Exhibit at Modern Fuel

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre facilitates the presentation, interpretation, and production of visual and time-based arts. Our exhibitions engage with an array of approaches to contemporary aesthetics, and cover a broad scope of conceptual, formal, socio-political and cultural questions. We welcome proposals for solo and group exhibitions, as well as performances, curatorial projects, collaborations, lectures, workshops and other events.

Receive Artist Fees

Modern Fuel is committed to supporting emerging professional artists, and as such we pay professional fees in accordance with the CARFAC Ontario guidelines. A professional artist is someone who:

* has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
* is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and
* is committed to an on-going artistic practice

General Submission Guidelines for Main Gallery & State of Flux Gallery

Proposals are reviewed by Modern Fuel’s programming committee soon after our annual deadline of March 1st. Modern Fuel has an email only submissions policy, and files (combined no larger than 12 MB) can be sent directly to  Please note that applications for exhibitions (both solo and group) may be considered for inclusion in group exhibitions that are curated by our Artistic Director and Programming Committee.  Successful applicants will be notified by Modern Fuel. Application materials will be kept on file for one year.  

A Gallery floor plan may be viewed at the bottom of this page.



Submission Package:

* Note that text documents should be saved in word or pdf files, images should be jpg files *
1. Exhibition or project description (max one-page).
2. CV
3. Support Material

-a maximum of 20 images of current work related to your proposal.

-Include a separate image list (titles, dimensions, dates, media; please send as a document, not in the body of the email).

-JPG files only

-2000 pixels max dimension (length or width)

-Number and title each file (digital still); the number must appear before the title so that the order of the images will correspond to the image list, example: 001RedPainting.jpg.

-Do not submit images through WeTransfer or Dropbox, or embedded in iphoto or Powerpoint.


-a maximum of 10 minutes of time-based work. Time-based work must be sent as a link to view video on Youtube or Vimeo (videos sent through Vimeo may be password protected, as long as the password is provided). 

If you are submitting a combination of images and time-based work, subtract one digital still for every 2 minutes of time-based work submitted.

For more information on submissions please contact us.

Our Exhibition Venues


Modern Fuel's programming strives to reflect the diversity of aesthetic practices both regionally and extra-regionally, according to submission criteria as determined by the Artistic Director and Programming Committee. Proposals are selected according to their critical and exploratory character – exploratory insofar as they pose significant questions (formally, conceptually and politically) within current artistic and broader socio-cultural contexts.


The State of Flux Project Room accepts applications from artists in the Kingston region (with a perimeter defined by Zone 4 ) according to the Ontario Arts Council's Exhibition Assistance Program, but with priority given to artists residing within a 100 km radius of the city of Kingston). The State of Flux has the same mandate as the Main Gallery, but applications are restricted in order to create more exhibition opportunities for regional artists.

To Apply: Follow General Submission Guidelines. Annual Submission Deadline is March 1st


A decade ago, we introduced the Art in the Streets program which featured contemporary artworks that engaged more assertively with the Kingston community-at-large. Proposals were selected based on their relevance to Kingston community politics, and on their potential to stimulate interest within diverse audiences. As Modern Fuel's programming has adapted many of the Art in the Streets Initiatives, (Square Pegs, our outdoor video screening event at Kingston City Hall, has become an annual event) much of the program has been folded into our regular programming schedule. However, we continue to encourage proposals for inventive offsite projects. For inquiries, please contact the Artistic Director at  

Funding Opportunity: OAC Exhibition Assistance Recommender

Every year Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is a Recommender for the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Awards. The purpose of these awards is to provide assistance to individual artists with costs related to presenting their work for an upcoming exhibition.

Learn more about our Funding Opportunities for artists.

Gallery Floor Plans