Nuit Blanche Toronto

Each year more than 300 local, national and international artists and curators transform the city for Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art.

There are two ways to participate in Nuit Blanche Toronto:
1. As an artist through the Open Call Project program. Submission deadline: January 22, 2018
2. As an artist or artistic producer through the Independent Project program. Submission deadline: February 5, 2018

Toronto is a city of change. A city in progress. A city of endless personal, collective and cultural histories. At this moment in time, the artists and curators of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 invite you to join them to unfold, reinterpret, question, listen, disrupt and see Toronto through new eyes and our places in it. What does difference mean when we are all different, if there is no “other”? Can our differences bind us together even as they set us apart? As relationships of power and privilege shift, how do we redefine the status quo and reconsider what it means to be together?

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 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.

Please note the Open Call process is now complete for 2018. Applications to participate in Nuit Blanche 2019 will be available in late fall 2018.

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, but ideally will be sited around hubs of Exhibition programming.

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.

Please not the application process to participate as an independent project in Nuit Blanche 2018 is now closed. Applications to participate in Nuit Blanche 2019 will be available late fall 2018.

 

The Nuit Blanche Toronto curators select approximately 20 installations as Exhibition Projects, which the City of Toronto commissions. These projects are by invitation only. Applications for Exhibition Projects are not accepted.

Q. What 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 2018, the event falls on Saturday, September 29, with Extended Projects remaining until Monday, October 8.

The dates for the following years are:

Saturday, October 5, 2019*
Saturday, October 3, 2020*

*Dates are subject to change.

Q. Who produces this event?
A. Nuit Blanche Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto.

Q. What is the difference between an Independent Project and an Open Call Project?
A. Independent 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, but ideally are sited around hubs of programming activity. Independent Projects are selected through an adjudication process by the City of Toronto, members of the Nuit Blanche Toronto advisory committee as well as representatives of the city’s contemporary visual arts community. The application deadline for Independent Projects is Monday, February 5, 2018.

Open Call Projects are selected for inclusion within an Exhibition, and as such are located within an exhibition area. (Please note 2018 Open Call projects are only being accepted for the Scarborough 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, January 22, 2018.

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 Project 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.

Q. How do I apply to be an Independent Project?
A. Applicants must download both the Independent Project Application and the Independent Project Application Guidelines, which are available under the Independent Project Program section above.

Completed applications, along with support materials, can be submitted by email, mail, or hand delivery. Independent Project applications are due by Monday, February 5, 2018.

Q. Who 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.

Participation in Nuit Blanche Toronto’s Independent Project program is not solely based on meeting the general eligibility requirements. All applications are juried against the criteria outlined in the Independent Project Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility, and relation to the 2018 event theme, You Are Here.

Q. How do I apply to be an Open Call Project?
A. Applicants must download both the Open Call Application and the Open Call Application Guidelines, available under the Open Call Project Program section above.

Completed applications, along with support materials, can be submitted by email, mail, or hand delivery. Open Call Project applications are due by Monday, January 22, 2018.

Q. Who 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 Open Call Application Guidelines. All projects are selected based on artistic merit, project feasibility and relation to You Are Here, the curatorial theme of the exhibition.