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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Reception and Inaugural Marian Bradshaw Memorial Lecture 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Speakers & Presentations

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Tour & Art Conservation Labs (Queen's University)

Dinner Gala River Mill & Miscellaneous images of Kingston 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Memorial City Hall - Lectures and presentations

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Barriefield Heritage Tour

Fort Henry Tour

Trends and Traditions




Blemora Heritage Antiques

Doublenaut Design Co. (In kind)

Everlovin' Press (In kind)

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada

VIA Rail Canada  (In kind)    



Marian Bradshaw Memorial Lecture Fund, Karen Golets, Ann Greaves, Maurice (Moe) Johnson, Kingston Antiques Society (In honour of Audrey Bailey), Henry Wiercinski


Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Beaver Mills Design, Canadian Crafts Federation , Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Capital Heritage, Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft, Frontenac Heritage Foundation, Kingston Tourism, Ontario Historical Society, Ontario Museums Association, Rogue's Hollow, Studio Magazine, William Morris Society 

For details about supporting or sponsoring our symposium please contact gilleslatour@csda-ccad.org


SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM (Subject to change)


Agnes Etherington Art Centre House and Atrium

4:00-6:00 pm  Registration and Opening Reception

Welcome to Kingston, the Limestone City. Antiques expert JANET CARLILE will offer free decorative arts appraisals.

6:15-6:30  Welcome and Territorial Acknowledgement

KANOHYSONNE JANICE HILL, Queen’s University Associate Vice-Principal and Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation.

6:30-7:15  The inaugural MARIAM BRADSHAW MEMORIAL LECTURE  - Weaving Stories Together: Curating Indigenous-Settler Interaction

TIM FORAN, Curator, British North America,The Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Québec.

Our opening lecture will explore the contemporary practice of curating Indigenous-settler histories in public museums and heritage sites, focusing on the collaboration between Indigenous communities and the CMH. Tim will also remark on the subject of repatriation of artefacts and ceremonial objects to their Indigenous communities of origin.

7:15-8:00  Social time


Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

8:30-9:00 am  Morning Coffee and Fresh Baked Goods and Fruit

9:00-9:45  Bringing the Empire Home: Canadian Objects and Imagery within British Country Houses

STEVEN McNEIL, Assistant Curator, University Art Collection, Victoria College, University of Toronto, will explore the English gentry’s fascination for colonial Canadiana from the 18th to early 20th century.

9:45-10:45  Woodwork in Historic Buildings of Kingston Region

JENNIFER McKENDRY, Kingston-based architectural historian will discuss the interior schemes of 19th-century buildings including cupboards, mantelpieces, doors, moldings and selected furnishings.

10:45-12:15  Clothes for a Gallery Goer and Queen’s Art Conservation Department Tours

ALICIA BOUTILIER, Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the Agnes will lead us through a private tour of the exhibition Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer, followed by a behind-the-scene visit to the Queen’s Art Conservation Department to watch their specialists at work. Group may be split and alternate tours.

12:15-1:15  Lunch in the Atrium

1:15-1:45  At Home in the Swamp Ward

LAURA MURRAY, Queen’s University professor and director of the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project, will illuminate mid-20th century domestic life of a working class and immigrant area of Kingston through a sampling of images and stories she has uncovered in her research.

1:45-2:30  Never Stop Exploring, Never Stop Making

BRAD COPPING, leading Canadian glass blower and artist will speak about the need to make as a way of being in the world, giving examples from both sides of his creative practice.

2:30-2:45  Coffee Break

2:45-3:30  Everlovin’, Kingston and its Makers

VINCENT PEREZ, letterpress printer, designer, and advocate for Kingston’s makers will speak about his own craft and Kingston’s emergence as a contemporary cultural hub.

3:30-4:15  Grace and Whimsy in Porcelain

MARNEY McDIARMID is a leading contemporary Canadian ceramist based in Kingston, whose individual, colourful, hand-built functional forms are a visual and tactile delight, will describe her methods and sources of inspiration.

6:30-11:00  Gala Dinner, River Mill Restaurant*

Raffle and after-dinner entertainment by storyteller BRIAN HETHERINGTON and musical accompanist, SASKIA TOMKINS. *NB Dinner is an extra fee - $135.00.



Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium (morning) and Kingston City Hall (afternoon)

9:00-9:45 am CSDA Annual General Meeting

10:00-10:45  The Meissen Fallacy

DR. ROSS RAMSAY AND GAEL RAMSAY, Bow and English Porcelain scholars, New Zealand.

Over 18 years, the Ramsays have amassed a huge body of original research on English Porcelain, both historical and technical. Their talk will dispel some common notions about Meissen ceramics.

10:45-11:30  Self-guided Walking Tours

LOOP 1 (24 min.) The Agnes to Martello Tower, past stone mansions along King Street to Sir John A. Macdonald Memorial, City Park, Queen’s campus via Founders Row, back to the Agnes.

LOOP 2 (34 min.) The Agnes to Martello Tower, along waterfront to Bellevue House National Historic Site, Tett Centre for Creativity, Bader Theatre, back to the Agnes. Alternate self-guided walks will be made available.

11:30-12:30  Lunch on your own

PLEASE ARRIVE AT KINGSTON CITY HALL PROMPTLY for 12:30 private tour of Memorial Hall’s 12 stained glass windows commemorating Canadian battles in WW1. Afternoon program generously supported by Moe Johnson.

1:00-1:15  A Rousing Kingston Welcome  

Greeting by World Champion Town Crier CHRIS WHYMAN and welcome address by DEPUTY MAYOR ROBERT KILEY on Kingston’s commitment to the arts and the Mayor’s Arts Awards, established in 2017.

1:15-2:00  Sifting and Sorting   affordable tickets through Eventbrite

DENNIS MILLS, an addicted collector of early Canadian handwoven textiles, will explore scholarly methodologies of collecting: the technical, historical, contextual, cultural, social and aesthetic factors that help to determine merit and value. Generously sponsored by Mississippi Valley Textile Museum www.mvtm.ca

2:00-2:45  The Potter, the Merchant and the Dairymaid   affordable tickets through Eventbrite

MAURICE “MOE” JOHNSON, scholar and collector of early Ontario pottery, will explore the 19th century relationship of the Picton Pottery with Kingston and area merchants, and show some magnificent examples of decorated stoneware that will be featured in his forthcoming book, The Potter’s Reach.

2:45-3:30  City Hall Guided Tour

This National Historic Site is a fine Tuscan Classical stone building with a distinctive portico, copper-roofed dome and good interior woodwork from the 1840s.

3:45-7:00  Private Home and Collection Tours

Choose between a reception hosted at the country home of TONI and JOHN ANGUS to see their eclectic collections of antique Québec furniture and folk art, or a visit to the period home of JENNIFER McKENDRY, furnished with early 19th-century Canadian antiques, to see her collection of antique and vintage doll houses.

7:30  Return to Kingston

Evening/dining on your own, suggestions provided.


Out and about

9:00-10:00 am On the Hunt

Browse the outdoor antiques market at the landmark Springer Market Square, Kingston City Hall.

10:00-11:00  Barriefield Heritage Tour

Board the bus for a short ride to the Barriefield Heritage Conservation District for a guided walking tour of this charming 19th-century neighbourhood, led by resident CHRISTINE SYPNOWICH.

11:00-1:00  Guided Tour of Fort Henry

Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada is an authentic 19th-century British military fortress and Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Majestic Fort Henry is set high above the Kingston harbour on Lake Ontario, the gateway to the St. Lawrence River, and the Rideau Canal.

1:00-2:30  Lunch at Battery Bistro*

Enjoy lunch at Battery Bistro on the terrace (weather permitting) overlooking Kingston and neighbouring islands in Lake Ontario. *Extra fee

2:45  Return by Bus to City Hall

Farewells until next year when we reconvene in the fall.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Prior to Aug. 31, 2019 CSDA will refund registrations minus a $75 administration

fee for full registration and gala dinner ticket fees. After August 31, 2019 no refunds will be processed.

No refunds will be given for no-shows. Substitutes are welcomed except for Student registrations.

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
© 2019 Canadian Society of Decorative Arts / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs