2024 Halifax Marriott Harbourfront x Nocturne Call for Emerging Artists

Melany Nugent-Noble
Posted on October 17th, 2023
by Melany Nugent-Noble

Founded in 2008, Nocturne: Art at Night Festival (Nocturne) is a free, independent, contemporary art festival in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Annually, Nocturne brings 60,000+ people to the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth to experience art and celebrate the visual arts scene in Mi'kma'ki (Nova Scotia).

Nocturne, together with the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, are proud to partner on an upcoming project and are seeking proposals from an emerging artist or emerging artist collectives for the development of a temporary public vinyl artwork that will be installed on the windows and revolving doors of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, located at the main entrance on Upper Water Street.

The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront is conveniently located amidst the historic properties of Halifax and the world's longest urban harbourfront boardwalk, enabling guests to connect with the city and harbour, creating an environment that shifts effortlessly like the tides between work and play.

This call is open to emerging artists residing in Halifax Regional Municipality.

We encourage proposals that reflect Nocturne's core values as an independent, non-commercial, and contemporary arts organization and that are relevant, engaging, and approachable installations for all guests visiting the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront to enjoy.


Marriott Door measurements
Marriott rotating doors

The front entrance is at 1919 Upper Water St and includes 11 windows, a revolving door, and two glass doors.

All panels except for the glass doors can be used in this project. Vinyl should be considered for both sides of each panel to be visible for patrons entering and exiting the hotel.


October 27, 2023: Submissions Open

  • OPTION 1: All applicants must complete THIS FORM and submit it before the January 1, 2024 deadline.

  • OPTION 2: In addition to the Google form application, Nocturne will also accept proposals via phone, video, or audio file as needed by the applicant. Please get in touch via email at [email protected] to arrange this submission type. This process will take approximately 1 hour, including a recorded interview between an organizer or committee member and the applicant, where we will go through each section of the application together. The conversation will be recorded and shared with the jury via video or transcription.

  • Artists are not required to submit a budget.

November 21, 2023: An Artist Information Session was hosted via Zoom on November 21, from 6-7 p.m. You can watch the recording here:

January 1, 2024: Submissions close.

February 15, 2024: Presentations by selected artists. Up to 3 artists will be invited to present their concept for the installation.

March 1, 2024: Artist selected by the jury.

March 15, 2024: The contract with the artist is signed.

April 15, 2024: Work installed.


The three artists selected to present their project concepts will each receive an honorarium of $250.

An artist fee of $1,775.00 will be paid to the successful artist.

The successful artist will deliver the project in a series of digital files. Specifications for the files will be confirmed at later project phases.

The project budget covers materials, production, and installation and is not the artist's responsibility.


If you have any questions, please get in touch with Melany Nugent-Noble at [email protected].