Collection MS-3-46 - Centre for Art Tapes tape collection

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Centre for Art Tapes tape collection

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  • Moving images
  • Moving images (electronic)
  • Sound recording
  • Sound recording (electronic)

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1194 tapes

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The Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) is an artist-run, not-for-profit organization that supports the creation of video, audio and interactive digital technologies by providing production facilities, scholarships, in-house residences and mentorships for Halifax-based artists of all levels. The Centre also facilitates the dissemination of media art though exhibitions, presentations and guest curatorial projects, collaborating with groups and organizations in a variety of outreach and community initiatives. Media artists from across Canada and abroad exhibit installations, video, audio and new-media, and participate in colloquia, lectures, forums and master classes. Incorporated in 1978 as the Society for Arts, CFAT has been located in venues throughout Halifax. Current offices are located on Maitland Street in Halifax. The Centre has not had an in-house exhibition space since 1992. Instead, the centre has partnered with local galleries, theatres, and arts and community centres for programming events. The organization receives programming and core operational funding from national, provincial and municipal government sources as well as from corporations, private foundations and individuals. CFAT is currently staffed by a full-time director and a number of paid coordinators, who answer to a voluntary board of directors and oversee member-based committees responsible for programming, scholarships, festivals, workshops, equipment and other functions. Membership costs and benefits vary.

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Collection contains over 1,300 video and audio tapes created by members or affiliates of the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The collection includes works created between 1975 and 2012.

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See MS-3-46 (accession 2011-020) for the textual records of the Centre for Art Tapes. See MS-3-35 for the textual records of Eyelevel Gallery, another artist-run centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Collection consists of three accruals: 2013-058, 2018-014, and 2018-021. Tapes that do not include the accession number in their reference code are from the 2013-058 accession. Further accruals are expected.

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