Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre facilitates the presentation, interpretation, and production of contemporary visual, time-based and interdisciplinary 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 offer group exhibition opportunities for our members throughout the year. Learn more about becoming a member at Modern Fuel here: www.modernfuel.org/become-a-member.
In addition to exhibitions, Modern Fuel offers produces an arts publication featuring written works (ie. poetry, prose, creative writing, etc.) and visual art (ie. photography, collage, digital illustrations/design, etc.).
For any questions regarding submission requirements or if you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-548-4883 well in advance of the deadlines.
Annual Call for Submissions
Our 2024 Call for Submissions is now open - learn more and apply here. Successful artists will be notified in the spring-summer.
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre has three exhibition spaces that artists can apply for - the Main Gallery, State of Flux Gallery, and the Window Gallery. In accordance with the CARFAC fee schedule, the State of Flux Gallery and Window Gallery are defined as project spaces.
Modern Fuel accepts proposals for solo and group exhibitions, as well as performances, curatorial projects, and collaborations, each year from January to March when our Annual Call for Submissions is open. Proposals are not accepted outside of this timeframe. Modern Fuel schedules one year in advance, and therefore selected exhibitions are presented the following year. See our Past Exhibitions at modernfuel.org/past.
Applications will be assessed by a jury chaired by the Executive Director.
Annual Juried Exhibition
The call for submissions opens every year in the spring with the show presented in the summer.
The Annual Juried Exhibition is a group exhibition presenting new works by Modern Fuel members. It serves to highlight the ongoing and developing practice of local and regional artists. Themes for the Annual Juried Exhibition are decided upon by the Executive Director and Programming Committee and presented each year during the summer months.
To become a member of the jury, please apply here. Potential jurors must have an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the diversity of the arts. They must be able to work collaboratively, and bring an open-mindedness and generosity of spirit to their assessments and the deliberations. Jurors must declare any conflicts of interest and be able to provide fair and objective opinions.
RE:MEMBER Annual Members' Show and Sale
RE:MEMBER is our annual members' show and sale that runs every year in November-December.
This exhibition-fundraiser, features works in a variety of mediums for sale at a 50/50 split between the artists and the centre. The members’ show and sale has been part of Modern Fuel since 1983, and remains its largest fundraising event. Hosting its first sale thirty-six years ago in Confederation Park, the effort has taken on multiple formats from live auction to direct sale and many venues including the Ramada Inn Walkways, The Grand Theatre, The Kingston Arts Council Office, 21A Queen Street and the Tett Centre - where we are located today. This event allows Kingston to see the contemporary art present within its community as well as celebrate the growth and development of our space, members and supporters.
Syphon Arts Publication
Syphon is an arts and culture publication produced by Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre that is meant to act as a conduit between the arts community in Kingston and communities elsewhere. It was created in response to the lack of critical arts commentary and coverage in local publications, and seen as a way to increase exposure to experimental and non-commercial art practices.
Syphon has a mandate to feature local arts coverage in conjunction with national and international projects, and an emphasis on arts scenes and activities that are seen as peripheral. It acts, in essence, as a record and communiqué for small regional arts communities throughout the country.