Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is gearing up to move for the first time in 35 years.
The centre, an art gallery and resource centre for artists and art students, is currently housed at 21 Queen St. The centre will make the move to the J.K. Tett Centre at 370 King St. near Kingston’s waterfront later in the year, once construction on the building is complete.
“The specifics are still up in the air but we are planning to be moving our space in December and hopefully open our first exhibition in mid-January,” said Megan McNeil, Modern Fuel’s general director.
“We’ve been renting our space here from the city of Kingston since 1979, and we’ve been discussing this move for four or five years now.”
Modern Fuel’s current space, although well-maintained, provides limited space for exhibitions and its second-story and out-of-the-way location makes accessibility difficult for potential gallery-goers.
“We knew that we needed some upgrades, for accessibility to everyone and for a newer and bigger space. The Tett Centre gave us the option of designing the space to suit our needs,” McNeil said.
“Better acoustics and extra space will allow us to add all these exciting new features.”
Modern Fuel also plans to add a separate media room, decked with computers, for artists in need of the technology for media projects.
Modern Fuel will continue to put out “Syphon”, their art publication, and also hopes to increase the number of internship opportunities they offer, on top of becoming a better resource for students.
“After four years of planning we are finally ready to make this transition and it will be excited to see everything come together in the upcoming months,” she said.
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