Dear Santa…

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The CFAT Staff taking their Christmas vacation at the North Pole.

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SUPPORT YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTIST-RUN CENTRE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

The Centre for Art Tapes has a mission to provide affordable access to specialized equipment and facilities for media artists of all kinds, and showcase exciting and thought-provoking works! We strive to be a welcoming place to create, learn and share your knowledge and interest in contemporary media art – but we can’t do it alone…

This has been a big year for CFAT, we’ve welcomed a great many energetic new faces to our organization on our Board of Directors, our committees and even on our staff. We’ve undertaken a massive re-visioning of the organization where we rethought everything from our staffing structure and membership to our programming! It’s been a wonderful opportunity for everyone here to reflect on the strengths and history of our organization, and start to look ahead at how we can continue to grow. With so many changes already behind us and on the forefront, we would like to take this time to thank all of our members for all of your energy, time and boundless support.

As the year comes to a close we would like to humbly invite new and old fans of our organization to show your support. A monthly or one-time donation towards our equipment fund, programming and operations can be a heartwarming gift for the holidays, or a smart way to earn a tax write-off. CFAT is a registered Charity with the CRA and we are pleased to issue tax receipts for any donation made. If you are thinking about making a donation for tax purposes, we would kindly like to remind you that donations should be made by December 31st to be counted on this year’s tax return.

Donors play a key role in ensuring that we can continue to foster and support the rich talent of Nova Scotia and share the works of media artists from around the world with our local community. Your donation can go a long way towards supporting our programs, here are some examples of what a donation of any size and can do:

Fund a Tutorial Hour for a Scholar or Artist in Residence – $35

When our scholars or Artists in Residence need a little extra knowledge to finish the projects they’re working on, we hire local experts to teach them technical skills. Your donation will go towards paying the tutorial instructor.

Become a Supporting Member of CFAT – $100

Supporting members play a key role in growing the operations of our organization. This membership has all of the benefits of an individual membership, which includes discounted rental rates, access to free-Thursdays and invitations to member’s only events. This membership has the added benefit of being a charitable write-off and includes a thank-you from our staff and board and inclusion as a supporter of CFAT on our website.

Fund an Artist Talk or Workshop – $500

CFAT invites many visiting and local artists to lead workshops and master classes or give a lecture to the public about the exciting things that they’re doing. These sponsored events are always free to the public. $500 represents a professional fee to be paid to the artist for their time, as well as workshop supplies.

Fund a Local Artist In Residence – $4,000

Each year CFAT hosts one to two residency programs for local artists, critical writers and curators. Our residents are emerging to established artists undertaking five months of self-directed research while creating new work. Each Artist in Residence also takes on some kind of public engagement like open studio hours, teaching workshop or giving an artist talk. $4,000 represents the cost of artist fees, supplies and production access.

Fund a Scholar – $5,500

Our Media Art Scholarship program is an intensive six-month educational opportunity where we commission new works by local emerging and aspiring artists through 24-hour production access, mentorship and workshop education – this program is offered at no cost to the scholar and requires no previous experience. This is our flagship program and has been running for 30 years! $5,500 represents the full cost of putting one scholar through this program.

Contribute to our Equipment Fund

We welcome donations of any size to our equipment fund – these funds go towards the purchase of new specialized equipment as well as the cost of upkeep for our current equipment. Tom has a wish-list in mind that you can help him achieve:

$370 for an Ergotron monitor arm to adjust the heights and positions of the Online Suite monitors

$380 for Pluraleyes software for fast and easy syncing of multiple camera shots and second-system audio (such as syncing Black Magic video with audio recorded on a Zoom)

$75 for an Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 card reader to upgrade the unreliable reader in the audio suite

$40 for a Manfrotto 2909 clamp for our LEDzilla mini-lights

In-kind Contributions

We love when our members make themselves at home in our space, and we welcome in-kind donations of items that make us better hosts! Coffee, tea and non-perishable drinks are welcome. We are also in need of forks and have our fingers crossed for a new microwave (small enough to fit in our kitchenette which can hold up to 22”x10”x12”)! Hearty houseplants will always be graciously accepted as well.

Donations can be made by sending a cheque to our mailing or facility address, or online through Canada Helps. We welcome all of our donors to pick the fund that they want to contribute to. Signing up for a monthly donation through Canada Helps is a wonderful way to make an ongoing contribution while keeping to our meager artist budgets.

Society for Art Presentation

o/a Centre for Art Tapes

PO Box 47004

Gottingen St PO

Halifax NS, B3K 2B0

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing and working with you in the New Year!

