Annual Call for Submissions 2024
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre welcomes emerging and mid-career local, national, and international artists, from diverse cultural communities, working in all mediums to submit to our Annual Call for Submissions. Exhibition proposals chosen will go on display in 2025 and early 2026.
Modern Fuel 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, and collaborations. See our Past Exhibitions at modernfuel.org/past.
MODERN FUEL PROGRAMMING GUIDELINES:
Modern Fuel was created in 1977 out of the local need for an alternative art space with an emphasis on showcasing works that are contemporary, experimental, and innovative. We support artists who take risks in their practice, push the boundaries of convention, and facilitate critical conversations around social, political, cultural and environmental topics. We create space for artists and art forms that have historically been excluded from mainstream galleries and art centres. These values continue to shape our programming today.
Modern Fuel is not a commercial gallery, and works presented in an exhibition are not offered for sale. Any interested buyers will be put in contact with the artist directly. Modern Fuel will not charge a commission for any artwork that is sold.
See Modern Fuel’s Mandate and Main Objectives here.
ABOUT MODERN FUEL’S EXHIBITION SPACES:
Modern Fuel has three exhibition spaces: Main Gallery, State of Flux Gallery, and the Window Gallery. See gallery floor plan here. The Main Gallery is the largest space of the three, while the State of Flux and Window galleries are smaller but vary in size. The Window Gallery remains open 24/7 as it faces the corridor of the Tett Centre. All three spaces are paid in accordance with the CARFAC rates (A.1.1.1), with the State of Flux and Window Gallery paid as project spaces.
The deadline of submissions for annual programming is March 1st 2024. Only successful applicants will be notified. Application materials will be kept on file for one year.
Applications are assessed by a jury of staff, board directors, and community members. Members of the jury will remain anonymous. Please note that applications for exhibitions (both solo and group) may be considered for inclusion in group exhibitions that are curated by our Executive Director and Programming Committee. Additionally, please note that the exhibition space you apply for may not be the space you receive if the jury feels it could fit in another gallery space and due to limited exhibition slots.
SUBMISSION PACKAGES SHOULD INCLUDE:
Exhibition Proposal (including Exhibition Title) (Maximum 500 Words)
Artist's / Curator's Statement (Maximum 300 Words)
Bio (Maximum 150 Words per Artist Biography)
Any Technical Requirements (ie. TVs, Projectors, Speakers, etc.)
Programming Ideas (i.e. Lectures, Workshops, Artist talks, etc.) (Optional)
Please combine all of these materials into one PDF file and upload with the button below.
Your application information is confidential and will only be accessed by the selection committee. Please note that you are able to give your chosen name, if it is different from your legal name. Modern Fuel values diversity in its participants and community, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, disabled, living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain. Modern Fuel is strongly committed to supporting a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences, therefore we encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they are comfortable doing so.