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Modern Fuel to resume in-person exhibits

Eenodsha means to hear exhibition view. Photo by Chris Miner.

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is reopening to the public at 12 p.m. on Friday, Jul. 16, 2021, as part of Stage 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen plan.

Modern Fuel, a long-running cultural non-profit group, provides a gallery space for exhibition purposes, but also develops innovative ways to support alternative art production and diversity in the local community. The exhibitions, which opened in March and were quickly shut down due to the lastest COVID-19 lockdown, feature Canadian artists Logan MacDonald, and Michael Amar.

“Our current exhibitions on view are ‘eenodsha’ means to hear by Logan MacDonald and There and not there by Michael Amar,” the gallery shared in a press release. “These exhibitions opened on March 20th, just two weeks before the latest lockdown started, and have been patiently waiting for an audience. We are thrilled to be able to welcome the public back into our space. Entry to the gallery is free.”

More details on the current exhibits can be found on the Modern Fuel website. The gallery will resume normal operating hours of 12 – 5 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday. Modern Fuel is located at the The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning (TCCL), at 370 King Street West, suite 305.

As businesses re-open and in-person activities can resume, Modern Fuel is asking the public to consider donating to their local artist-run centre.

“Artists and creatives have historically faced precarious job stability due to the constant fluctuation of the gig economy, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this uncertainty,” the gallery organizers said. “For many artists who do not see a regular paycheck, the closures of art galleries, music venues and theatres among other creative spaces, severely impacted their livelihood over the past year and a half.”

Modern Fuel is a strong advocate for artists’ right to be paid a professional wage, and to help provide financial support for emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, according to the release. Modern Fuel plays an important role in providing emerging artists with paid opportunities to further establish their careers.

Every year the gallery pays tens of thousands of dollars in professional artist fees. Modern Fuel pays artists to exhibit their art in their galleries. They pay artists to talk about art, to write about art, to photograph and document art, and even to produce art. According to the release, spaces like Modern Fuel are essential in providing artists with paid opportunities to showcase their work so they can further develop their professional practice.

As a non-profit organization and registered charity Modern Fuel relies on donations to continue to offer programs and services. Visit the website or stop by in person to make a donation.

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