Nocturne NOISEmakers Program

NOISE: Newcomer Opportunities & Impactful (arts-based) Experiences

NOISEmakers is a summer art workshop series brought to you by Nocturne and ISANS. The project, funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, is an opportunity to build belonging, strengthen connections, and create art in public spaces with Newcomers and Immigrants. Each year we organize a new way to connect cross-culturally and use art as a catalyst for connection here in Mi'kma'ki.

NOISEmakers: Microcosm is a free professional development program for newcomer artists, creative workers and craft makers!

Members of the 2023 NOISEmakers cohort, Nocturne and Wonder’neath staff joined by Funmilayo Odeniyi of Michnat Fashion
Members of the 2023 NOISEmakers cohort, Nocturne and Wonder’neath staff joined by Funmilayo Odeniyi of Michnat Fashion 2023. Back row, from left to right: Svilen Petrov, Antonio Rosa, guest speaker, Funmilayo Odeniyi of MichNat Fashion, Zonghua Ai, Hanna Koval, Shreya Talwar, and Melissa Marr (Wonder’neath). Front row, from left to right: Heather Wilkenson (Wonder’neath), Melany Nugent-Noble (Nocturne), Amruta Dnyanmote (NOISEmakers Coordinator), and Leonardo Moura. Missing from photo: Amishi Vadgama. Image Credits: Narbir Sharma

This program will help you:

  • make connections

  • build your resume

  • learn new skills

  • better understand the arts and cultural sector in Nova Scotia

  • Meet other artists and creative people in the community

The Basics:

You do not have to be working as a professional in your field to apply for this program. We are looking for visual artists and creative workers of all kinds, including, but not limited to: painters, ceramicists, textile artists, fashion designers, graphic designers, sculptors, filmmakers, photographers, weavers, folk artists, printmakers, and more.

Participants will meet weekly one night a week for 3 hours. They will have 24-hour access to studio space at Wonder'neth for the last eight weeks of the program.

A $1,000 honorarium will be paid to all of those who participate and complete this 14-week program. We will be accepting a maximum of seven participants.

2022 NOISEmakers participants in a group workshop. 2022. Image Credits: Kylee Nunn

July 17- August 21: Introduction to NS arts sector

  • Workshops Focus:
    • Weekly session laying the groundwork of the Nova Scotia arts sector
    • Introduction of new hands-on and professional skills
  • Dedicated studio time to explore individual practices

August 1- October 19: 24-hour shared studio access at Wonder’neath

August 28-September 4: Indigenous Protocols in the Arts

  • Workshops Focus: Indigenous Protocols
    • Best practices
    • Indigenous intellectual property systems
    • Considerations for events and opening
2019 NOISEmakers posing in front of some of artwork created for Nocturne. 2019. Artists Featured: Kawthar Alnakhoudi, Maryam Aziz, Joselyn Bagaya, Lina Dervis, Razan Dervis, Mariam Ghoneim, Praise Mugisho, Faeza Salih, Hiba Salih, Rayan Shehab. Photo Team: Michael Fuller & Wiebke Schroeder

September 11-October 16: Facilitated project development

  • Workshop Focus:
    • Artists from newcomer community, past participants
    • Topics such as:
      • funding programs
      • practical skills for professional practices
      • individual mentorship
      • professional guidance
      • networking opportunities.
  • Creative focus:
    • Studio time with creative facilitator
    • Facilitator conceptualizes and coordinates creative project based on participants’ interests
    • Opportunities for collaboration
  • Nocturne Festival (October 17-20)
    • Panel Discussion with curator
    • Participants will display their site-specific project
Members of the 2023 NOISEmakers cohort with artist facilitator Jessica Winton, at the Wonder’neath studio. During this stage of the program the artists worked with Jessica to narrow their focus and fine-tune their work for Nocturne. 2023. Individuals Featured: Jessica Winton, Zonghua Ai, Hanna Koval, Shreya Talwar, Antonio Rosa. Image Credits: Narbir Sharma

Stay tuned for our call for submissions for the 2024 NOISEmakers:Microcosm program!

The NOISEmakers program is made possible with the generous support of our partners:

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