Workshops & Round Table Discussions Series

Modern Fuel is committed to the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists. We offer a variety of workshops that cover a multitude of subjects important to anyone seeking to professionalize their artistic practice.

Upcoming Workshops

Making Art Work: Professional Development Series

Making Art Work: Professional Development Series is back! Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and Union Gallery are pleased to co-present the 2021–2022 Professional Development Series. The workshops are co-facilitated by local artists and arts professionals and geared towards emerging, mid-career and student artists and curators. Participants will gain enhanced experiential learning opportunities, develop a toolkit of skills in preparing for a career in the arts, and extend networks with Kingston’s contemporary art galleries.

The winter workshops will take place online, please register below to secure your spot. The Zoom link will be sent upon registration.


Please submit your questions about the topic in the box provided in the registration form. We will do our best to cover as many of the questions as possible during the workshop within time constraints.

  • Preparing Portfolios
    Preparing Portfolios
    Feb. 15, 6:00 p.m. EST
    Hosted by Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.
  • Talking about Artist Talks
    Talking about Artist Talks
    Mar. 15, 6:00 p.m. EDT
    Hosted by Union Gallery.

Round Table Discussions

In the round table discussion series, a local artist, arts administrator, or arts academic brings forward a topic or burning question they want to discuss. They speak for 5 - 10 minutes to introduce the subject, and the rest of the session is an open conversation. Roundtables are non-hierarchical gatherings of artists and creatives to share with one another. 

Have a topic for a round table? Email

Upcoming Sessions: 

Stay tuned for details.

Past Sessions

September 18, 2019: Residencies led by Michelle Bunton.

October 9, 2019: Collaboration led by Emily Pelstring.

November 26, 2019: Art and Memory (from traumatic memory to historical memory) led by Raziel Miranda. 

February 1, 2020: Artists as Climate Activists led by Michael Amar. 


February 25, 2020: Art as Disruption led by Devin West. 


April 28, 2020: Creating in Isolation led by Anne-Sophie Grenier. 


November 4, 2020: Showcasing your artwork locally led by Anne-Sophie Grenier and Danielle Folkerts.


February 18, 2021: Art as an outlet for trauma led by Sarah Chasity-Johnson, also known as Chas.  

March 23, 2021: (White) Western Aesthetics' Roots in Racism and Colonialism led by naphtali.

Past Workshops

Peer Critiques


Occurring in person (with covid protocols in place), our Peer Crits offer 5 artists the opportunity to show one piece of art and receive feedback from peers and fellow artists.

Free to attend and open to anyone interested. Please note that those who attend and share must keep an open mind and be able to offer/accept constructive criticism. Stay tuned for our next one!

New Media Workshops 2021

Our New Media Workshops were an eight-part series that began on February 21 2021 and finished on April 25 2021. The workshop series was made possible thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Film and Media Department at Queen's University.

Intro to Editing with Zakary Jiwa

Editing Continued with Zakary Jiwa

Principles of Framing with Jung-Ah Kim

Capturing Sound with Jung-Ah Kim

Getting to know Animation with Peggy Fussell

Formatting for Festival Submissions with Mehvish

Insight to Industry: The Producer with Mehvish

Making Art Work: Professional Development Series 2020-2021