybe even better than a meditative body scan?).

Digital Agnes
Art and Wellness Speaker Series
Put on your headphones and delink. Experts in the fields of community building, social prescriptions, museum wellness, and craft and Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers address innovative art and wellness practices across museums, hospitals, art studios and gathering spaces. Closed captioned with transcripts.

Some highlights include:
“First Nations creativity, cultural knowledge, language, and spirituality for reclamation: A reconciliation process based on healing time and space” with JP Longboat, Storyteller, Multi-Disciplinary Artist

“A Traditional Indigenous Way of Life Through Song, Dance, and Rites of Passage” with Elaine Kicknosway, Wolf Clan, Member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation

“Crafting Empathy, Stitch by Stitch” with Savneet Talwar, PhD, ATR-BC, Professor and Chair of the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

“engAGE Living Lab Digital Era Response: (ELLDER): Fostering Online Networks of Care and Connection” with Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, ATR-BC, PT, Art Hives Initiative Founder and Director

“Thing Provocations” with Allison Morehead, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History and Cultural Studies, Queen’s University

“The Physician as an Artist” with Max Montalvo, MD

“When the Museum Cares” with Stephen Legari, Program Officer, Art Therapy, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Program made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation and the Queen’s University Inclusive Community Fund.


Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre and 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.

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.

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