To reduce the spread of COVID-19, this year Nuit Blanche will not hold any large scale in-person events. All artists selected to participate in the 2020 Independent Project program have been invited to show those projects as part of Nuit Blanche 2021.

The application process for new Nuit Blanche 2021 projects will open in stages beginning this summer. Applicants from any artistic discipline are eligible, but proposals should have a strong visual component and be rooted in contemporary art practice. Participants are responsible for securing their own location, obtaining either a venue contract or City-issued permit. The City staff will assist with this process.

There are two streams of Independent Projects:

  • General – self-produced projects sited in neighbourhoods all over the city in traditional and non-traditional spaces – public realm, parks, galleries, storefronts, office towers, streets, sidewalks, etc. Application process opens in October.
  • Animating Toronto Streets granting program – self-produced projects exclusively located in the right of way – streets closures, sidewalks, bridges, etc. These projects are funded by the Toronto Arts Council. Applications are now open and being accepted until October 1.