Curator

Tori Fleming

2019 Curator

Tori Fleming is a media artist, programmer and curator based in Halifax, NS.. Fleming’s curatorial work focuses on media arts, often centering on the space between media art and filmmaking. Fleming is currently the Director of Programming at the Centre for Art Tapes, a Media Arts based artist-run centre in North End Halifax. Through her independent curatorial practice, Fleming has recently worked with the Anna Leonowens Gallery, The NSCAD Alumni Association and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. Fleming works to promote the status of the artist and Canadian cultural institutions through volunteer work as a director on the boards of advocacy groups including Halifax Ink, a Nova Scotia based artists publication non-profit, and as the Atlantic Canadian Representative for both the Artist-Run Centre Association of Canada and the Independent Media Arts Alliance of Canada.

Working primarily with 16mm Celluloid, Tori's artistic practice also includes painting, installation, and animation. Her works have exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art in the Open PEI, the Halifax Independent Film Festival, The Atlantic International Film Festival the Bus Stop Theater, the Khyber Centre for the Arts and more. She has been awarded multiple grants and awards including the Starfish Properties Award for Film, the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative Celluloid Grant, and an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant.

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Staff Members

Lindsay Ann Cory

Executive Director

Lindsay Ann Cory is a community organizer, arts programmer, and cultural worker based in K’jiputuk (Halifax). Of settler ancestry, Lindsay grew up in traditional Haudenosaunee territory in Southern Ontario. She holds an MA and BFA in Art History from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) with a focus in public art and social agency. Since moving to Nova Scotia, Lindsay has worked at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts as Community and Artist Programs Coordinator, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects as Communications Director, and The Coast Newspaper as Events Manager.

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Board Members

Gabriel Soligo

Chair

Gabriel is an artist and craftsperson in the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia. Born in Ontario, he moved to K’jipuktuk (Halifax) to study media arts and textiles at NSCAD University. Gabriel joined the Nocturne board in 2015 and has had the opportunity to both organize and participate in various arts and cultural events. He feels privileged to be a part of a festival that is always growing, shifting, and responding to the contemporary art field and is excited to see what 2019 holds for Nocturne.

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Brianne Bezanson

Vice Chair and Director (Communications)

Brianne joined the Halifax Nocturne team in 2016 after many years of being an enthusiastic Nocturne attendee. She comes with an extensive background researching feminist literature, completing her B.A.(H) at Mount Saint Vincent University, and M.A. at Dalhousie University. She has over 8 years of business management experience and works at VERB Interactive with the Accounts team.

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Alexandra Cherry

Director (Programming)

Alexandra joined Nocturne as Director of Programming in 2018. She is keenly invested in the idea that art can transform: transform the artist by the act of creating, the viewer by experiencing it, a public space into an open art exhibition, our culture by the fact of existing and acting in it. She holds an BA in Art History and International Studies from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and a MA in Museum Studies from l'Université du Québec a Montréal (Montreal, Quebec). Of settler ancestry, she grew up in the ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway and the Anishnabe.

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Diana Walsh

Treasurer

Originally from Newfoundland, Diana came to Nova Scotia in 2000 to attend Dalhousie University to get her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Diana obtained her CPA,CA in 2009 and currently works in public accounting with a local firm specializing in taxation. Diana has been a loyal attendee of Nocturne since its inception and is excited to be involved in this project. In her free time, Diana enjoys time with her German Shepard, Talia, and camping across the Maritimes.

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Stephen Pamenter

Director (Human Resources)

Born and raised in Halifax and currently Director of Client Solutions for Mercer HR consulting in Halifax, Stephen holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation (CPHR) and is the former Chair of the Board for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia (CPHR NS). Stephen was also a Board Member with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR Canada) and served on a Human Resources committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax

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Yeha Ahn

Director (Volunteers)

Yeha joined the Nocturne board as Director of Volunteers in 2016 and has sat on Nocturne jury in 2017-18. She obtained a BFA from NSCAD and Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC.
Yeha leads Nocturne's volunteer committee, bringing together over 150 volunteers each year. She hopes to grow a diverse art culture and encourage the importance of volunteerism here in Halifax.
This year, she will be working with the North American Indigenous Games 2020 to recruit and train over 3000 volunteers. When she's not working, you'll find her enjoying nature trips with her retired greyhound Stan

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Rohit Seth

Director (Marketing)

Rohit Seth joined the Nocturne Halifax team in 2018 as Director (Marketing). Throughout his career, Rohit has worked in various professional capacities in the financial, energy, hospitality, and healthcare sectors. Rohit currently works at Halifax-based Adaptiiv Medical Technologies Inc. as Director of Marketing. Born and raised in Halifax, Rohit obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and an MBA in Marketing and Finance, both from Dalhousie University. Rohit’s endeavors have taken him from Halifax to Copenhagen to Calgary and back to Halifax, where he currently lives with his wife and daughter.

