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Playful Encounters
Annual Juried Exhibition

Submission Deadline: April 15th at 5pm 

Exhibition: May 18th - July 20th

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre invites members to submit works to this year’s Annual Juried Exhibition group show responding to the theme: Playful Encounters.


The theme Playful Encounters responds to various dialogues including imagination, spontaneity, joy, shared experiences, and curiosity. Modern Fuel selected this topic due to its wide scope of interpretation and due to our collective desire to embrace the unconventional, the unpredictable, and the unapologetically imaginative. Artists are invited to envision new forms of play that transcend the traditional boundaries of age imposed on us by society and encourage intergenerational connection. In Playful Encounters, art will become a playground for ideas, a space where curiosity is unleashed, and where the unexpected is celebrated. We hope Modern Fuel becomes a space where artists step outside their comfort zone, embrace the messiness of the creative process, and rediscover the transformative power of imagination. 


We welcome submissions in a wide variety of mediums, including but not limited to video, sound, painting, photography, sculpture, written texts, zines, prints, and performances. Essentially, if it can be presented in a gallery setting, it can be submitted for consideration by the jury. We welcome small-scale site-specific installations and murals as submissions to the Annual Juried Exhibition. 


The exhibition will run in the Main Gallery from May 18th to July 20th, 2024. Selected works must arrive in the gallery, ready for display, no later than Friday, May 10th. Keep this date in mind if you’re creating new works! 


Artists can submit up to three distinct works for consideration. Works that are inherently meant to be presented together, such as a series, will be considered as one work. 

To discuss the theme or if you have any questions about the submission requirements, please send us an email at well in advance of the deadline. If you need to submit in an alternate format or require other accommodations, please let us know and we will be happy to help.

The jury will consist of Modern Fuel community members, staff, and practicing artists from the Board of Directors. Artists that are selected to participate in the show must present the works that they submitted to the jury. The selected artists will be paid artist-fees according to the CARFAC fee schedule for their participation in the exhibition.


Special Note: The Annual Juried Exhibition is open to Modern Fuel Members only. To renew your membership or become a member, visit

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