With our relocation to the Tett Centre for Creativity in early 2015, Modern Fuel has brought the name New Media Workspace to a close. In February, we relaunched a new flexible Workspace, expanding upon the independent and experimental spirit of the original premise and extending our committment to emerging digital practices and artistic production. This new Workspace will be a site of residencies, research and production. It will house media arts equipment for affordable rental rates, and have many upgrades in equipment courtesy a grant from the Cultural Development Fund. It is an exciting opportunity to further integrate media arts practices within our programming activities while expanding upon the opportunities and services offered to members, artists, and the community-at-large.
History of the New Media Workspace:
In 2002, Modern Fuel created the New Media Workspace. Prior to this innovation, Kingston did not have significant infrastructure for independent media production, despite a small community of film-makers and producers. This was a noteworthy omission considering that other similar sized communities had long maintained infrastructure for production support. In our first year, our activities were primarily concerned with assisting local artists in documenting and archiving their work.
In 2003 we were able to acquire the first of our base equipment needs through a matching-grant from Cultural Spaces Canada (Canadian Heritage) and the Davies Charitable Foundation, but it was the activities supported in 2004 and 2005 by the Healthy Community Fund which afforded the NMW its most impressive achievements to date including a media camp, workshops and the acquisition of important new media equipment. These accomplishments were guided by project staff with the New Media Committee, a member-led advisory group for the Workspace.
Over the past ten years, the New Media Workspace was a resounding succes, supporting countless artists and their project. Click Here to visit Our Vimeo Page to see some work that we have done.