2017 Call for Submissions!

The 2017 Call for Submissions has been posted! 

Engage with Nocturne as an Artist, Gallery, Community Group or Venue! 

What is Nocturne?

Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m.-midnight. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne, designed and planned by volunteers, is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. The Nocturne Program Guide provides details about exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

The Nocturne program and map guide residents and visitors alike to a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

Nocturne is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization. We work on building partnerships with the city and area businesses and government organizations to bring the city access to art and wonder with no barriers.

Every year the city of Halifax partners with Nocturne and that year’s curator to bring art and artists to create fixed points for the evening. These projects echo the year's theme and create gathering spots to which to explore the festival from.

2016 Curatorial Theme: MOTIVE

Nocturne: Art at Night invites artists to submit proposals responding to the theme Motive. How have our motives shifted while adjusting to such frequently changing urban infrastructure, environmental uncertainty, political movements, and media landscapes? Artists are encouraged to approach this theme from it’s many interpretations; to motivate, inspire, prompt an action, initiate a movement, perpetuate an existing current or motion. What are our motives as individuals, as larger groups, and as a collective social network?

Nocturne has provided a platform for artists to create and exhibit works that are experimental, spontaneous and interactive in nature, and in it’s essence holds many characteristics akin the theme Motive. The work selected for Motive will address the many facets of the theme that act towards a collective vision that focuses on bringing people together, mobilizing our senses and experiences toward a broader collective consciousness.


The Nocturne Committee lends voice and agency to the Halifax arts community by facilitating collaborations and exhibition opportunities in the form of a free, nighttime contemporary arts event. The objective of the committee is to execute an annual event that highlights the existing arts community in the Halifax area that serves both the residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality and tourists. The committee acts as facilitator for galleries, artists and volunteers to provide an yearly arts event in both private and public spaces. By creating an accessible yet professional arts event for the community, the Nocturne committee aims for integrity and inclusiveness in all facets of event planning.


The Nocturne: Art at Night Society facilitates exhibition opportunities based on a high standard of curatorial integrity and collaboration. Nocturne enriches and enlivens communities through the creation and exhibition of thoughtful, well executed contemporary artworks. Nocturne engages in municipal, regional, national and international contemporary arts discourse by providing professional opportunities to artists. Nocturne operates in a fiscally sustainable and responsible manner to grow in quality and impact.


  • Present critical and relevant art event(s) of a high artistic and professional standard focused on the strengths of the Halifax/local art community and that includes regional, national, and international representation
  • Increase public attendance and encourage community engagement throughout the Nocturne experience.
  • Secure human resources to deliver Nocturne activities with the guidance of the Board of Directors. Our goal is to shift the organization’s operations from a working Board to paid staff.
  • Achieve sustainability by securing and maintaining financial resources through the development of partnerships with government organizations, businesses, and communities in the region that share Nocturne’s values.

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