Life of a Craphead Artist Presentation

Life of a Craphead Artist Presentation

Location: BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Event is welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.

In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce Life of a Craphead as our next artist in residence. Life of a Craphead is the final of four artists who have visited us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Life of a Craphead will be focusing on 1979 – 1988.

About Life of a Craphead:
Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. The name “Life of a Craphead” comes from the opening joke of the very first live comedy routine they performed together in 2006. Amy is Chinese and Jon is Vietnamese-Irish and they live and work in Toronto, Canada.

Performance projects include The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056 (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2013), a fake career retrospective of all the work they will ever make; Double Double Land Land (Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2009), a play interrupted by a staged wedding; and Free Lunch (2007), a public, anonymously-advertised free lunch serving everything on the menu of a restaurant.

Their first feature film Bugs (72 min., 2016) has screened in Canada and the U.S., including at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Western Front, Vancouver; Parsons School for Design, NYC; The Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax; and S1, Portland, among others. Life of a Craphead also organized and hosted the popular performance art show and online broadcast Doored from 2012-2017, which featured work by over 120 artists.

Life of a Craphead have been artists-in-residence at the Macdowell Colony, U.S.; the Banff Centre, Canada; Department of Safety, Anacortes, U.S.; Wunderbar, U.K.; Struts/Faucet, Canada. They were longlisted for the 2018 Sobey Art Award.



Tuesday, July 30th at 6pm
CFAT’s Project Room: 2238 Maitland St
All Members in Good Standing are Welcome!
Refreshments (including Deedee’s ice cream!) will be served

It’s been a big year for us here, at Centre for Art Tapes and we want to update on what’s happened and what we have planned for the year ahead!

Stay after the AGM for snacks and say hello!

The first 10 attendees will win a 1 year full membership to CFAT.
If you need to check on your membership status please get in touch with our staff. Memberships can be purchased at the AGM or online here.

See you there!

Centre for Art Tapes is Turning 40!

Poster by Jesse Mitchell

Centre for Art Tapes is Turning 40!

The Centre for Art Tapes is celebrating its 40th birthday and we would love it if you joined us for our fundraiser party!


Thursday August 15 @ 7-10pm
Art Bar +Projects
(1873 Granville Street)
All ages!

Things to expect:



With 40 years under our belt, we’d love to take this time to thank our members and community for their energy, time and boundless support. We are excited to celebrate with everyone that makes the CFAT community feel so special, and to continue our 40th anniversary fundraising campaign to put towards future programming.

If you would like to learn more about the fundraising campaign and our online donations pages, please visit:


Art Bar is 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. Gender neutral toilets are available in the venue.

We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts. Care for yourself and others.

CFAT employees will be on site for the whole duration of the event. Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

WORKSHOP: Film and Video distribution for artists in the digital age

WORKSHOP: Film and Video distribution for artists in the digital age presented by VUCAVU

Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 1pm

Project Room
Centre for Art Tapes
2238 Maitland Street, Halifax NS

Free of charge and open to everyone.

Jacquelyn Hébert, VUCAVU’s Community and Program Manager, will host a workshop for artists interested in learning more about online film and video distribution. During the session, she will explain what VUCAVU is and what it offers artists. This will include an overview of other View-on-demand (VOD) platforms and a discussion about how digital tools can be used to promote an artists’ practice.

Participants will learn about VUCAVU’s 8 distribution partners and how artists can have their work added to the platform. Finally, Jacquelyn will discuss how VUCAVU can be used as a curatorial, research, educational and programming tool and what changes are on the horizon as they work to further develop the platform and its functionalities. is operated by the non-profit Coalition of Canadian Independent Media Art Distributors / Coalition canadienne des distributeurs indépendent en arts médiatiques (CCIMAD/CCDIAM). CCIMAD was established in 2013 by a group of independent Canadian film and video distributors to improve international accessibility to their catalogues through a shared digital distribution strategy. To this end, they established VUCAVU to improve access to Canadian works and to provide greater national and international awareness of Canadian filmmakers and video artists.

