UG offers academic and experiential learning opportunities within and beyond Queen's University. We support interdisciplinary research, presentation and interpretation of contemporary art by championing pedagogical inquiries, curatorial experiments and alternative models to arts engagement. Our student-majority team works closely with arts professionals to collaboratively support gallery operations and programming as artists, curators, writers, researchers, arts educators and more. We also host a free Resource Library with relevant and engaging texts in the form of curatorial essays, creative non-fiction, poetry chapbooks, artist books and catalogues.
Union Gallery is committed to supporting experiential learning, professional development and interdisciplinary research across the arts. We aim to open the door for students and emerging artists, arts workers and curators to gain experience working within a professional art gallery and create an impact through their involvement. We pride ourselves on bringing students and artists from various disciplines into conversation and praxis with one another—to mobilize artistic production, curation and interpretation in Katarokwi-Kingston. There are many ways to get involved and join our team!
We offer guided tours of our exhibitions to university and college classes, elementary and post-secondary school groups, and community groups of all ages. Tours offer alternative perspectives and context on artworks presented, and the opportunity for critical group discussion. Tour programs are geared to the interests of the group and can include hands-on activities led by gallery staff or artists.
Faculty and students across all disciplines, community groups and clubs are also invited to host their own events in our space while contributing to the gallery's interdisciplinary environment and a vibrant culture on campus.
As a proud member of the Katarokwi-Kingston arts community, UG has many existing community partnerships, and we endeavour to further build meaningful relationships in the region and beyond. We’re committed to fostering 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. Community programs are the outgrowth of deep collaboration between UG and partners.
To request study guides, schedule a group visit or exhibition tour, connect about collaborating, or inquire about hosting an event at the gallery, please contact our Director, Carina Magazzeni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Union Gallery regularly publishes student writing in the form of relevant and engaging curatorial essays, creative non-fiction or short, narrative works. We are slowly digitizing our publications, including our zine-aesthetic newsletters from the '90s and Annual Retro Catalogues (2000–2013). Print publications can be purchased at the gallery (pay-what-you-can). We also host a free Resource Library which includes a vast array of contemporary art magazines, poetry chapbooks, artist books, catalogues and more.
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