Call for 2022 Nocturne Curator in Residence

Posted on January 3rd, 2022
by Nocturne

Nocturne is calling for proposals to curate the 15th edition of Nocturne: Art at Night in 2022!

Project start date: March 1, 2022
Contract length: 8 months
Curatorial fee: $15,000
Deadline to submit application: February 1, 2022

Nocturne is an independent, free, contemporary art festival in Kjipuktuk/Halifax presented by the Nocturne: Art at Night Society founded in 2008. The festival brings art and energy to the streets of our city showcasing and celebrating the visual arts scene in Mi'kma'ki/Nova Scotia through 100+ projects and bringing 35,000+ people intro the streets to celebrate art.

Nocturne recognizes the support of Arts Nova Scotia in funding the position of Curator in Residence for the organization.


Nocturne is seeking applications from interested curators or curatorial teams for the 15th edition of Nocturne: Art at Night festival which will take place October 13-15, 2022. The festival is presented at multiple venues throughout Kjipuktuk/Halifax anchored by 5 distinct zones: Spring Garden & Universities, Downtown Halifax, Halifax Waterfront, North End, and Downtown Dartmouth. The role of the curator is to develop a vision/theme for the festival and curate 5-7 anchor projects to take place across each of these zones. While the pandemic is ever-evolving we are planning for a multi-day festival to take place in 2022 following all physical gathering restrictions and COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The selected curator or curatorial team will receive a $15,000 honorarium for an 8-month contract which covers all included tasks associated with the curatorial costs and copyrights. The curator is responsible for developing their curatorial vision for the festival and providing a statement for the festival guide and website. This theme will be used to create the look and feel for the 2022 festival. The curator will have a budget of $40,000 to utilize for the Anchor Project Program and will be responsible for developing the breakdown of that budget for the anchor artists with support from Nocturne staff. The Anchor Project Program is funded by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the curator will work with HRM and Nocturne staff to strengthen and uphold the priorities and goals set for this program. The curator will be supported by Nocturne staff (Executive Director, Programming Coordinator, Technical Assistant, Volunteers Coordinator) throughout their role. Nocturne is also actively working to develop further mentorship opportunities for our Curator in Residence. If you would like to know more about these please reach out.


  • Participate on the Nocturne Programming Committee and attend monthly meetings including the jury meeting for Beacon Projects to provide curatorial insight and guidance
  • Support the priorities of the HRM/Nocturne Anchor project program:
    • utilizing key outdoor HRM venues
    • amplifying the and carrying forward the goals of the cultural plan
    • placing at least one anchor project in each of the 5 zones
    • reporting to HRM liaisons and Nocturne staff as required
  • Attend all artist information sessions
  • Promote the festival within their network
  • Attend select board meetings to provide an update on their work
  • Take interviews with media as organized with the Nocturne communications committee
  • The selected curator must be able to work independently but also as part of a dynamic team


  • Brief letter of intent including a suggested curatorial direction for the festival. This can be a bit vague at this stage and if selected you will have the opportunity to further flesh out the the curatorial vision. You can also let us know if you plan to partner your curatorial work with a local organization and how that partnership might work. This type of partnership is not mandatory.
  • Bio and CV. There is no experience necessary for this position but we would love to see how you got here and where you see yourself going in your career. Images/links to completed exhibitions/projects (max 5) that convey an impression of your curatorial approach, achievements, and interests. Experience in curating large festivals is considered an asset but not required.
  • Suggested work schedule. You will be provided a timeline if selected but it is always good for us to know how you tend to work best and how we can support you in that.


Please compile your materials into a single PDF (max file size 20MB) and email the PDF to [email protected] by the deadline: Feb 1, 2022. Please use subject heading: NOCTURNE CURATOR PROPOSAL 2022 when you submit. A jury comprised of Nocturne staff, board members, and HRM staff will review all complete proposals received by the submission deadline. A short list will be developed and interviews will take place in the first two weeks of February and the selection will be made thereafter. The contract will begin March 1, 2022.


Nocturne recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing job opportunities in the arts. Applicants are welcomed to self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled, femme, or any other community that is important to their identity. We are in an ongoing process of making our festival and programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application. Nocturne's office is wheelchair accessible and has two non-gendered washrooms but the curator is invited to work in any space that is safe and supportive of their work.

For more information please contact Executive Director, Lindsay Cory by email at [email protected]

Photos in this blog post include works by Susanne Chui, Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis, Raven Davis, Nick Nguyen, Liliona Quarmyne, Zomi Tombing, Kelvin Mansaray and the Dalhousie Architecture School Student Association.

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