Union Gallery is a space for creative risk-taking and curiosity that supports and promotes the arts communities of Katarokwi/Kingston by nurturing reciprocal relationships between students, artists, and arts workers at all stages of their careers. It is a community-driven hub for the production and exhibition of contemporary art that fosters critical engagement, facilitates interdisciplinary experimentation, and creates opportunities for the next generation of cultural producers.


Accessibility: Committing to reducing systemic and other barriers to access Union’s programs and resources. Respecting and nurturing the skills, experiences, perspectives, and strengths of individuals through careful listening, reflexive thinking, and accountability to the communities that Union works with and serves.

Equity and Anti-Oppression: Working to create anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and activities, and to support equity through programming and exhibitions. Investing resources to achieve greater equity and social justice. Continued engagement, learning, teaching, and reflection on dismantling marginalizing and oppressive power structures both within and beyond the gallery.

Reciprocity: Modeling ethical collaborative practices in multi-directional ways through programming that fosters creative dialogue. Facilitating the flow of knowledge between multiple worldviews and generations of artists, thinkers, learners, and teachers. Ensuring that the walls of the gallery are porous. 

Sustainability: Helping to bring about positive potential futures by advocating for and developing ecologically, socially, and fiscally responsible policies, programming, and exhibitions. Creating programs with meaningful and lasting impacts that are responsive to communities and to artists.


Union Gallery’s 2024-2027 Strategic Plan acknowledges that, after its incorporation in April 2023, the gallery is in a period of transformation and assessing its roles, responsibilities, and relationships. In line with this context, extending from the gallery’s renewed mandate and values, and informed by a summer 2023 strategic planning retreat with gallery members; members of Katarokwi/Kingston communities; Queen’s University students, faculty, and staff; and Union Gallery staff, the following strategic goals will lead Union through 2024-2027:

1. Prioritize art and programming that is transformative, socially engaged, and that advocates for equity-deserving groups.

2. Develop collaborations and partnerships with organizations and groups throughout the Katarokwi/Kingston region to strengthen reciprocal and sustainable relationships with communities.

3. Expand, diversify, and strengthen relationships with Union’s audiences. Develop creative ways to engage communities through exhibitions and programming.

4. Assess and activate Union’s relationship to departments and programs at Queen’s and mobilize its position as a community-driven experiential learning hub located within the space of the University.

5. Ensure financial and human resource sustainability for Union’s programs and operations.

6. Develop sustainability and anti-harassment policies.

To request a copy of our full strategic plan, please reach out: / 613.533.3171

UNION GALLERY is funded and supported by Queen's University, Alma Mater Society (AMS), Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund–Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston, with partnerships with Stauffer Library, Cultural Studies, Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies, and Art History and Art Conservation.