Call for Applications – Media Arts Residency: Train & Explore

*Calling emerging artists under 30!*

this town is small and Film PEI are seeking an emerging artist interested in partaking in two months of paid, open-ended artistic exploration and training in media arts! Develop your digital skills and artistic practice with feedback from artistic mentors and professional training in media art installation, interactive video, physical computing, and more. Previous experience in media arts isn’t required, but we are seeking an enthusiastic candidate interested in learning, exploring, and developing a project over the course of the internship.

Residency dates: February 6 to March 31, 2023

Deadline to apply: Sunday, January 29, 2023 at midnight AST

Conditions: 37.5 hours per week at $21/hr

This opportunity is presented as part of the “Digital Skills for Youth” program coordinated by the Independent Media Arts Alliance and funded by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Please double-check your eligibility below before applying!


This residency will act as an introduction to various media arts technologies and techniques, and will be divided in two sections: training and exploration.

The first month of the residency will feature weekly training sessions with artist-mentors in the FilmPEI facilities. One-on-one training will be supplemented with take-home exercises and materials that the artist can work on throughout the duration of the internship. In the second month, the artist in residence will be given the opportunity to dive deeper into their areas of interest and work on an independent media art project with the continued access to FilmPEI’s facilities, and the ongoing support and technical assistance from the mentors. 

Training and areas of focus will be tailored to the artist in residence’s interests and skill-level. Mentorship and training provided will include introductions to working with interactive video using MaxMSP software (Alter video effects with your voice! Create sounds using movement! Incorporate live video effects into performance art! The possibilities are endless!), physical computing using Arduino (Use sensors to make sounds with water, light, and movement! Make sculptures dance to music! Make a robotic musical instrument!), and other media art technologies (Augmented reality! Projection mapping! Green screen! SFX video editing!). Training will focus on creation, play, and experimentation, and will encourage the artist to learn new techniques and softwares, overcome technical challenges, and expand their imagination.

This opportunity supports one artist between 15 and 30 years of age to partake in training and open-ended artistic creation in media arts. Artists with no prior experience working in media arts are encouraged to apply. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated candidate who is eager to learn new digital skills, with the goal of developing a media art project over the course of the internship. 


Media art encompasses a wide range of artworks that utilize current and emerging technologies. Media art includes mediums such as interactive video installation, projection mapping, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, coding, 3D printing, and many more! 

ELIGIBILITY (Please read carefully) Through our funders we must follow a strict eligibility criteria. It is important that all candidates that apply meet this, as it is unfortunately inflexible.  

  • Be an emerging artist with living arrangements in Prince Edward Island during the internship period
  • Be able to self-arrange travel to FilmPEI’s location 
  • Have an interest in or an existing media arts practice
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the residency
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (either a citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee status, work permits are not eligible)
  • Be unemployed or identify as underemployed (i.e. employed below your level of education, holding part-time employment, or in emerging fields with few jobs)
  • Have completed post-secondary studies
  • Have no immediate family relationship with the employer


  • Consistency with this town is small’s mandate to support contemporary artists
  • Support material which demonstrates a robust commitment to artistic creation
  • Potential impact of the residency in your professional and artistic development



Applications may be in French or English and must include:

  • Tell us about yourself and your experience as an artist (250 words max.)
  • Tell us why you are excited to learn about media arts and develop a media arts project (500 words max.)
  • Tell us how you think the residency will support your development as an artist (250 words max.)
  • 5-10 images, videos, or audio samples that showcase your artwork

Applications must be sent through our application form: Link here

Application deadline: 29-Jan-2023

Internship start date: 6-Feb-2023

End date of internship: 31-Mar-2023

Hours worked per week: 32

Hourly wage: $21.00

Have questions? Contact Alexandra at

This opportunity is presented as part of the “Digital Skills for Youth” program coordinated by the Independent Media Arts Alliance and funded by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

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