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Sonia Chow

Director at Large

Sonia Chow is a multidisciplinary designer and artist from Toronto. She has over 20 years of experience in communication design and a portfolio which spans branding & identity systems, annual reports, books, magazines, packaging, trade show booths, interior graphics for retail and hospitality, wayfinding & signage, and event planning & curation. She has worked for and with a range of clients from independent artists and arts organisations to large multinational corporate clients. Sonia designed and built two art suites for ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi (Sweden) with her partner, Huschang Pourian, in 2016 and 2018.

After working and living in Japan and Hong Kong for 16 years, Sonia moved to Halifax in 2018 and will return to NSCAD to start her MFA Studio in sculpture and textiles in Autumn 2019.

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Sarah-Jo Briand

Director at Large

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Sarah-Jo is a Lawyer with C3 Legal. She obtained her BA from Dalhousie University, her JD from UNB (Fredericton) and was called to the bar in 2017. She is a member of ACTRA and has been involved in local theatre, film, dance and improv communities since the age of 6. She volunteers nationally with the Loran Scholars Foundation and is a member of the Nova Scotia Insurance Women’s Association. Sarah-Jo is thrilled to be a new member of Nocturne’s team, joining in 2019.

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Past Curators

Raven Davis

2018 Curator

Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, human rights speaker/advocate and community facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Toronto and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Toronto. A parent of 3 son’s, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

anna sprague

Co-Curator Nocturne 2017: VANISH

anna sprague is a performance artist, creative facilitator, and faculty member at NSCAD University. In tandem with a provocative use of sculptural materials, bizarre props, and outlandish costumes, her art practice explores collaborative performance, public intervention, and site-specific installation as a means of critically engaging with site and history. anna holds degrees in English Literature (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB) and Fine Arts (Concordia University, Montreal QC) and has a love for lowercase letters and underwhelming coincidences.

Emily Lawrence

Co-Curator Nocturne 2017: VANISH

Emily is an artist, facilitator, and community organizer. She has curated and coordinated several projects on behalf of arts organizations including Eyelevel Gallery and the PEI Crafts Council. She is currently a member of Eyelevel Gallery’s Engagement Committee, and was a selected artist for the 2017/2018 NSCAD Community Studio Residency at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth NS. Her experiential approach to creating immersive environments, sculpture, and production design hinges on humour, food, and the senses as conduits to the underlying feminist and cultural curiosities that fuels her work.

Michael McCormack

Curator Nocturne 2016: MOTIVE

Michael McCormack is an intermedia artist, curator, and educator of settler ancestry living in unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq people in K’jiputuk (Halifax). He has worked extensively within the artist-run centre community as Director of Eyelevel Gallery from 2009-2013 and president and representative of the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic from 2011-2013. He continues to work as an independent curator for exhibitions, festivals and events, most recently as a guest curator for Nocturne: Art at Night (2016), Flotilla Atlantic (2017), and KIAC's Natural & Manufactured exhibition (2018). Michael completed his MFA at NSCAD University in 2015 and has been steadily exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions since 2003.

Rose Zack

Curator Nocturne 2015: FOUND AND LOST AND FOUND

Rose Zack is a Calgary-Halifax transplant and an arts and culture doer, dreamer and volunteer. Calling Halifax home since 2007, Rose is currently keeping company with Atlantic Film Festival, as Regional Outreach Manager and on the boards of Centre for Art Tapes and Business for the Arts - ArtsScene. Past involvement includes as public programmer at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), on the boards of ArtCity (Calgary), Creative Cities Network (National) and as founding Board Member and past Chair of Nocturne: Art at Night (Halifax). Recognition for her contributions include: The Chronical Herald’s Arts & Culture Honour Role (2011), Canadian Progress Club’s Women of Excellence Awards – Arts & Culture (2012), Progress Magazine’s People We Love 2012 and Fusion’s GO Awards – Arts & Culture (2012). As a cultural planner for the past 15 years, Rose’s raison d’étre is to create meaningful connections between artists, their work, and the public.

Eryn Foster

Curator Nocturne 2014: Peripheral Visions

Eryn Foster is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, she spent her childhood in the boonies of Bancroft and her youth in Orillia. She has also spent time living and wandering around Montreal, Toronto, Algonquin Park, New England, Vancouver, the Yukon Territory, and Sackville, New Brunswick.

Eleanor King

Curator Nocturne 2013: SPACE AND TIME

Eleanor King is a Nova Scotian artist based in Brooklyn. She has presented solo exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and Diaz Contemporary; and two-person shows at 326 Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and Eastern Edge. Her site-specific projects have been shown in venues across Canada and the US including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, The Peekskill Project, the Spring/Break Art Show and Franklin Street Works, with upcoming works to be presented at Nanaimo Art Gallery, Division Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She has attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, SOMA Mexico, and The Banff Centre; she was the 2016 Canadian Artist-in-Residence at Glenfiddich Scotland and recipient of the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship 2016-17. Her work has been featured in publications including Canadian Art, Art in America and C Magazine. Eleanor is a Fulbright fellow with an MFA from the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, State University of New York, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has been shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia. Eleanor is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto, and her work is held in public, private, and corporate collections. She is Curatorial Manager and Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Art+Design, Purchase College, and was formerly Director, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University.