Designed to house the University’s major art collections, including the Bader Collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European art, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a lively gathering place for scholars, artists, students and the public. The complex is a joint partnership between the City of Kingston and Queen’s University, serving as both art gallery and art-conservation facility.
The complex includes a large art studio for classes and school programs, multipurpose hall for lectures and receptions, a retail outlet, an art rental program, storage vaults and support facilities. This integrated mix gives the centre significant flexibility as a public venue. The project includes 930-square-metres of gallery space, a 930-square-metre vault, and a further 1,070-square-metres of multipurpose room and support space. The building, which houses two Rembrandts, meets the highest standards for temperature, humidity and lighting control.