Past Programming

Book Launch: Attune by E.Moir

CFAT celebrated the debut of artist book Attune, by past artist in residence E.Moir with a night of Karaoke. Attune is a collection of illustrated, painted and digital works inspired by a six month video residency at the Centre for Art Tapes in 2017-2018. Copies were for sale at the event, and are still for sale here at the Centre for Art Tapes.

7pm, Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Art Bar + Projects

1891 Granville St

Free Admission

Tiny Takeover: Kid Critics

We invited over our neighbours at A Tiny Lab for Early Learning to collaborate with us on a very exciting exhibition! Curated by CFAT Programming Director, Tori Fleming, Tiny Takeover featured work by Andrew Coll and Craig Lang, Emily Hamel, Emily Lawrence and Kylie Dyment, April White and William Wegman. This program was made possible by the 4Cs foundation.

The students at A Tiny Lab, ages 3 – 5, dropped by the CFAT offices to view and critique the featured works. Their critiques were then recorded and transcribed into a catalogue available at the exhibition.

Here are some reviews we received from our critics after asking them “did you like this show?”

“I like to feed make up to my dog.”
– Madeline

“Why is the floor so dirty?”
– Rendall

“I would like to see a painting.”
– Arlo

Opening Saturday, August 11th at 3pm.

Exhibition Open:
August 14th – 31st, 2018
2238 Maitland St.
Free Admission


Y2Karaoke with E.Moir

Our Video as a Physical Medium artist in residence, E. Moir, finished off their residency with a live video hacking performance with accompaniment by local musician Strange Charmz. The performance was followed by a Y2Karaoke party, featuring memorable performances from CFATs members and community members in their best Y2K outfits.

Entrance on Gottingen St. @ 2169

8-9: Video from artist in residence E. Moir
+ live music from Strange Charmz

9-12: Y2Karaoke!
Millennium glam, hackers, 90’s pop stars and drag welcome.
+Prize for best dressed!

Women in Video: A Round Table Discussion

As a complement to our upcoming Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift screenings, CFAT held Women in Video: A Round Table Discussion. CFAT Programming Director, Tori Fleming, moderated a discussion featuring Thirza Cuthand, Becka Barker, Jennifer Smith and Helah Cooper. The artists discussed their practices and the history of women in video.

Women in Video

Saturday March 10th at 3pm

2238 Maitland St

Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift

In collaboration with the Video Pool Media Arts Centre, CFAT presented Isolated Landscapes/Anchored and Adrift, a collection of video works by women from 1980 to now. The screening took place in two parts:


7pm Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women

Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman

Including videos by Thirza Cuthand, Elvira Finnigan, Hope Peterson & Maureen Medved, Dominique Rey, Reva Stone, Sheila Urbanoski and Lori Weidenhammer.

Selling Venus – by Dominic Rey, 2003. 17:35 min.

9pm Anchored and Adrift: Video by Atlantic Women

Curated by Yalitsa Riden, Tara Taylor and Jessica Wiebe

Including works by Becka Barker, Catherine Bussiere, Hannah Levin and Halah Cooper, Marie Koehler, Natalie Boterman, and Rajee Pana Jeji Shergill. More pieces will be added to this line up by early next week. Stay tuned for exciting news!

Sell It! – Becka Barker, 2003.March 8th, 2018
St. Georges Main Hall
2222 Brunswick st

The 30th Annual Media Art Scholarship Presentation

In 2018 CFAT celebrated 30th years of the Media Art Scholarship with our annual scholarship exhibition. This exhibition, Hyper > Media > Paradise, was one of the most diverse uses of technology the scholarship has seen in its thirty years. The works included projection mapped ceramic sculpture, animation, analogue video, and mock holograms. For the second year the scholarship presentation is taking place within the CFAT facilities, exhibiting in the rooms in which the work was created. This years participating artists are: Andrea Thorne, Charvel Rappos, Ian Funke-McKay, Juss Heinsalu, Kate Grey and Keelin Jack.

We would like to recognize the 2017/18 Mentors who guided their scholars through the process from conception to realization: Dawn George, Anne Macmillan, Wes Johnston, Michael McCormack, Susan Tooke and Jeff Wheaton.

Hyper > Media > Paradise in the Press:

CFAT’s Hyper Colour by Tara Thorne, The Coast.

