Nocturne 2018 Curator Announcement

Posted on April 23rd, 2018
by Nocturne

Halifax, NS - April 23, 2018

Nocturne has partnered with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective in our search for this year's curator - an opportunity for Indigenous artists to inform the direction of the 2018 Nocturne: Art at Night festival!

Nocturne is excited to announce that artist RAVEN DAVIS has been selected as this year's 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 Tkaronto (Toronto) and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Tkaronto. A parent of 3 sons, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

In this position, Raven Davis will work closely with Nocturne organizers and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective in preparation for the main festival event on Saturday October 13, 2018. Raven Davis has put forth the curatorial theme NOMADIC RECIPROCITY and will select 5-7 Anchor Artists to develop site-specific, artistic interventions responding to this theme. You can read more about the theme here.

Call for Beacon Projects will be released on April 23, 2018 with a deadline of June 10, 2018. Artists are encouraged to read more about the theme below in preparation for their submission to the festival.


Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m.-midnight. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne is a not-for-profit organization. We work on building partnerships with the city and area businesses and government organizations to bring the city access to art and wonder with no barriers.

Geographically, Nocturne takes place within the Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.