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Call for Applications!!! CFAT x Nocturne : Legacies Residency

May 6th 2022

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CFAT x Nocturne : Legacies Residency

Applications Due: May 6th, 2022

Residency Dates: June 1st to October 1st 2022

Theme by curators Stephanie Yee and Lux Habrich

What do we leave behind when our time in a space comes to a close? What have we inherited? What do we pass on to those who remain or have yet to come? Our legacies can span personal, collective, global and ecological realities. It can be planned and meticulously built up over decades or communicated unconsciously in a passing utterance. It could be documented in history books, passed along through spoken word, or live simply as a memory replayed in a loved one’s head.

Navigating the stops and starts, the closings and reopenings, living through this pandemic has meant moving through multiple waves of uncertainty, loss and coping. The consistent thread throughout this rupture has been our need for imagination, creativity, and connection. It is through these modes that we find meaning in everyday moments to string together the stories that move us forward.

Coinciding with Nocturne’s 15th year anniversary, the theme of LEGACIES reflects on how artists have reimagined and activated our city over the years. Continuing in this spirit, we invite artists and the public alike to consider the lasting intergenerational and intercultural legacies that have and continue to shape the depths of their interior and exterior lives. Art can provide an immediate source of coping, but it also nurtures our ability to engage in a world with more comfort, dignity, ease and joy. And while the city’s transformation during the festival only exists for a limited time, it in itself will be a reminder that it is not permanence that makes a lasting impact - but instead, the space and time we take to gather, envision and create.

About the Residency:

CFAT is pleased to be teaming up with the Nocturne Art at Night Festival to commission a new work to debut at the 2022 Nocturne art at Night Festival. One artist will be selected to create a media artwork (ex. VR, projection mapping, audio, video, etc.) using CFAT’s resources, which will be given confirmed acceptance into the 2022 Nocturne art at Night Festival.

From June 1th to October 1st 2022, the selected artist will have unlimited use of CFATs equipment and facilities to create their work. If you’re curious about what we can technically support, feel free to follow this link ( for more information on our facilities or reach out to Seamus Gallagher at with any equipment related questions.

Artists will be paid a $1000 commissioning fee, and given $1000 to put towards physical installation supplies for their projects. Nocturne will be generously providing the artist with a $450 presentation fee for their participation in the festival. While CFAT staff will do their best to introduce the artist to our studios and equipment, there will not be dedicated technical support for this residency. Because of this, the ideal candidate will already be well versed in the technologies required for their projects. The applicant will be responsible for their own installation on the night of the festival.

To apply please send the following things in an email with the subject line “CFAT x Nocturne Commissioning” to by Midnight on May 6th, 2022 :

- Project proposal (what do you want to make, what do you think it might look like?) 1 page or less

- CV

- Examples of past work (max 5 images and/or 5 min of audio or video)

We will also be accepting applications in alternative preferred formats, including audio or video recordings, or we are happy to arrange for verbal applications over the phone or over a Zoom meeting. Please reach out to if you are interested in submitting in an alternative format.

If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to Jesse Mitchell, Programming Coordinator at

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