This September, City of Toronto will host the 17th edition of Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s popular all-night art celebration. Nuit Blanche, created by the City in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community, will return this fall from 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 24. For one dazzling night, neighbourhoods across Toronto will experience remarkable and inspiring pop-up art installations, including major exhibition areas planned for Etobicoke, downtown and Scarborough.
Nuit Blanche is now accepting proposals for the Open Call Program and Independent Projects for this year’s festival from Canadian and international artists. Submissions are due Sunday, March 5. Today, the City also announced this year’s theme, Breaking Ground, and introduced the 2023 Nuit Blanche curators.
The 2023 curatorial theme, Breaking Ground, speaks to ideas centred around the natural world and being on the vanguard of change and innovation. Defined as the preparation for building or planting, Breaking Ground invites artists to explore a diversity of themes, including but not limited to the implications of climate change, construction and development of the city’s urban landscape, the impacts on communities and collective responsibilities around land and stewardship.
This year, Nuit Blanche seeks to uncover and highlight artists whose ground-breaking practices challenge the status quo through media, form or content, to transform public spaces and inspire the public to experience Toronto in new and meaningful ways.
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2023 will feature three Toronto-based curators: Lillian O’Brien Davis who will lead the exhibition in Etobicoke, Kari Cwynar who will lead the exhibition in downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods and Noa Bronstein who will lead the exhibition in Scarborough.
Lillian O’Brien Davis is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She has curated independent projects at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Susan Hobbs Gallery, the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba and others. Lillian is currently the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Kari Cwynar is an independent curator and writer based between Toronto and Montreal. She has held curatorial research positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She was the inaugural curator of Evergreen’s public art program in Toronto’s Don River Valley.
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Noa has been the Executive Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and the inaugural Senior Curator at the Small Arms Inspection Building and is currently the Executive Director of Gallery TPW. Her practice is often focused on the social production of space and thinking through how artists disrupt and subvert systems.
Call for Artists
Two opportunities are open and available for artists to participate in this year’s Nuit Blanche through an application process – Open Call Program and Independent Projects. Proposals for both opportunities should respond to the curatorial theme Breaking Ground, have a strong visual component and be rooted in contemporary art practice. Applications are due on March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
The Open Call Program focuses on mid-scale projects selected by this year’s curators to be presented in their respective exhibition areas, funded up to CAD $11,000 and produced by the City. The Open Call Program is open to Canadian and international artists and collectives of all artistic disciplines.
Independent Projects are self-produced in traditional and non-traditional spaces across the city, such as the public realm, parks, galleries, storefronts, office towers, streets and sidewalks. Toronto-based artists with a professional artistic practice looking to move beyond a traditional gallery space are eligible and encouraged to apply.
More information about Independent Project and Open Call Program eligibility, guidelines and how to apply can be found on the Nuit Blanche webpage.
Virtual Information Sessions
Interested Independent Project and Open Call Program applicants are encouraged to join one of two virtual information sessions. Details are available on the City’s website.
Sessions are identical, free to join and last approximately 90 minutes each. Dates and times (all times are Eastern Standard) are as follows:
“Nuit Blanche Toronto will help shine a light on the vibrant and robust art scene in the city’s neighbourhoods in 2023. Each year, this event provides Torontonians and visitors alike the opportunity to experience art made accessible for all. I encourage artists across Toronto to apply to have their work included in this year’s Nuit Blanche.”
– Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park)
“Nuit Blanche is a fabulous celebration of our city’s robust art scene. This year’s event will continue the great tradition of making art more accessible to Torontonians and visitors alike, and will shine a light on both our city’s accomplished artistic community and vibrant neighbourhoods. I look forward to exploring the thought-provoking installations this fall.”
– Councillor Shelley Carroll (Don Valley North), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee
About Nuit Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,606 art installations by approximately 5,800 artists and has generated over $489 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available on the Nuit Blanche website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram. The event hashtag is #NBTO23.
Toronto is home to more than three million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.