40th Anniversary Programming


As our 40th Anniversary approaches we hope that you will join us in reflecting on some of the many events and activities that Modern Fuel has been involved with over the years. Below are three events that our 40th Anniversary Committee has spent countless hours organizing; all events are free to attend and all are welcome. We would like to thank the members of the 40th Anniversary Committee - Judith Popiel (chair), Matt Rogalsky, Aida Sulcs, Ineke MacNab and Eric Folsom - and look forward to looking back. 

As stated in Spaces by Artists / Places des Artistes, the publication produced by ANNPAC in 1979, the Kingston Artists' Association - which later became Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre - was incorporated on 12 October 1977 to:

"(1) provide a focal organization and meeting place for artists and a place where the public can meet with participating artists on an informal basis; (2) to provide a vehicle for community art educational services and projects; (3) to provide studios and workshop space to artists, students, and the community; (4) to provide exhibition and performance facilities to artists in the form of a gallery; (5) to maintain a collection including slides of work and biographies of local artists; (6) to facilitate access to equipment beyond the means of individual artists; (7) to establish a publication and distribution base for the dissemination of documents, reviews, original prints, and newsletters."

While the organization has grown and transformed with each new wave of artists and individuals involved, it is fascinating to see how many of these founding interests remain relevant. The specific practices and media employed may shift (and our documentation certainly includes less slides and more jpgs), but the emphasis on supporting the presentation, interpretation, and production of visual, time-based and interdisciplinary arts continues to anchor everything we do. As our newsletter evolved into Syphon, our bi-annual critical arts periodical, and the gallery has expanded into our current beautiful facilities at the Tett Centre, which now houses a custom-built media lab for our New Media Workspace, we seek to remain a meeting place for artists and the broader arts community. 

Image credit: Aida Sulcs, The First Ten Years, permanent ink and coloured pencil on polyester film, 2017.

Retrospective Wall, with work by Judith Popiel, Matt Rogalsky and Aida Sulcs

Retrospective Wall

On view from October 1-31, 2017 ***Note extended run!***


In Modern Fuel's Window Space we will be presenting installations by Judith Popiel, Matt Rogalsky and Aida Sulcs that reflect on the last four decades of Modern Fuel, since its founding as the Kingston Artists' Association Inc in 1977. 


100 Years of Art in Kingston

Atrium, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
1-4pm on 15 October 2017

We are pleased to be partnering with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on Sunday, October 15 for 100 Years of Art. The “100 Minutes for 100 Years” forum marks our 40th and the Agnes' 60th anniversary, with speakers from both organizations reflecting on their experience and time with each space, as well as the development of Kingston's art scene and the relation these organizations have had to the wider regional and national arts discourse.

Modern Fuel's speakers will include Sarindar Dhaliwal, Ted Worth, Sandra Jass and Michael Davidge. For the Agnes, we will hear from Nathalie Sorensen, Michael Bell, Christopher Broadhurst, Pierre du Prey, Barry Fagan and Sarah E.K. Smith. We hope you will join us for an engaging and enlightening discussion of these two invaluable arts organizations!


Poetry Evening with an Open Mic

Common Market Café
7-9pm on 24 October 2017

On Tuesday, October 24 we are pleased to present an evening of poetry organized by Eric Folsom. Featured poets will include Elizabeth Greene, rob mclennan and Susan McMaster.