Annual Juried Exhibition Submissions

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre invites members to submit works to this year’s annual juried exhibition responding to the theme: “Where from here?” The deadline to submit is June 1.


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. 


The exhibition will run in the Main Gallery from July 24 to September 11, 2021. Selected works must arrive in the gallery, ready for display, no later than July 17, 2021. Keep this date in mind if you’re creating new works! 


This year, 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 submission requirements, please get in touch with our Executive Director, Anne-Sophie Grenier, to make an appointment well in advance of the deadline. We highly encourage first time applicants and emerging artists who did not attend the Exhibition Submission workshop to make an appointment. 


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 members, the Executive Director, 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 participating in the exhibition. 

Submission Requirements:

Please note that word limits have been left open to accommodate different styles of writing, and different forms of art for consideration. Do not feel like you need to fill the word count. Say what you need to say as succinctly as possible.

1. Artist Statement and Bio
Writing tips: Who are you as an artist? What inspires you? What drives you and your work? What are some key highlights of your artistic career? 

2. Description of the work(s) 

Writing tip: What is this work about? What message / idea / emotion are you trying to convey? Include mediums, dimensions, run time, and other formal elements you think are important. If the works submitted are in progress, please describe what the final version will look like. If you are submitting more than one work, please tell us how they relate to one another, or whether they are stand-alone works. Most importantly, make sure to address how your work responds to this year’s theme.

3. Supporting documentation

Images / videos of the proposed works. If the works are in progress, you can submit sketches / plans / diagrams as well as images of previous works that will help inform the jury about what your final work will look like. If the work you are proposing is complete, do not include images of past work. Please name your files in such a way as to clearly distinguish between different works. Ex: <1, Grenier, Title 1, proposed work sketch, 2021> ; <2, Grenier, Title 2, past work, 2020>. You may also upload a document listing your image uploads with a short description about each one to help the jury understand what they are looking at. 

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4. Any technical requirements

Tell us what you need to properly exhibit your work. Ex: plinths, projectors, speakers, TV’s, microphones, speakers, etc. Artists are responsible for providing their needed exhibition equipment that exceeds what Modern Fuel has. For example, we have two TV’s. If you need a third, you must provide it yourself. If you have questions about what is available in terms of technology and what is possible to achieve in the gallery, please get in touch with us.

5. Links to website / online portfolio / social media handles if applicable

This is not a requirement to submit to the juried show. However, online content can be helpful to give the jury a better idea of your overall artistic practice. If you are including a social media handle, please make sure that the page features your art first and foremost (as undoubtedly cute as your pets are, that’s not what we’re looking for here).