 

With gratitude,

 

The Centre for Art Tapes Board of Directors

Annie Onyi Cheung

Francella Fiallos

Kate Walchuk

James MacSwain

Lynn Matheson

Andrew Coll

 

CFAT’s Staff

Tom Elliott

Tori Fleming

Sally Raab-Wolchyn

Jesse Mitchell

RUDOLPH’S HAUNTED HOUSE

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Artwork by Josh Owen

The CFAT/Eyelevel/Khyber/CKDU Holiday Party!

We’ll be turning CFAT’s facility at 2238 Maitland St into a weird/festive/scary cave of wonders! The night will feature themed snacks, cocktails and Propeller beer, the DJ’ing talents of Camilla Salcedo and CKDU and a Satan/Santa photo booth by Hannah Guinan and James McSwain.

This free event is open to all and will include loads of opportunities to support your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centres and pick up some gifts while you’re at it. Let us revel in our fear of the holidays!

December 8th – Doors @ 7PM, costumes will be celebrated

ACCESS NOTES:
CFAT is entirely ground level and accessible by wheelchair. There is no button to press on the entrance door for it to open automatically, however volunteer greeters will be stationed at the door for duration of the event to offer assistance. The washroom is a centrally located single room with 1 toilet and is for all genders. Active listeners will be stationed onsite throughout the event. There will be light snacks and water available for free at the bar, as well as beer and cocktails for sale, cash only!

The Khyber, CFAT, CKDU and Eyelevel want to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. A licensed bar will be open and we do not allow outside liquor, drugs or drug use in the space. We ask that if you choose to consume alcoholic beverages that you do so in a responsible manner. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

If at anytime you are made to feel unsafe or require assistance, please let an employee or volunteer know at the event in person or through the on-call Khyber staff number (text/call us at 902.817.6620). Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Job Posting: Outreach Coordinator

JOB OPPORTUNITY: OUTREACH COORDINATOR (SHORT-TERM CONTRACT)

The Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) is seeking applications from creative, community-minded and energetic individuals for the position of Outreach Coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator will play a leading role in membership and community cultivation. This position is funded through the Job Creation Partnership (JCP) Program – applicants must meet Employment Nova Scotia’s eligibility requirements for EI.

Interested applicants must submit a detailed Letter of Interest, outlining their relevant past experiences and highlighting any skills that are applicable to this position along with a CV or resume to Sally Raab-Wolchyn, Operations Director at sally@cfat.ca. Questions regarding this position can also be directed to Sally.

Applications are due on Friday, November 24th @ midnight

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with CFAT’s core staff and Board to plan a community-building and fundraising event
  • Work with the Operations Director to create a framework and template for an annual member and community-oriented event
  • Work with the governance committee to brainstorm membership and equity policies alongside a membership drive
  • Attend community events and outreach opportunities as a representative of CFAT
  • Seek out new ways to reach new communities, audiences and members
  • Support the Programming Director with marketing and communications
  • Grow CFAT’s volunteer database and coordinate volunteers as-needed

Job Description:

The Outreach Coordinator is a short-term contract working closely with CFAT’s core staff and Board of Directors. Reporting directly to the Operations Director, the Outreach Coordinator will take the leading role in developing strategies for increasing membership, accessing new communities and creating avenues to celebrate CFAT’s existing community of media artists.

The Outreach Coordinator will be tasked with planning a major community-building and fundraising event that is sensitive and accessible to CFAT’s diverse community and coincides with membership recruitment, such as a membership drive. Beyond the planning and executing of this single event, the Outreach Coordinator will be tasked with brainstorming and implementing strategies to access new communities, create a welcoming environment at CFAT, and attend community-oriented outreach events as-needed.

This position has opportunities to learn about and impact CFAT’s equity policies and practices, while developing knowledge and work experience in supporter cultivation, marketing and volunteer management.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will possess a strong knowledge of community cultivation, either through the arts or social and community awareness activities. Applicants should have some experience with event planning and a proficiency in marketing, as well as the ability to self-supervise, manage time and work within a collaborative environment. Basic computer skills, such as word processing, social media and excel will be required. Knowledge of media arts and artist-run culture will be considered an asset, as will past experience with volunteer coordination and fundraising.

CFAT acknowledges its historical complicacy with the inequity of opportunities across the sector. Applicants who identify as women, femme, gender diverse, Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, LGBTQ2SIA+, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. CFAT is a wheelchair accessible facility, and will work with applicants to accommodate disabilities and reduced mobility. Those with questions about access and equity to this opportunity or the organization in general are encouraged to contact Sally Raab-Wolchyn, Operations Director at sally@cfat.ca or 902-422-6822

This full-time contract position will run from December 2017 to May 2018

Say Hello to Our New Artist-in-Residence Elyse Moir!

