Design the Nocturne Black IPA Beer Can with Propeller Brewing

Posted on April 14th, 2022
by Nocturne

CAN you design it?

For the past 15 years Nocturne: Art at Night and Propeller Brewery have partnered on the release of the official Nocturne Beer which is now known as Nocturne Black IPA. For 2022 and Nocturne’s 15th anniversary festival (October 13-16) we have decided to redesign the can artwork offering an opportunity for an emerging artist to see their work displayed on the cans and in the advertising associated with this beloved brew.

We are inviting applications from artists and illustrators to design the beer can labels for this limited-edition of Nocturne Black IPA in 2022. This paid opportunity for emerging artists recognizes the contributions of local artists and illustrators to Kjipuktuk/Halifax and the role they play in the city and of course to the history and success of Nocturne as we work to build connections through the arts.


This label design opportunity hinges on the idea that the label itself is a canvas for the selected illustrator or artist. The art can be related to or inspired by what's inside but ultimately the concept is yours to define. Nocturne’s mission is to use art as a catalyst for connection so that might be a place to start but we are also about spectacular artistic experiences and creating lasting impact through the arts.

The successful applicant to this RFP will have their design featured on the label of the Black IPA can as well as on the social media accounts and websites of Nocturne and Propeller Brewing. The artist's name/collective or company name will be included on the label and a large-scale copy of the design will be displayed in the Propeller Taproom.


  • Must be 19 years of age or older (including everyone involved in the application)

  • This application is open to artists or collectives.

  • This is an opportunity for emerging artists, if that sounds like you then you are welcome to apply.

  • Nocturne is committed to providing equal opportunities within our organization to those who come from under-represented and equity-seeking communities. We recognize our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing opportunities in the arts. Applicants are welcome and encouraged 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.

  • Artists may only submit one application to this open call.


The successful applicant will receive $1,000 for their label design. This fee gives Propeller and Nocturne the right to use the final artwork in our advertising and merchandising of the Nocturne Black IPA product for the 2022 calendar year.


Applications should include:

  • Letter of intent (less than 500 words) including an explanation of your practice and your interest in the project as well as a concept for the label design (we are not looking for any work to be submitted at this stage).

  • Bio/Artist statement

  • Website and any social links to your work or feel free to attach past work samples to support your application. (no larger than 2MB each).

  • Please include a list of any support material)

Submit applications to [email protected] with the subject line NOCTURNE BLACK IPA LABEL DESIGN PROPOSAL - [your name].

DEADLINE: May 15, 2022 11:59pm (AT)

Nocturne Black IPA brewed by Propeller Brewing (photo by Topher and Rae Studios)