Join us for an artist talk with Sam Decoste!

NEW Salon for CFAT

Join us on Monday, September 26th, 7pm at the Art Bar for an artist talk by our local Artist-in-Residence Sam Decoste! During her time her she has been working on her latest short animation Salon.  Sam is an award winning experimental animator, NSCAD Professor, and long time CFAT member. Sam will be discussing her time as Local Artist-in-Residence and her art practice.

Interested in talking to Sam one-on-one? Sam still has open studio hours from 11 – 2 on Tuesday, September 20th here at CFAT.

Local Artist-in-Residence Artist Talk

September 26th, 2016. 7pm

Art Bar, 1873 Granville St.

Free Admission

Creative Sound Recording with Martin Marier


The technical aspects of sound recording – how equipment works and how to use it – are well documented.  However, finding good sound bodies (things that make noise), organizing recording sessions and, above all, imagining novel ways to make sounds are challenges that artists often face alone, equipped only with their ears and intuition.

In this workshop, we will use Pierre Schaeffer’s work on sound objects – involving sounds named without reference to their sources – as part of a strategy that can help organize recording sessions and inspire new ideas. Having Schaeffer’s vocabulary at our disposal provides a further perspective on sound that will give birth to new sonic ideas.

This workshop will be divided in two parts: a three hour lecture, covering the aforementioned theories, and a three hour practice session, where we will make recordings of various sound bodies in CFAT’s facilities. We ask participants to bring a portable recorder (if they own one) and, more importantly, sound bodies to work with.  Sound bodies are any physical objects that can be used to make noise. For this workshop, we will exclude musical instruments.  Metal plates or sheets, glasses, bottles, pipes, wheels, grids, etc. are all possible sound sources. We will also need exciters: mallets, bows, (small) motors, etc.  Spend some time gathering, keeping in mind that a good sound body is loud.

Register by email ( or by phone (902-422-6822)

Saturday, September 24th
9:30 – 4:30 (lunch break included)
$40 for members, $50 for non-members


Performing “Origami” at NIME 2014 (excerpts) from Martin Marier on Vimeo.

Above is a video of Martin performing with ‘The Sponge’, a musical instrument he invented. You can read more about Martin and his work on his website.

RE:Member – New Works by the Members of the Centre for Art Tapes

RE:Member – New Works by the Members of the Centre for Art Tapes

The Centre for Art Tapes Programming Committee is pleased to announce the line up for our upcoming RE:Member Screening! The screening will include works by:

Becka Barker
Suzanne Caines
David Clark
Sam Decoste
Annalise Prodor
Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill
Tim Tracey

This screening will show a wide variety of works ranging from animation to documentary. Join us on Thursday, August 25th at 6pm at Paul O’Regan Hall to watch this exciting program and have a chance to meet some of the artists.

RE:Member Screening
Thursday, August 25th 6pm
Paul O’Regan Hall
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd.

Call for Submissions – RE:Member

Call for Submissions – RE:Member

CFAT Call For Submissions: RE:Members Screening

Deadline: Thursday, July 28th 2016 at Midnight

The Centre for Art Tapes is delighted to announce a call for submissions for our upcoming members-only screening entitled RE:Member. The screening will consider what it means to be a member, what it means to be a part of a community, a fragment of a larger structure, an insider or outsider. How does your sense of belonging affect your practice?

The RE:Member screening will celebrate the wide diversity of new work(s) produced by our members over the past 5 years. RE:Member will be curated by the Centre for Art Tapes’ Programming Committee based on the quality, originality and thematic content of the submission(s).

The screening will take place on August 25th, 2016 at Paul O’Regan Hall in the Halifax Central Library. Works must be no longer then 15 minutes in length. As screening location can only support single channel video works or audio pieces, installations will not be accepted. Artists will be paid in accordance with the 2016 IMAA (Independent Media Art Alliance) fee schedule.

To apply you must be a CFAT member in good standing, non-members are free to purchase a membership prior to submitting their application.

To apply please submit:

  • A clear and concise description of project.
  • A link to a screener copy of the piece.
  • An still or image to be used for promotional purposes.
  • Artist CV
  • Artist statement (maximum 250 words)

Proposals must be submitted electronically. Please email submissions to Tori Fleming, Programming Coordinator at with the subject line “RE:Members Screening Submission”.



The Centre for Art Tapes is developing a weekly half hour interview Radio Show/Podcast about contemporary media arts for CKDU. We’re looking for a few people to help produce the show.  All levels of experience are welcome to help with Audio Recordings, Programming and Logistics.

If you’re interested in being a part of the CFAT Radio Club email Programming and Communications Coordinator Tori at

Did you hear? We’re Hiring!

Position Title: Grant and Outreach Coordinator

Terms of employment: Part-time contract position, 20 hours per week, 3-month term with a start date of September 5th, 2016.

The Grant and Outreach Coordinator will primarily oversee the writing and preparation of approximately 6-8 grants, which include operational grant writing and project/programming grant writing, to maintain and increase funding available to carry out the Centre for Art Tapes’ mandate. Further, the Grant and Outreach Coordinator will strive to increase the Centre for Art Tapes’ presence in the community through the development of an active membership drive campaign.

Responsibilities of the Grant and Outreach Coordinator include:

– Writing and preparing grants, reports and RFPs (request for proposals)

– Consulting with the Fund Researcher, determine the appropriate granting and funding opportunities for CFAT to pursue.

– Attending all Programming Committee meetings and supporting the programming committee by securing funding for their diverse projects and initiatives.

– Advising the Programming Committee and Programming Coordinator of upcoming grant and funding opportunities.

– Creating and leading an active membership drive campaign.

– Drafting content pertaining to membership drive campaign for the website, social media accounts and any other promotional material.

– Maintaining existing relationships between CFAT and various granting organizations in consultation with the Board of Directors.

– Representing CFAT to other organizations and the public in conjunction with other staff and the Board of Directors.

– Maintaining an organized, accessible filing system.

– Assisting with the execution of CFAT programming (art events and installations) as required.

– Submitting a monthly progress report to the Board of Directors.

Skills and attributes required:

– The right candidate will be able to learn about, understand and communicate CFAT’s vision and mission.

– Skills important to this role are: excellent communication (written and spoken), grant writing, marketing, networking, conceptual and analytical thinking.

– The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and develop positive relationships.

– The ability to work both collaboratively as a team member as well as independently is very important.

– Be energetic, outgoing, personable, and respectful.

– Familiarity with Macintosh computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, are required.

– Knowledge of arts organizations, media arts (video, audio and electronics) and artist-run centres will be considered an asset.

Conditions, location of work: The Grant and Outreach Coordinator will work at the Centre for Art Tapes, 2238 Maitland Street, as well as off site periodically.

Contact information for submissions:
Please send a detailed resume and cover letter via email to with the subject line “Grant and Outreach Coordinator”.

Closing date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 5pm

A Message From The Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board, we want to make you aware of a reorganization at the Centre for Art Tapes.

A new administrative structure is being created which means the position of Executive Director will no longer be required. Keith McPhail oversaw the administrative business of the Centre through the challenging transitionary phase associated with our relocation to Maitland Street. We thank Keith for his hard work over the past three years, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

The Board is planning a reconfiguration, and given the modest size of our staff, and their professionalism, we believe a more democratic and flattened structure is appropriate at this time. These changes are the result of careful consideration of our challenges, consulting with similar arts organizations and a review of successful past practices.

To help with day to day operations, and any immediate priorities, members of the Board will be available on site. New hiring opportunities are expected for the Centre and we’ll keep in close touch as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in CFAT.

The CFAT Board
Any questions may be directed at