Say Hello to Our New Operations Director Sally Raab!


The Centre for Art Tapes is excited to welcome our new Operations Director, Sally Raab to the team!

Sally Raab is a multidisciplinary artist who dabbles in critical writing and curating, her work has been both published and exhibited in Canada and the United States; most notable at Lumière in collaboration with her husband and DIY techie Shawn Wolchyn, TRUCK Gallery’s +15 Space and the 2012 Calgary Biennial.

She has been enthusiastically involved in Artist Run Culture for over 6 years. A self-proclaimed governance nerd, she was the Programming Coordinator of Untitled Art Society and has sat on the board of a handful of artist run centres in Alberta. She currently chairs the board and sits on the programming committee of Eyelevel Gallery. Sally is very excited to be taking on the role of Director of Operations and working with such knowledgeable and devoted staff and volunteers.

Sally will start with us on Tuesday, February 31st. If you would like to reach Sally with any questions or to send her a congrats you can reach her at

Winter Fundraiser

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Poster by Jason Skinner

New date! Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Our cabaret fundraiser will be a night of music, short films, and performances. The night has been curated by long time CFAT member and former Programming Director, James MacSwain. The fundraiser will feature films by Josh Owen, Tim Tracey, Becky Welter-Nolan and Ann Verrall. Performances by Veronique Mackenzie. The night will include a silent auction and a chance to buy some of our CFAT shirts and totes designed by Paul Hammond.

Pick up your tickets here at 2238 Maitland st.

We are still confirming with artists so stay tuned for more exciting names!

Winter Fundraiser

Thursday, April 6th 2017

Show at 7:30pm

$10 per ticket

Member Vision Meeting: Take 2!


We unfortunately had to cancel our last meeting due to a snow storm, but we’re ready to try this again! The Centre for Art Tapes Board of Directors invites you to help build the vision for CFAT in the coming years. On Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm, meet us at CFAT and have your voice heard!

We want to know how CFAT is working for you. What parts of the centre are most used? What programs are the most important to you? How can we better support media artists? How can we better serve artists from historically-underrepresented communities? How can we provide a path toward becoming an artist for those who can’t afford a university degree? How can we improve our organizational accountability to our staff and to the membership as a whole?

We will work towards answers to these questions and more. The meeting is open to anyone in the community including current and past CFAT members.


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Image by Ryan Josey

2016/17 Media Arts Scholarship Exhibition

The Centre for Art Tapes is pleased to present OUT OF THE CENTRE: The 2016/17 Media Arts Scholarship Presentation. For 28 years, the CFAT Media Art Scholarship Program has provided local artists with the chance to explore an aspect of media art with which they have little to no experience. Scholars receive six months of one-to-one guidance from specially selected mentors, as well as workshops taught by experts in areas such as audio, video, production, editing, after effects and electronics. For the duration for the program, they have free access to facilities, equipment, and staff support.

This year’s presentation includes works by:

  • Jeighk Koyote (Mentor: Sam Decoste)
  • Tamar Dina (Mentor: Becka Barker)
  • Todd Fraser (Mentor: Lukas Pearse)
  • Ryan Josey (Mentor: James MacSwain)
  • Kate Ward (Mentor: Susan Tooke)

Thursday, February 9th at 7pm

Enter through the Centre for Art Tapes back door at 2169 Gottingen St.
Suggested Donation of $10

Crit Night!


New to 2017, CFAT will be holding a monthly Crit Night! We know that often studio practices can consist of working alone in an editing suite or studio space. Sometimes all it takes is a second pair of eyes to get some fresh perspective on your work.

On the third Wednesday of every month we will meet in the CFAT project room for an open critique. Artists in all stages of their careers are welcome to bring in their current work (works in progress are encouraged!) to receive feedback from the group. CFAT will provide a screen, projector and laptop. Anything else required for viewing must be brought by the artist. All time based works must be under 10 min.

The first Crit Night will take place on Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm. See you then!

Vision Meeting Cancelled on December 12th

It’s really starting to snow out there! We really want your input, but more then anything, we want you to stay safe! We’re cancelling the visioning meeting tonight and we will reschedule for a later date. Stay tuned to the website, facebook page, or newsletter for a new date!

We’re Hiring!

Director of Operations

The Organization

The Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) 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 access to professional-level media art production facilities, residencies, and professional development, and we program regular exhibitions and screenings of contemporary media art from across Canada and beyond. Our programs and events also offer opportunities for members and the general public to critically engage with cultural and social issues through media art. For more information about CFAT, please visit

The Opportunity

Reporting to the CFAT Board of Directors, the Operations Director is responsible for cultivating CFAT’s relationship with membership, supporters, funders, and the community at large while managing CFAT’s day-to-day administrative functions. The Operations Director develops and manages budgets for CFAT’s operations and assists in developing budgets for CFAT’s programs, services, and projects managed by the Technical Director and Program and Communications Director. Working collaboratively with these colleagues, the Operations Director implements the organizational vision, as articulated by the Board of Directors, through policies that ensure the safety and well-being of staff, members, and public who engage with CFAT’s physical spaces and programs. They are the primary liaison with our bookkeeper, landlord, and other regular operational contacts. The Operations Director will be expected to maintain office hours (28 hrs/wk) mostly during CFAT’s regular operating hours.

Required Skills and Expertise

The ideal candidate for this position has formal training in fine arts at the post-secondary level or equivalent, a minimum of 3-5 years’ work experience in non-profit arts administration, and an enthusiasm for working with contemporary media artists. They possess excellent written and verbal English-language communication skills, as evidenced in their record of success procuring funding and garnering community support for artists and/or the arts organizations. They are detail-oriented, exceptionally organized, and highly motivated and able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. The incumbent must possess the ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff, board, committees and volunteers in a shared work environment. As this position requires oversight or assistance with CFAT events outside of regular operating hours, flexibility will be required. The Operations Director will be proficient with platforms and software used in our office environment, including Mac OS, Microsoft Office, and QuickBooks Online.


A thorough understanding and appreciation for the context of artistic production and exhibition in Halifax and Atlantic Canada, fluency in non-English languages (such as Mi’kmaw, French, Arabic, or Mandarin Chinese), and experience with Adobe Creative Suite are assets.


The Operations Director will receive three weeks of paid vacation per year, access to health benefits, access to all workshops and equipment at CFAT, and opportunities to travel to conferences and professional development activities. Due to the nature of the role, the Operations Director will sometimes be required to work overtime, which is compensated with time off as described in CFAT’s Personnel Policy.

Starting salary for this position is $24,000/year.

Please send your C.V., a cover letter and three references electronically to (subject heading: Operations Director Hiring Committee), by December 20th, 2016 at 4pm.

Centre for Art Tapes is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusivity and we strive to have our employees and board reflect the diversity of our community. We thank all applicants, but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.