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.

Equipment Rental Rates (Will be updated shortly) 

Modern Fuel tries to make equipment available for rental to a wide array of individuals, from professionals to students. On account of this, we have a flexible rental rate. Please inquire with your budget and we will help to work within it. 

Panasonic HPX-170 HD 

1/3" 3 Chip HD (1080P 30 Frames/sec) camcorder that stores footage to 32 gig P2 card  

Daily $75  Weekend $200


Panasonic DVX 100AP 

3 Chip, progressive SD camcorder (24P) shoots to MiniD tape.

Daily $40 Weekend $100

Panasonic AMQ63 tape ($8 each) (This is the only tape to use in this camera)


Eos Rebel T3 1100D DSLR 

18-55mm Lens , 12 megapixel still,6400 ISO, shoots 720P HD 25/30 frame, Mov (mpeg4) to a 8 and 16 gig SD cards. HDMI out.

Daily $25 Weekend $75


Sanyo VPC TH1 

720 p in H.264 & MPEG-4, ISO 1600, X30 Optical Zoom. 

Daily $15  Weekend $40


A Manfrotto 501HDV/525MVB Tripod

can be rented with any above camera 

Daily $5  Weekend $15


Lowel DV Creator 55 Lighting Kit 

500W Rifa Softlight, 500W Focusable Omni-light, 250W Focusable Prolight & 750 W Broad Throw Tota-light with stands, barn doors, umbrella & gels

Daily $25 Weekend   $75 


Field Audio Kit 

Sony MD 7506 Headphones, Rolls  MX422 Field Mixer, Azden SGM-2 Shotgun Mic with shock mount & XLR Cables for boom or camcorder. K&M Boom Pole

Daily $20Weekend $50


AKG (wireless Lav)

Daily$15  Weekend $40 


Editing Suite

2.5Ghz i5 Imac with Final Cut Pro X (during Gallery Hours.) Dual Monitors. 

20 Hours Free with Membership.  $5 per hour 


  • Weekend Rate is based on pick up Friday or Saturday and return Tuesday.
  • Equipment is only available for rental to Modern Fuel members ($40 a year, $25 Students)
  • In order to rent, members are required to take an introductory workshop or demonstrate working knowledge of the equipment. 
  • All rentals must be prepaid and require a safety deposit . A credit card may be required. Members must sign an equipment rental contract (once) and then sign out on a case by case basis before renting any equipment. All rentals subject to approval by Modern Fuel staff 
  • Late, damaged or dirty equipment will result in forfeiture of  some or all of the safety deposit and may incur additional charges which must be paid or no further rental is possible  

Contact Modern Fuel for more information (613) 548-4883