Don’t miss Nocturne’s temporary mural project in Downtown Halifax!

If you have been on Barrington Street lately, then you may have seen the brightly coloured, large-scale mural dawning the windows of 1566 Barrington Street (the old Attica furniture space currently owned by Starfish Properties). The mural, Ne’ata’q (Sun is coming out), by multi-disciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq decent, Jordan Bennett, is part of Nocturne’s ongoing series of temporary installations in underused storefronts and construction sites in the downtown core. The series aims to bring art into the everyday lives of urban dwellers and tourists alike.

The mural speaks to Jordan Bennett’s ongoing practice which explores land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories, and challenging colonial perceptions of indigenous histories, stereotypes, and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk.

The mural was made possible through the generous support of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Gritty to Pretty Downtown Beautification program and is set to be removed this week after a short, yet impactful run, on the windows of this historic building. Nocturne would like to give thanks to Starfish Properties who supported the project through the donation of the space. Although the removal is earlier than expected, we are so pleased with the feedback we received from the community on the project and can’t wait to pursue our next mural installation!

Make sure you head downtown to see Bennett’s mural this week!

Ne’ata’q (Sun is coming out), by Jordan Bennett
Photos by Kylee Nunn

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

In the past 10 years, Jordan has participated in over 75 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of several awards and honours: a Hnatyshan Foundation REVEAL award, the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Artist of the Year, and named one of the artists in the 2014 Blouin ARTINFO's Top 30 under 30 in Canada. Most notably, he has been long listed for the 2015 and 2016 Sobey Art Award and was short-listed for the 2018 awards.