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Renovated Market Wing in Kingston’s City Hall opens for visitors

Image provided by the City of Kingston.

The newly renovated Market Wing in Kingston City Hall National Historic Site is scheduled to open to the public on a limited basis starting Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

The former administrative space is now accessible, and has been designed to house exhibitions and programs that combine history and the arts to highlight Kingston, and to explore diverse histories, stories and ideas relevant to residents and visitors alike, according to a release from the City dated Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

“The Market Wing is being redeveloped in response to the findings that have emerged from the ‘Your Stories, Our Histories’ project. Residents have asked that the City rethink how we interpret local history to reflect greater equity, diversity and inclusion by broadening the range of histories and stories that get shared, and with a particular focus on presenting Indigenous history and culture,” says Colin Wiginton, Cultural Director. “This new space will provide new opportunities to look at the past, present and future with a critical eye, and combine history and the arts in ways that bridge these two sectors to highlight Kingston’s diverse cultural heritage—natural, tangible and intangible— alongside the local arts ecology and creative industries. Achieving these ambitions will take time, but it’s exciting to be able to start the process this winter.”

Image provided by the City of Kingston.

Learn more about the new Market Wing Cultural Space at www.CityofKingston.ca/MarketWing.

Inaugural Exhibitions

The City says the inaugural exhibitions include a re-mount of the popular exhibition Ontario Street: Brewers, Bakers and Boiler Makers, 1830-1970, previously presented at the  PumpHouse Museum, along with Then & Now, a temporary exhibition that highlights the work of emerging and established Kingston-based artists who have been asked to respond to a selection of historic images of Kingston.

Planning your visit to the new Market Wing Cultural Space

To access the Market Wing Cultural Space, enter via the fully accessible City Hall entrance located off Market Street. Due to COVID-19, staff and visitors are expected to follow all local and provincial guidelines to ensure safe visits for all including screening procedures, attendance limits, hand-sanitizing stations, clear signage, directional wayfinding and more, according to the release. The City says staff will be present in the Market Wing Cultural Space during opening hours to answer visitors’ questions and to ensure health and safety policies and measures are upheld.

The Market Wing will be open to visitors each Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. with last entry permitted at 3:30 p.m. Entry is free.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the project page: www.CityofKingston.ca/MarketWing

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