Job Call: CFAT x AFCOOP Virtual Reality Internship

Temporary Contract

Applications Due: Thursday October 7th, 2021 at Midnight

Remuneration:  ($28/h, 28 hours a week)

Anticipated Start Date: November 8th, 2021

End date: March 25th, 2022

Info Session: Monday October 4th, 2021. Email for the link.


The Centre for Art Tapes is hiring a Virtual Reality Intern in partnership with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. This position will be a paid five month residency opportunity with a mentorship component. Please note that this position is funded through the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Please see eligibility criteria below. While the intern will have the support of AFCOOP and the HIFF team, they will be an employee of CFAT.

The Virtual Reality Internship will function similarly to an artist residency. The Intern’s primary responsibility during their time with us will be to learn new Virtual Reality creation skills and complete a new work in virtual reality to be displayed at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival in June 2022. Applicants will be asked at the time of submitting for a general idea of what they’d like to create. This could be an environment or film to be viewed in a headset, or a full installation. It is ok if this idea changes throughout the residency. Most of the interns hours will be self directed studio time.

The intern will also be required to develop a workshop teaching one VR skill. This could be how to use 360 cameras, 3D modeling, etc. The workshop needs to be fully developed by March 30th, 2022, but is not required to be taught by the end of the internship.

The ideal candidate would be an emerging media artist. It is not required that they have experience in VR, but ideally would feel comfortable with video and sound. Comfort in both PC environments as well as adobe suite are encouraged. The intern must be a post secondary graduate, ideally from a related fine arts or tech program. 

The intern will be mentored by local VR artist Ruth Marsh. Ruth will meet with the intern five times, roughly once a month, to discuss the work and troubleshoot any potential issues in the installation. You can learn more about Ruth below. This position is primarily self directed. 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. 

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • a CV or Resume detailing relevant work experience

  • a cover letter outlining your general project idea and interest in this position. 

  • 5 – 10 images max and/or under 3 minutes of video representing your current artistic practice

Applications and any questions can be directed to Tori Fleming, Executive Director at

All applicants will receive a confirmation email indicating receipt of application. If you do not receive a response within five business days, please contact 902-422-6822


Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 15-30 years old (at the start of the internship)

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (must be either a citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee status)

  • Self-identify as underemployed 

  • (employed below their level of education, holding part-time employment, or in emerging fields with few jobs)

  • Have completed post-secondary studies (Interns in Nunavut, Yukon or NWT are not required to meet this criterion)

  • Have no immediate family relationship with the employer



Ruth Marsh is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Miꞌkmaꞌki/Nova Scotia. Their practice employs an absurdist approach which seeks to queer the intersections between DIY culture and science fact/fiction/fabulation/feminism to address absence, memory and healing in bodies and environments. They are interested in playfully exploring the ways in which effort, failure and repetition can translate into a study of enacted care and hopeful mourning.

Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, their practice has spanned painting, drawing, taxidermy, video, performance, installation and stop-motion animation. Ruth’s work has been shown in galleries, museums and festivals within Canada and internationally including The Confederation Centre of the Arts (Charlottetown, PE), The New Gallery (Calgary, AB), Trieste Science +Fiction Festival (Trieste, Italy), Labocine: The Science New Wave (online) and InScience International Film Festival (Nijmegen, Netherlands).


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.

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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.