Opening Reception:

Thursday, February 8th at 7pm

Exhibition open to the public:

February 9th, 10th, 13th and 14th from 10am – 5pm

2238 Maitland St. , Halifax


Video as a Physical Medium Residency

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From October 2017 – March 2018, our ‘Video as A Physical Medium’ Artist-in-Residence was Local artist Elyse Moir.

During her residency at CFAT Elyse recorded and manipulated video and soundscapes as well as making visual art in the form of prints, paintings, sculpture and zines.


Disrupting Hierarchies at the Flotilla Conference

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The CFAT Staff took a road trip to the Flotilla Conference in September to reflect on hierarchies and systems of power that exist within artist-run centres. Through 2017/18, CFAT reformatted our staffing structure from a team of coordinators and one director into a non-hierarchical team. Through consultation with our membership and community, CFAT took this time of change as an opportunity to reflect on what CFAT is and vision how we can best serve our membership into the future. Through this examination, we confronted the ways in which power structures are embedded into artist-run cultures and ways in which we can disrupt them. All four CFAT staff members (Tom Elliott, Tori Fleming, Sally Raab-Wolchyn and Jesse Mitchell) will led an open conversation on employment, power structures and the logistics of a non-hierarchical office.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.
Delta Hotel Charlottetown
18 Queen St, Charlottetown


Retro Tape


With assistance from Visual Arts Nova Scotia, CFAT headed down to Mahone Bay for Retro Tape: A collection of works from the last ten years of the scholarship program. This program was curated by Production Director Tom Elliott, who worked along side the scholars to create most of the works seen at the screening. This program included:

Bee Taxidermy, Ruth Marsh, 9:32min, 2012.
Ida, Susan Wolf, 3:27min, 2010.
The Grand Tour, Kasia Kilmpel, 4:55min, 2015.
Lulu Song, Tamar Dina, 4:55min, 2017.
Journeymen, Anna Taylor, 2:34min, 2013.
Le Vaisseau Evapore, Amélie Proulx, 3:55min, 2010.
Vintage, MJ Sakurai, 6:00min, 2009.
I AM COLOUR, Kira Daube, 6:00min, 2014.
One Face to the Other, Kate McKenna, 7:30min, 2010.

Friday July 7th at 7pm.
Mahone Bay Centre
45 School St, Mahone Bay NS

Monitor 12 at HIFF

Monitor12 at HIFF

Saturday, June 10th 2017 at 9pm
Scotia Bank Stage Theatre
1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS

CFAT partnered with the South Asian Visual Art Centre to present Monitor 12: Figures Pointing Outside the Frame at the 2017 Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. This collection of short videos was curated by Toronto-based curator and artist Oliver Husain as well as Jakarta-based programmers Otty Widasari and Yuki Aditya.

The screening was immediately followed by a discussion between Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill, CFAT Programming Committee member and SAVAC member, and Sanaz Sohrabi, one of the featured video artists.


Sound Etiquette

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Curated by Amanda Shore, CFAT Curator in Residence from October 2016 – March 2017.

Exhibition including works by Sonia Boyce MBE, Christine Sun Kim, and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsey.

Khyber Centre for The Arts
1880 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 28th – April 24th, 2017
Opening March 27th, 2017

The Curatorial Essay written by Amanda Shore can be found here.

Sound Etiquette in the Press:

Halifax Report: Minimal-ish by Amanda Shore. Canadian Art Magazine.

Halifax Exibit Explores Politics of Sound by Madi Haslam. THIS magazine.

Sound and Vision by Mollie Cronin. The Coast.

Artist Talk: Merle Harley, E-Lab Artist-In-Residence

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Talk by Merle Harley, CFAT Electronics Lab Artist in Residence from October 2016 – March 2017.

Khyber Centre for The Arts
1880 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 23rd, 2017 at 7pm.

OUT OF THE CENTRE: 2016/17 Media Art Scholarship Presentation


Presenting the works of the 2016/17 Media Art Scholarship which ran from July 2016 – January 2017. Read more about the Media Art Scholarship here.

Exhibition including works by Jeighk Koyote, Tamar Dina, Todd Fraser, Ryan Josey and Kate Ward.

Centre for Art Tapes
2238 Maitland st. Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 9th, 2017 at 7pm