Curator

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.

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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

Dary Jessome

Chair and Corporate Secretary

Dary Jessome joined the Nocturne team in 2014 and is responsible for corporate governance, contract management, insurance, and risk management. Dary is a lawyer, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on energy law. He is also the acting chair. 

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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 serves as Chair of the Board for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resiurces 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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Wynne Van Thielen

Director (Marketing)

Wynne has over 10 years of experience in client services and marketing roles and received her Bachelor of Public Relations and Certificate in Marketing from Mount Saint Vincent University. As Account Director at VERB Interactive, Wynne manages digital marketing projects from concept to implementation. In her free time, she can be found exploring hiking trails around the province with her dogs and trying to keep her cool in the hot yoga room.

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Gabriel Soligo

Director (At Large)

Gabriel is a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he studies Intermedia and Fashion/Textiles. Originally from Ontario, Gabriel has found a home in Canada’s east coast arts communities—he relishes in Halifax’s artist run centres, co-ops, and galleries. He is experienced in facilitating conferences and events with artists, he has also been part of the NSCAD Student Union’s Executive Council for the past two years serving the last one as president.

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Yeha Ahn

Director (Volunteers)

Yeha joined the Nocturne board as director of volunteers in 2016 and recruits and coordinates around 150 volunteers each year. She enjoys meeting and building relationships with the volunteer committee. She graduated from NSCAD and has participated in Nocturne’s jury process for the last two years. She is currently working on her public relations diploma at NSCC. Yeha loves travelling and enjoys nature walks with her greyhound Stan.

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Brianne Bezanson

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 is currently the Concession Development Coordinator at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, working with current business partners to strategically increase revenues and customer satisfaction. Brianne can usually be found drinking hot espresso & tea beverages while enjoying a Joseph Boyden novel and playing board games.   

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Past Curators

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.