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Art Hive @Agnes


Visual arts
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Agnes Etherington Art Centre

36 University Ave.

Frontenac County, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Artmaking is innately therapeutic and can improve general well-being. We invite adults 16+ to join us and explore the creative process through experimentation and play.

Art Hive is free; materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary. If you are looking for guidance, Harper Johnston, art therapist and facilitator, is onsite to offer support through suggestions and encouragement.

Please note, this program explores the idea of “art as therapy” as a means to relax and increase wellbeing through creative expression. Art Hive @Agnes is not formal Art Therapy and is not a replacement for professional medical assistance or consultation.

Facilitator Biography

Harper Johnston, RP, DTATI, MFA BEd BA has over thirty years of experience working as an arts educator with adults, adolescents and children. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, Professional Art Therapist, and a Play Therapy intern with her own private practice in Kingston. Harper also worked in film for many years as a stills photographer and camera assistant. Her film work, primarily with the C.B.C. and the National Film Board, took her all over the world. Harper has received numerous arts council grants and her photography has been shown across the country. She also has work in the Canada Council’s Art Bank permanent collection. Harper is friendly and enthusiastic and is always happy when called upon to share her creative ideas and studio knowledge.

Harper has been facilitating Art Hive @Agnes since January 2019.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation.



Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Situated within territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University in Kingston. By commissioning, researching, collecting and stewarding works of art, and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories 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. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.