Special Events Office




Saturday, October 1, 2016 

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event, the magic of Nuit Blanche Toronto returns from sunset to sunrise on October 1, 2016. Experience Toronto transformed by artists for one night only, all night long.

How to Participate in Nuit Blanche Toronto

There are five ways to participate in Nuit Blanche Toronto:
1. Propose an art project through the Open Call process.
2. Propose an Independent Project.
3. Volunteer for the event.
4. Sponsor an art project or the event.
5. Apply to be considered a Sponsor Art Project.

ExpandProposing an Open Call Project

Each year the City of Toronto works with Curators to commission a series of installations ("Exhibition Projects") for their Exhibition areas. In addition to these commissioned projects, participating Exhibitions include two projects each selected by the Curators through an Open Call process. 

Open Calls are funded and produced by the City of Toronto. They are selected by Curators in response to the curatorial vision of their Exhibitions.

Toronto-based and Canadian-based artists, at any stage of their career, are strongly encouraged to apply to the Open Calls. Previous experience is not essential.

The Open Call program is also open to international artists.

The 2016 Open Call submissions closed on December 14, 2015.

Independent Projects are not funded or produced by the City of Toronto, but instead are program partners of the event. They do not respond to a curatorial theme but are selected through an adjudication process.

 

Open Call Project Eligibility

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Open Call program is not automatic, solely on the basis of meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are curated against the criteria outlined in their respective guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit and project feasibility.

ExpandProposing an Independent Project

Toronto artists, museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and BIAs are invited to submit their proposals to activate and transform the city at large, as an Independent Project for the night of Nuit Blanche Toronto.

An Independent Project does not receive any funding and is responsible for its own staffing, security and other project costs. Independent Projects must find their own venue (a gallery, concert hall, hotel, parking lot, café, park, alleyway, etc.). The City of Toronto cannot find you a venue, but can consult on ideas and considerations. Independent Projects can be located anywhere within the city of Toronto.

Independent Projects are not funded or produced by the City of Toronto, but instead are program partners of the event. They do not respond to a curatorial theme but are selected through an adjudication process.

Independent Project application submissions are usually due by late-January.

 

Independent Projects Eligibility

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Independent Project program is not automatic, solely on the basis of meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are juried against the criteria outlined in their respective guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit and project feasibility.

ExpandExhibition Projects

At least 30 installations ("Exhibition Projects") are selected to complement the theme of a curatorial vision for Nuit Blanche Toronto. These installations are then commissioned by the City of Toronto for Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Nuit Blanche Toronto does not accept applications for Exhibition Projects.

ExpandSponsorship Opportunities

Nuit Blanche Toronto provides organizations with direct access to Toronto's diverse population and an event audience of over one million through customized sponsorships designed to meet your organizations business and philanthropic objectives and budget.

Your investment in Nuit Blanche Toronto will allow you to promote your brand and products, entertain clients, and demonstrate your support for Toronto's cultural community.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to building strong partnerships that benefit sponsors, the event and its audiences.

For more information on sponsorship and partnership opportunities for your organization, please contact Michael Brown, Sponsorship Manager at 416-395-7347 or email mbrown3@toronto.ca.

ExpandFrequently Asked Questions

 

Q. What are the dates for Nuit Blanche Toronto?

A. Nuit Blanche Toronto  takes place on the Saturday night of the weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving. In 2016, the event falls on Saturday, October 1*.

The dates for the following years are:  

Saturday, September 30, 2017*
Saturday, September September 29, 2018.*

*Dates are subject to change.
 


Q. Who produces this event?

A. Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto. 


Q. What is the difference between an Independent Project and an Open Call Project?

A. Independent Projects do not receive any funding and are responsible for their own staffing, security and other project costs. An Independent Project must find their own venue (a gallery, concert hall, hotel, parking lot, café, park, alleyway, etc.). The City of Toronto cannot find a venue, but can consult on ideas and considerations. Independent Projects can be located anywhere within the city of Toronto. Independent projects are selected based on 

Independent Project submissions are usually due by late-January. 

Open Call Projects will be selected based on a number of criteria including artistic merit and how the project relates to the curatorial and artistic visions.

Open Call projects are part of the Exhibitions. The City of Toronto will work with the artist to produce the piece. Open Call projects that are selected for inclusion in the event will receive an artist honorarium of $1,000 CAD and up to $10,000 CAD towards project and production expenses. Open Calls will be located within an Exhibition area.

Open Call Project submissions are usually due by mid-December.


Q. How do I apply to be an Independent Project?

A. Independent Project submissions closed on February 4, 2016.


Q. Who is eligible to be an Independent Project?

A. Any venue, artist, gallery, collective, organization or neighbourhood that creates a significant, unique project exclusively for Nuit Blanche Toronto can qualify to be an Independent Project. The project must launch for the event and run the entire 12 hours, and must be free.  
 


