Special Events Office

Nuit Blanche Toronto



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event, Nuit Blanche Toronto returns from sunset to sunrise on September 30, 2017. Experience Toronto transformed by artists for one night only, all night long.

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Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures  

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation, Nuit Blanche Toronto has created an overarching theme for the entire 2017 event focusing on this major milestone in Canada's history as a nation. Each Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 exhibition will look forward to the many possible futures of Canada, addressing notions of Identity, Nationhood, Reconciliation, Exploration, and the Natural Landscape. 

How to Participate in Nuit Blanche Toronto  

There are four ways to participate in Nuit Blanche Toronto:
1. As an artist through the Open Call Project program.
2. As an artist or artistic producer through the Independent Project program. 
3. As a volunteer for the event. 
4. As a sponsor of an art project for the event.

ExpandOpen Call Project Program

Each year the City of Toronto works with selected curators to commission a series of installations for their exhibition areas called Exhibition Projects. In addition to these commissioned projects, curators select two projects for their exhibitions through an open call process.

Open Call Projects 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 Call program. Previous participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto is not essential.

The Open Call program is also open to international artists.

If a project is not chosen by a curator as an official Open Call project, proposals may be considered by interested sponsors. Applicants will be able to express interest in consideration as a sponsorship project on their Open Call Application.

The submission deadline for 2017 Open Call applications by email is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 19, 2016. 

 

Open Call Project Eligibility

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Open Call program is not solely based on meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are reviewed against the criteria outlined in the 2017 Open Call Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, and relation to the curatorial theme of the exhibition.

 

2017 Open Call Application and Guidelines

Please download both the 2017 Open Call Application Guidelines and the 2017 Open Call Application below. It is essential that you read and understand the Guidelines before completing your application. The deadline for Open Call applications is Monday, December 19, 2016.

 

2017 Open Call Application Guidelines

2017 Open Call Application

ExpandIndependent Project Program

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 Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Independent Projects are self-funded, self-produced, and responsible for their own staffing, security and other project costs. Independent Projects must secure their own venue, though the City of Toronto can provide assistance to applicants without a confirmed location. 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 are selected through an adjudication process.

The submission deadline for Independent Project applications by email is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, February 6, 2017.

 

Independent Projects Eligibility

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Independent Project program is not solely on the based on meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are juried against the criteria outlined in the 2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, and relation to the 2017 event theme, Many Possible Futures.

 

2017 Independent Projects Application and Guidelines

Please download both the 2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines and the 2017 Independent Projects Application below. It is essential that you read and understand the Guidelines before completing your application. The deadline for Independent Projects applications is Monday, February 6, 2017.

 

2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines

2017 Independent Projects Application

ExpandExhibition Projects

Approximately 30 installations, or Exhibition Projects, are selected to complement the curatorial themes 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.

ExpandFrequently Asked Questions

 

QWhat are the dates for Nuit Blanche Toronto?

A. Nuit Blanche Toronto takes place on the Saturday night of the weekend before the Canadian Thanksgiving. In 2017, the event falls on Saturday, September 30, with Extended Projects remaining until October 9.

The dates for the following years are:  

Saturday, September 29, 2018*
Saturday, October 5, 2019*

*Dates are subject to change.


QWho produces this event?

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


QWhat is the difference between an Independent Project and an Open Call Project?

AIndependent Projects are self-produced, self-funded projects by an artist, collective, artistic producer, gallery, cultural organization, institution or neighbourhood group, and are responsible for their own staffing, security and other project costs. Independent Projects must secure their own venue, though the City of Toronto can provide assistance to applicants without a confirmed location. Independent Projects can be located anywhere within the city of Toronto. Independent Projects are selected through an adjudication process by the City of Toronto and the Nuit Blanche Toronto artistic advisory committee. The application deadline for Independent Projects is Monday, February 6, 2017.

Open Call Projects are selected for inclusion within an exhibition, and as such are located within an exhibition area. The City of Toronto works in collaboration with the artist to produce the project. Open Call projects receive an artist honorarium of $1,000 CAD and up to $10,000 CAD towards project and production expenses. Open Call projects are selected by a curator in consultation with the City of the Toronto. The application deadline for Open Call Projects is Monday, December 19, 2016.

Artists may apply as both an Independent Project and an Open Call Project (with the same project OR with a different project). Separate applications must be submitted for each category. Open Call and Independent Projects applications are reviewed by a different selection process which will not be influenced by each other. However, only one project from each artist can be accepted.


QHow do I apply to be an Independent Project?

A. Applicants must download both the 2017 Independent Projects Application and the 2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines, which are available under the Independent Project Program menu above.

Completed applications, along with support materials, can be submitted by email, mail, or hand delivery. Independent Project applications are due by Monday, February 6, 2017.


QWho is eligible to be an Independent Project?

A. Any artist, collective, artistic producer, gallery, cultural organization, institution or neighbourhood group 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 be free and open to the public for the entire 12 hours of the event.

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Independent Project program is not solely on the based on meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are juried against the criteria outlined in the 2017 Independent Projects Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, and relation to the 2017 event theme, Many Possible Futures.


QHow do I apply to be an Open Call Project?

A. Applicants must download both the 2017 Open Call Application and the 2017 Open Call Application Guidelines, available under the Open Call Project Program menu above.

Completed applications, along with support materials, can be submitted by email, mail, or hand delivery. Open Call Project applications are due by Monday, December 19, 2016.


QWho is eligible to be an Open Call Project?

A. Any Toronto-based or Canadian-based professional visual artist or collective is eligible to apply for the Open Call Project program. The proposal must be unique and exclusively for Nuit Blanche Toronto. The project must launch for the event, and be free and open to the public for the entire 12-hour period.

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto's Open Call program is not solely based on meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are reviewed against the criteria outlined in the 2017 Open Call Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, and relation to the curatorial theme of the exhibition.


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