The Centre for Art Tapes is a not for profit artist-run, charitable, organization that facilitates and supports artists at all levels working with electronic media including video, audio, and new media. We provide services to a diverse membership, and the general public, that include production facilities, ongoing exhibitions and screenings. As well we provide programs that offer, through training and in-house residencies, opportunities for individuals to critically engage with cultural and social issues. The Centre is a creative environment for individuals as well as groups to pursue independent work at the highest levels of artistic practice. The Centre is designed to provide artists with access to a broad range of production facilities and foster training and mentoring programs for members of the community.
In order to ensure that members can reach their creative goals we provide support by maintaining an equitable, open, and accessible space that encourages cross-pollination of ideas and techniques among different groups. The independent creation of productions using video, audio, and interactive digital technologies is at the core of the Centre’s function. Members who are actively engaged with the Centre have the opportunity to form committees with staff to constantly explore ways in which services can be further developed in our shared community. The Centre continues to be a flexible organization that shifts its services in accordance with cultural and economic pressures while maintaining its core identity as a service-based facility for the support of media arts. We are acutely aware of the importance of including new and burgeoning experimental processes within the media arts to allow these practices to be crystallized within the mainstream.