Q. How do I apply to be an Open Call Project?

A.  Open Call Project submissions closed on December 14, 2015.

 


Q. Can I apply for both categories: Open Call and Independent Projects?

A. Yes, you may apply to both categories: Open Call and Independent Projects. Please note that there are two separate Application forms. One is for Open Call and one is for Independent Projects.

Refer to the details outlined above to understand the differences between Open Call and Independent Projects.  
 


Q. What is an Exhibition area?

A. An Exhibition area is made up of Exhibition Projects and Open Call Projects that transform the city. Exhibition boundaries are subject to change each year. Exhibition areas are selected by the City of Toronto in conjunction with the Curators and the Nuit Blanche Toronto Artistic Advisory Committee.


Q. Can I apply as one of the larger Exhibition Projects?

A. We do not accept applications for the larger Exhibition projects. Exhibitions are curated specifically for Nuit Blanche Toronto and include an artistic vision.
 


Q. Do I need to have a venue secured before I apply as an Independent Project?

A. No, you do not need to have your venue confirmed if you have been accepted as an Independent Project, but you should have a short-list of venues/spaces that you have approached or researched already.

If your project is accepted, you must confirm your venue by late April* or you will not be able to participate in the event.

City of Toronto does not find venues for Independent Projects, however we may be able to suggest possible partnerships.

Projects using private venues will require a signed agreement from the owner to guarantee their commitment. Venues must be able to accommodate the project, the estimated audience and cannot exclude audience members. Venues not considered suitable include: venues that only grant access to people 19 years old +, and venues that cannot stay open all night.

Projects using public spaces are responsible for their own permits, security, electrical source, hydro and irrigation site surveys (where applicable). However, City of Toronto staff will assist with aspects wherever possible.

If an Independent Project cannot confirm a venue by the deadline, then the project will no longer be eligible to be part of Nuit Blanche Toronto.  

*Date is subject to change.
 


Q. We have a venue - how can we host an Independent Project?

A. If you would like to financially support an artist's Independent Project at your venue, we will try to assist you in finding a suitable artist from the submissions we receive (from both Independent Projects and Open Call Projects).

We cannot guarantee a match will present. In general, we encourage all venues to solicit artists directly or commission a project suitable to the venue (and which meets all criteria) and apply as an Independent Project. If you wish to solicit artists directly we suggest advertising on Akimbo, art blogs, local papers, etc.

Please contact us at ips@toronto.ca if you have a venue that you can offer (free of charge). Please provide details such as location, capacity, indoors/outdoors, food, beverage on site, and washroom/wheel chair accessibility. Hosting a project is a great way to generate interest and exposure for your space/organization and support your arts community.  
 


Q. Do I need to have a venue secured before I apply as an Open Call?

A. No. City of Toronto will work with selected Open Call Projects to secure an appropriate venue for the project. However, it is helpful if the artist has a venue or a type of venue in mind they would like to use (ie: park, parking lot, alley, court yard, lobby, white wall, etc). Venues and spaces can then be pursued and researched by the artist and/or City of Toronto.
 


Q. When does the City close roads for the event?

A. The City of Toronto will request road closures after considering several factors, including: costs (our event must pay for street closures), police and fire department concerns, traffic flow and residential concerns.
 


Q. Can I charge a fee for my project?

A. No. Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free all-night contemporary art event.
 


Q. Can I host an Independent Project in a bar?

A. No, all projects must be free and accessible to the public of ALL ages. Venues that only permit entry to patrons 19 years and older are not considered suitable venues. Hotels and other venues that allow all ages are eligible.
 


Q. What is the origin and background of the Nuit Blanche concept?

A. Nuit Blanche was originally conceived in Paris, France in 2002, in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the masses in public spaces. At its core, Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour event with a mandate to make contemporary art accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the public to examine its significance and impact on public space.

In 2006, the City of Paris producers of the founding Nuit Blanche invited the City of Toronto to join the assembly of more than six European cities producing similar all-night art and cultural events. Toronto was the first North American city to model itself based on the City of Paris Nuit Blanche and has inspired further similar celebrations.

Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free contemporary art event that cultivates meaningful artistic and curatorial engagement for the broadest public. From sunset to sunrise, city spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into a temporary living museum of Exhibitions populated by compelling artworks. Unusual or forbidden spaces become sites of contemporary art and facilitate an a night of discovery and rediscovery. The everyday is suspended as the City's landscape is transformed to welcome a variety of artistic experiences. Cultural institutions, museums, galleries and artist-run centres, open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art. 

More Nuit Blanche events around the world.

ExpandFuture Dates

Each year Nuit Blanche Toronto is held on the weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving. The upcoming scheduled dates are:

Saturday, September 30, 2017*
Saturday, September 29, 2018*

*all dates are subject to change

Nuit Blanche Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto's arts community.