UNION GALLERY is situated on the ancestral territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek, who have lived in kinship with this land, water and air for thousands of years. Ne Union Gallery e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenasaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa. Gimaakwe Gchi-gkinoomaagegamig atemagad Naadowe miinwaa Anishinaabe aking.
It is our understanding that this territory is included in the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Confederacy of the Ojibwe and Allied Nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, this meeting place is still home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and beyond. To acknowledge territory is to recognize its longer history, one predating the establishment of the earliest European colonies. To acknowledge territory is to recognize and respect the leadership of the land's original inhabitants. We recognize Union Gallery's own complicity in settler colonialism, its present occupation and violent legacy. We acknowledge our collective responsibility to work actively in support of Indigenous sovereignty, and towards a respectful relationship with this place. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land with respect and care.
UNION GALLERY is a not-for-profit, student-centred public contemporary art gallery at Queen's University. UG is a space centred in community and conversation, driven by play, curiosity, curation and research-creation. We are the primary public gallery at Queen's dedicated to showcasing the range and excellence of students' artistic and curatorial practices. UG also supports local (based in Katarokwi-Kingston), regional and national professional artists to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation and interpretation. We’re committed to supporting creative growth through merging technical and critical understandings of the arts, as well as a deeper understanding of how art can reflect the most important issues of our time. UG is centrally located on the first floor of Stauffer Library on Queen's main campus. All are welcome and admission is always free.
To provide an inclusive space and support for interdisciplinary artistic and curatorial research, presentation and interpretation by Queen's University students. To serve as a creative resource hub for students and professional artists to connect and explore shared interests and curiosities. To be a vital platform recognized for championing pedagogical inquiries, curatorial experiments and alternative models to arts engagement, while lifting up the next generation of artists. To centre experiential learning in all that we do. To foster empowerment and community engagement through creativity.
UNION GALLERY opened in 1994 after more than a decade of intense lobbying by Queen's University art students, with support from faculty and staff. Art on the Line (an Alma Mater Society sanctioned club) was formed in 1988 to petition for the inclusion of a designated gallery at Queen’s for student artists to exhibit their work and gain experiential professional development in the arts.
On April 5, 1990, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Assembly ratified the AMS Capital Allocation Committee final report, which allocated $340,000 towards the construction of a student art gallery in Stauffer Library. Union Gallery officially opened its doors on October 6, 1994. With the gallery’s opening, Art on the Line was dissolved and a new operating board was created, alongside the hire of Lynn Hunt as interim Gallery Manager. Jocelyn Purdie was hired in Fall 1994 as Managing Director, then Gallery Director, and retired in early 2020. Carina Magazzeni was hired as the gallery’s Director in Winter 2020. While affiliated with both Queen's University and the AMS through its mandate and operations, Union Gallery remains independent with its own constitution and Board of Directors.
Since its inception, Union Gallery has been a student-driven organization, with a blend of core professional and student staff and artists. UG’s integration of student and professional artistic programs remains unique in (the lands now known as) Canada.
ᐋᓃᓐ AANIIN SHE:KON WELCOME
UNION GALLERY is centrally located on Queen's University main campus, on the first floor of Stauffer Library. We are within walking distance of downtown Katarokwi-Kingston, Lake Ontario and Kingston General Hospital.
Thursday – Saturday, 11am–4:30pm
First Floor Stauffer Library, Queen's University
101 Union Street, Kingston ON, K7L 5C4
Free and open to all. Donations are welcome.
Hourly paid street parking is available on Alfred Street, just outside the gallery's west entrance. There is a paid parking lot located on Union Street, about 450 metres from the gallery, at Tindall Field Parking Lot.
613.533.3171 / firstname.lastname@example.org
UNION GALLERY welcomes all visitors. Admission to the gallery and programs are free of charge. Support persons are welcome free of charge for any registered program. Service animals are welcome. Our main entrance through Stauffer Library is accessible with automatic door openers. Our galleries are one level. Wheelchair-accessible stalls are available in the public washrooms located in the Stauffer Library Loggia. They do not have automatic door openers. There are two accessible parking spots located on Alfred Street. We are constantly striving to remove barriers and make our space and services more accessible for all individuals. For inquiries or feedback on access, please reach out: 613.533.3171 / email@example.com
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. Union Gallery is following Queen's University and KFLAPH health requirements. We are continuing to adapt our policies in alignment with Ontario's re-opening plans. When visiting, please observe the following policies:
UNION GALLERY is funded and supported by Queen's University, Alma Mater Society (AMS), Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), City of Kingston Arts Fund–Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston, with partnerships with Stauffer Library, Cultural Studies and Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies. As a student-centred public art gallery, we are generously funded through AMS and SGPS student activity fees (eligible for individual opt-out).
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