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CFAT is thrilled to announce our new Video as a Physical Medium Artist-in-Residence, Elyse Moir. Elyse will be joining us immediately and continuing her residency until April 2018.

During her residency at CFAT she will be recording and manipulating video and soundscapes as well as making visual art in the form of prints, paintings, sculpture and zines. She also hope to collaborate with other artists on small projects and invite community members into the space for events or workshops.

Stay tuned to CFAT’s Facebook and newsletters for future public events with Elyse. Drop by the E-lab next time you’re in and say hello!

Technical Grants – Applications Due October 15th

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CFAT is excited to announce our new Technical Grants!

Technical grants are a quick turn around grant for in-kind use of our facilities and equipment. These grants are great for small self funded projects, or for helping you get through that last push of a larger project. These grants will be offered three times a year on an annual schedule.

CFAT offers a few types of technical grants to help you finish your projects:

Intensive Post-Production Technical Grant:

The successful applicant will receive a two-month Editing Membership, giving them free access to all of the editing suites.

Intensive Production Technical Grant:

The successful applicant will receive a two-month Production Membership, giving them free access to all of the mobile equipment (except the Blackmagic 4K Production camera).

Four-Month Technical Project Grant:

The successful applicant will receive a two-month production membership giving them access to all mobile equipment (except the Blackmagic 4K Production camera). This two-month period will be immediately followed by a two month editing membership where they will have free access to all editing suites.

Technical Grant Annual Deadlines

Deadline: September 1st

Jury meets second week of September, applicants informed on September 15th.

2-month grants run from October 1st to November 30th.

4-month grant runs from October 1st to January 31st.

Deadline: February 1st

Jury meets second week of February, applicants informed on February 15th.

2-month grants run from March 1st to April 30th.

4-month grant runs from March 1st to June 30th.

Deadline: May 1st

Jury meets second week of May, applicants informed on May 15th.

2-month grants run from June 1st to July 31st.

4-month grant runs from June 1st to September 30th.

How to apply:

To introduce the program, we’re pushing our September deadline to October 15th, 2017. To apply send the following information by email to our Production Director, Tom Elliott, at tom@cfat.ca.

  • 1 page letter of interest. (What is your project? How will the grant you’re applying for help you complete your project?)
  • CV
  • List of Equipment you expect you will need (It’s OK if you need things beyond this list during the project)

If you have any questions about our technical grants, feel free to reach out to the Production Director at tom@cfat.ca or 902-422-6822.

Call For Submissions: Video as a Physical Medium

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Centre for Art Tapes Call for Submissions: Video As A Physical Medium

The Centre for Art Tapes is accepting submissions for our 2017 – 18 residency, Video as a Physical Medium. CFAT invites artists in all stages of their careers to apply. The Local Artist in Residence will spend six months experimenting with video in our electronics lab. Video as a Physical Medium proposes research into the ways in which the video signal can be explored, manipulated and expanded upon through tactile methodologies. Applicants are encouraged to make full use of all of CFAT’s equipment and facilities, to explore video through various physical means of manipulation and alteration.

The residency will run from October 2017 to February 2018. Residents will have access to all aspects of the Centre including our transfer suite (used to digitize most types of video tape), our video mixer, Electronics Lab, etc. The selected participant will receive a $1,700 honorarium and a $300 fee for conducting an artist presentation or workshop.  They will have access to a 24 hour working space in the electronics lab, free use of some electronic stock provided by the lab, and weekly assistance from our E-Lab Technician.

Previous experience in physical video is not required. For artists who are interested in the residency, but unsure of where to start, we will be holding a Video Hardware Hacking workshop hosted by Jesse Mitchell on September 6th at 6pm. This workshop is free to everyone and is highly recommended before applying.

Submissions should include:

  • A description of your proposed project – what will be the focus of your experimentation/ research? (Maximum one page)
  • A CV
  • Maximum 20 digital images in jpeg format and/or video/audio clips. Video/audio clips must be under 5 minutes total and sent via URL.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email all materials to tori@cfat.ca. The successful applicant will be informed by the last week in September.

Submissions are due Monday September 25th, 2017 at midnight.

For any questions about the program or application process, please contact Programming Director Tori Fleming at (902) 422-6822 or by email at tori@cfat.ca.