SUM: Free workshops on Technology in the Arts

Emerging Artists Program

Join us at SUM for FREE workshops on Technology in the Arts!

Technology in the arts can provide us with incredible opportunities to take our creations to the next level. However, knowledge on how to use and install equipment can keep us from exploring and achieving the potential of our artistic visions. Workshops are FREE and available for all Queer and Allied Emerging Artists!

Technology in Performing Arts with Sammy Chien

Ever wondered… How does technology facilitate the way we create art? What are the dramaturgical perspectives on video projections?
How does the role of arts and technology implicate with our artistic expression and our spiritual health?

Friday May 4 from 3-5pm come and learn from cutting edge interdisciplinary media artist Sammy Chien, the official selected mentor for the audiovisual performance software Isadora from the creator of the software Mark Coniglio.

This workshop will focus on introducing audiovisual technologies and demonstrating its applications to inspire the participants’ creative possibilities working with sound, video and new media/technologies.

Intro to Media Art Installation with Bobbi Kozinuk

On Wednesday May 9 from 2-6pm, join media artist extraordinaire Bobbi Kozinuk at SUM gallery for an intro to Media Art Installation!

In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Sources: DVD, media players, computers, looping and auto start, file types, compression, synchronization.
  • Projectors: aspect ratio, image resolution, brightness, care and setup, orientation, zoom and throw.
  • Signals and Cables: hdmi, dvi, VGA, video, sdi, wifi. Cable length.

** You can come to one, the other or both workshops. No registration required. **

PAID INTERNSHIPS OPPORTUNITY The Queer Arts Festival is offering emerging artists a rare opportunity to receive an honorarium while working and learning alongside professional artists. Through a mentorship and training program, you will learn the skills necessary to work towards a career in the arts and technology. Please see the job descriptions for details on the available positions. QAF Emerging Artist program works to equip you with new skills and experience through mentorship, to offer you the resources and techniques to engage new technologies as a means to further your career, develop leadership skills, and build the necessary abilities for further employment in arts and technology. These mentorship positions will provide you with introductory experiences in the arts as well as on-the-job training. Previous experience or knowledge is not required. Read the job descriptions below: EA Job Description_ Assistant Stage ManagerEA Job Description_ Media Art Installation TechnicianApplication forms available at the workshops. *ASL interpretation available upon request. Please contact us directly with any accessibility needs at


The address is 268 Keefer St, between Main St and Gore Ave. The SUM Gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent. We would also like to acknowledge that this event is taking place in Chinatown, which is home to low income and Chinese immigrant communities. We are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to do our sharing here.

Transit access:
Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown;
Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.
There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark at Keefer and Quebec St. or street parking.

Light snacks and beverages provided.

Accessibility: This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.
– Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance
– There is a ramp to reach the elevator
– Washrooms are accessible & non gendered, doors will be propped open
– The automatic door operators haven’t arrived yet but the main doors will be propped open.
– Our events are scent reduced.
– ASL interpretation can be provided upon request.
Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information.
Note that BC Artscape is dog-friendly, so you may encounter some furry friends in common areas and elevators.


Alecska or Emily

This event is supported by the Telus Community Board.

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