Artists

Nocturne would not be what it is without the passion, creativity, and genius of Halifax’s artists. The majority of individual artists participate in Nocturne: Art at Night by applying to have a work or concept selected as a Beacon Project. The projects are selected through a juried process and the artists are funded by Nocturne following CARFAC guidelines. The call for applications is now out! 

Every year Nocturne and our curator 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.

CURATORIAL THEME : VANISH

“The modern opposition between tradition and revolution is treacherous. Tradition means both delivery — handing down or passing on a doctrine — and surrender or betrayal. Traduttore, traditore, translator, traitor. The word revolution, similarly, means both cyclical repetition and the radical break. [...] Preoccupation with tradition and interpretation of tradition as an age-old ritual is a distinctly modern phenomenon, born out of anxiety about the vanishing past.”[1] In 2017, as we usher in a year punctuated with centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations of significant moments in Canadian history, it is important to take time to reflect on the complex nature of cultural remembrance. While much of this year’s focus will be on finding ways to collectively mark the one hundred and fifty years that have passed since Canada’s confederation, or the hundred years since the tragic Halifax Explosion, there are many more histories that will continue to slip further into obscurity.

Vanish seeks to re-envision familiar public spaces throughout Halifax / Dartmouth as phantasmagoric alternative realities. In an attempt to decolonize our collective imaginations, Nocturne: Art at Night provides participating artists and audiences with opportunities to re-experience and re-imagine these sites as a means of creatively disrupting the dominant narratives that have come to define the city’s complex history.

Nocturne audiences have a desire to express agency over their commonly shared civic surroundings and to infuse their communities with the wonder, surprise, and beauty of art. As a curatorial premise, the term Vanish relates to both the temporary nature of the Nocturne experience as well as the shifting focus that occurs as new or forgotten memories are transposed over prevalent narratives and pasts. Vanish, in all of its iterations (vanquish, vanity, vānus vanitas), is a term that implies an active state of disappearing. It is not erasure or removal, but a form of distancing or blurring. Vanish is an act of slow magic — a camera lens slowly adjusting its focus. It is the present in the act of becoming the past.

For many, Nocturne signifies a break from the conventions of habitualized movement through urban spaces, and results in momentary fissures that have a lasting effect on our understanding of cultural pasts, architecture, and psycho-geography. Shaped by magicians disguised as artists, this carnival space that invites audiences to temporarily surrender to the power of illusion for the sole purpose of generating real memories.

[1] Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia, Basic Books, New York, 2001


Call for Beacon Project submissions!

Click here for the Call for Beacon Projects

Supporting Documents:

Application Form
Budget Template
Image List Template
Venue Listing

Deadline : June 11, 2017 at 5pm

Information Sessions will be taking place:

HALIFAX: May 9, 6-7 PM @ Centre for Art Tapes (2238 Maitland St)
DARTMOUTH: May 11, 6-7 PM @The Craig Gallery (2 Ochterloney St)

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Galleries and Community Groups

The magic of Nocturne is in part created by various participating galleries and community groups who put the festival in their programming, year after year. Galleries and Community groups are selected through a juried process. An application is required for consideration to be an official Nocturne: Art at Night event. No funding is provided for these projects. 

Click here for the 2017 Call for Galleries and Community Groups Application form.

Deadline : July 9, 2017 at 5pm

Information Sessions will be taking place:

HALIFAX: May 9, 6-7 PM @ Centre for Art Tapes (2238 Maitland St) 
DARTMOUTH: May 11, 6-7 PM @The Craig Gallery (2 Ochterloney St)

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Venues

Have a space? Want to see it transformed into something fantastical and amazing? Every year Nocturne looks for potential venues to share with artists and to help shape the work and festival. We do need some vital information from you and an application form.

Click here for the 2017 Call for Venues Application form.

Deadline : May 28, 2017 at 5pm

Information Sessions will be taking place:

HALIFAX: May 9, 6-7 PM @ Centre for Art Tapes (2238 Maitland St) 
DARTMOUTH: May 11, 6-7 PM @The Craig Gallery (2 Ochterloney St)

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Volunteers

There are also lots of fun ways you can celebrate our 10th year and (and help future Nocturnes achieve more sustainable funding):

Nocturne is run primarily on volunteers, from board members, committees, juries, to helpers for the night of! The festival would not be possible without the dedication of its volunteers.

Interested in getting involved as a volunteer? Please contact our Volunteer Director, Yeha - [email protected] or sign up here

Crowd Count Brigade (around 8 & 10pm) – Use the hashtag #NocCrowdCount to tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook the number of people you see around you (count as far as you can see!), along with the intersection or location you’re at. We’ll assemble the information to get a better idea of how many people are at Nocturne 2017. #NocCrowdCount

Share Your Words, Photos, and Videos – Tag your social media posts with #NocHfx17 (and you can also tag any exhibit numbers, e.g. #63), and engage with our Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts! #NocHfx17