Jacquelyn Hébert

Jacquelyn Hébert — VUCAVU Community and Program Manager

Jacquelyn Hébert has worked in arts administration and arts education since 2005, holding positions with Concordia University, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Le Labo, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Film Group to name a few. Jacquelyn is also a visual artist and filmmaker whose work stems from an interest in historical, cultural and imagined narratives. She has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is currently VUCAVU’s Community and Programming Manager as well as the Website Manager for the Un Canadien Errant research project at the University of Toronto.

Artist Talk with Raven Davis

Artist Talk with Raven Davis

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 7pm

Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street (Enter on Bedford Row.)

Free of charge and open to everyone.



In celebration of CFAT’s 40tth anniversary, we’re pleased to present an artist talk with Raven Davis.

Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, human rights speaker, community facilitator and educator from the Anishinaabek Nation, Treaty Four in Manitoba, Canada. Davis was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) and Toronto. A parent of three sons’, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, disability, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

Raven is the first of four artists who will be visiting us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Raven will be focusing on 1989 – 1999. Later in the summer we will be joined by Veronica Simmonds, Divya Mehra and Life of a Craphead.

CFAT would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for their support with this program.

We’re Hiring!

Position: Programming and Communications Summer Student

Wage: $15/h, 30 hours per week. May 21st – August 31st.

Deadline to submit: Friday, May 3rd @ Midnight


The Centre for Art Tapes is hiring a Programming and Communications Summer Student through the Young Canada Works Program. This position will work closely with the Programming Director to carry out CFAT’s summer programming and support the organization with its general programming needs.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of contemporary art, being enrolled as a full-time student working towards a degree or diploma with a focus on contemporary art, writing, media, filmmaking or a related field of study. Prior familiarity or volunteer work with Artist-run Centres will be considered an asset.

Candidates should have strong skills in writing, reading comprehension and communications. Candidates should have a strong knowledge of computers including the ability to work with word processing programs, cloud storage and shared files, and social media. Experience with design tools such as Adobe InDesign and WordPress will be considered an asset.

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative group environment is required. Candidates should be self-starters with the ability to set their own goals and deadlines and ask for feedback and support when needed. Candidates with experience participating in or creating safe/brave spaces and trauma-informed spaces will be given priority.


The key responsibilities of this position will be:

  • Supporting CFAT’s summer artists in-residence with their logistical, communication and production needs.
  • Helping artist in-residence plan and promote public presentations
  • Document public presentations and residencies with the support of CFAT’s Production Director
  • Supporting CFAT’s general communications needs, including social media posts, website updates and press releases
  • Supporting the Programming Director with exhibition planning and marketing as needed


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong reading comprehension skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a collaborative environment and conduct themselves professionally at after-hours work events
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to use word processing programs and social media
  • The ability to work independently and prioritize multiple ongoing projects


Interested applications should submit a CV or Resume detailing relevant work experience and a cover letter outlining your skills and interest in this position. Applications and any questions can be directed to Tori Fleming, Programming Director at

This position is funded by Young Canada Works. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 30 and be enrolled as a full-time student in the semester prior to this work term and immediately following this work term. This position is only open to students that are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. Students on temporary study and work permits are not eligible for this position. For more information on the YCW program please visit their website.


About CFAT:

CFAT is an artist-driven media art presentation and production centre; our aim is to support the enjoyment, creation and preservation of experimental contemporary media art practices. Our members and collaborating/exhibiting artists are working in media such as video art, experimental sound, animation, filmmaking, electronic and digital art, and media/interactive installation. We take a broad interpretation of the term “media art” aligning ourselves with its genesis from visual art as opposed to film. CFAT values presentation and research in tandem and places an emphasis on programming that furthers the professional development of its exhibiting artists.


Notes on Access:

CFAT recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing job opportunities in the arts. Applicants are welcomed to self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled, femme or any other community that is important to their identity. We are in an ongoing process of making our space and programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

CFAT’s facility is wheelchair accessible and has one non-gendered washroom. Our Core Staff are happy to work with people with disabilities to support them in comfortably and safely using our space. CFAT’s facility is a community-used space, and a number of members have 24-hour access. Participation with CFAT’s programs and use of our space by anyone is governed by our Code of Conduct, which does not tolerate discrimination or acts of violence in any form.