Arts in Brief

A form of formlessness is currently on display at the Agnes.

$65,000 donated to digitize library archives 

Queen’s University Library received $65,000 from the National Heritage Digitiation Strategy on Oct. 16 to digitize their project The papers of John Buchan, first Baron of Tweedsmuir. 

As part of the project, the funds will go towards digitizing the fonds of the John Buchan collection—the most frequently visited private collection of documents at the Queen’s archives—as well as an additional 50 bound manuscripts containing Buchan’s novels and poetry. 

Buchan was the 15th Governor General of Canada, and the First Baron of Tweedsmuir.

Buchan was actively engaged in nation-building, as the first Governor General to visit the Arctic—expanding the notion of Canadian geography, according to a Queen’s University Library release.

In addition to a political career, Buchan was an avid proponent of multiculturalism, urging Canadians to develop a shared sense of identity while preserving their own heritage.

Buchan was also an accomplished writer, and his literary spirit lives on in the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which celebrate the best of Canadian literature. 

He created the award himself while Governor General.

The John Buchan collection reflects this extensive political, literary, and personal experience, which the former Governor General shared in his writing. 

“Buchan’s personal and professional activities, coupled with his access to a wide variety of communities through virtue of his role, makes this material of interest to literary, political, historical, and scientific research communities,”Queen’s University Library wrote in their statement. 

According to the statement, the project hopes to increase  accessibility to the fonds and allow for greater interpretation and research around national narrative and identity in his writings.  


Agnes Etherington Shortlisted for OAAG Awards

On Oct. 11, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre snagged multiple nominations in the 41st season of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) awards. 

The award ceremony will take place on Nov. 19 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto, and will celebrate the programming of public art galleries across Ontario. 

The Agnes exhibit A form of formlessness, by PhD student Teresa Carlesimo and Kingston-based artist Michael DiRisio has been shortlisted for the Exhibition of the Year, Budget Under $10,000 award. 

The exhibit explores world-wide ecosystem loss through single-use items such as PVC pipe, and aluminum studs.  

Curator of Contemporary Art Sunny Kerr was also nominated for a curatorial writing award for his essay, “Les Levine: Transmedia, 1964 to 1974.” The publication explores the work of Toronto-based artist Les Levine, who’s recognized as a founder of media art—art created with new media technologies.  

“The Awards recognize excellence and celebrates the significance of Ontario’s Public Art Galleries,” said Zainub Veriee, executive director of OAAG in an Agnes Etherington media release. “We share an unbounded optimism in our services to Ontario’s Public Art Galleries impact and relevance in shaping and enriching the lives of Ontarians through art.” 



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