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CLOUD by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2016. Photo by Ian Walsh.

NUIT BLANCHE WINNIPEG
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Call for Curatorial Proposals
Budget: $25,000
DEADLINE: March 11, 2018


GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is pleased to announce our inaugural Call for Curatorial Proposals for a major site for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg - Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg invites proposals from Canadian curators for one to three site-specific artist projects that will activate Old Market Square in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2018. Proposals should indicate the artists they intend to work with and submit preliminary plans for the artworks. The artworks should be thoughtful, dynamic, accessible to the thousands of people participating in this free public event, and should utilize visual elements that activate outdoor spaces in the night.

The total budget is $25,000 and must cover all costs of designing, commissioning and installing the Nuit Blanche Winnipeg artwork(s) including but not limited to: curatorial fees, artist fees, taxes, travel, materials, fabrication and installation, insurance and deinstallation/site restoration. A contingency line is recommended. The selected curator will collaborate with the Nuit Blanche Winnipeg team on all aspects of the installation process.

These works will be the “featured pieces” of the night.


ABOUT NUIT BLANCHE WINNIPEG (NBW)

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is a free, all-night contemporary art celebration that attracts thousands of people to three urban zones, Downtown, the Exchange District and St. Boniface. Every year, individual artists, galleries, cultural organizations and independent curators open their doors, patios, rooftops and parks, and stay open late for one special night, offering a unique array of exhibitions, installations and performances. In addition to the independent community projects we hold several juried calls for works.

The first NBW took place on Saturday, September 26, 2010, and several thousand-people interacted with and explored the over 35 events. In 2017 we saw well over 20,000 attendees exploring the 115 art events and the community.

This Call for Curatorial Proposals is generously sponsored by the Winnipeg Arts Council, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg’s Producing Partner. Culture Days Manitoba is the non-profit organization that runs Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.


INSPIRATION / PAST EVENTS

In 2016, we presented two artworks by featured artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. CLOUD and The Deep Dark transformed Winnipeg for one evening.

In 2017, our featured artist was Khan Lee, whose Red, Green and Blue transformed a dark parking lot into an illuminated, colourful playground.

As the budget for 2018’s featured work is almost double that of previous years we are expecting the scale of 2018’s featured works to reflect this.


ABOUT THE SITE

Old Market Square

Many outdoor sites are activated during Nuit Blanche Winnipeg with Old Market Square and the surrounding areas being one of the most popular. Situated in the historic Exchange District, Old Market Square is in the center of a large number of the events of the night. At least one of the proposed projects must be located in Old Market Square. Foot traffic in Old Market Square is expected to be between 10,000 and 20,000 people. For more information:


ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA

Curators must have experience developing and installing artists’ projects, and the proposal should have a strong conceptual foundation. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg offers an opportunity to bring contemporary art to a wide audience, to activate our public places at night and to celebrate the unique spaces of Winnipeg. The artistic merit of the proposal will be the key criteria in selecting the curator but the following points are critical:

  • The curator and artists must be residents of Canada.
  • The proposed project(s) must be free to all and must be open between 6pm and 4am on Saturday September 29, 2018. The project must happen rain or shine.
  • The proposed project(s) must be of a significant scale and utilize visual elements that activate outdoor spaces at night.
  • At least one of the proposed projects must be located in Winnipeg’s Old Market Square.
  • The project(s) must be unique, and offer “entry points” for a wide audience.
  • The project(s) must have the potential to enhance the programming of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.
  • The project(s) must be suitable for all ages and accessible to people of all physical abilities.
  • The project(s) must be feasible from budgetary, logistical and safety perspectives.

The proposed work does not need to be new and can have been presented before. We would prefer that the work has not been presented in Winnipeg already.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply, curators must fill out the submission form by March 11, 2018 (11:59pm CST), that includes:

  • A curatorial statement and foundational concept for the proposal as a whole.
  • Description of the proposed artist project(s) (1000 words max total).
  • CVs for all participating artists and curators.
  • Short bios (max 1 page each) for the curator(s) and artist(s) describing their work and any other relevant information can also be submitted.
  • $25,000 budget that includes all costs relating to the conception, design, development, fabrication and installation, insurance and deinstallation/site restoration and including all artist and curatorial fees and taxes as well as all travel, per diem and accommodation costs required.
  • Timeline for project development, fabrication and installation (note: Nuit Blanche Winnipeg will assist with some installation details).
  • Up to 20 images (or combination of video and images) representing your body of curatorial work and the work of the artists you are proposing.


SUBMISSION AND NOTIFICATION

The complete proposal package must be submitted via the online submission form on or before 11:59pm CST on Sunday, March 11, 2018. All applicants will receive an automated e-mail to confirm receipt of their application. For any questions, email us at info@nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca. Please note: late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

All applications will be reviewed by a peer jury organized by Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and will include practicing artists and arts professionals, curators, and production personnel. It is our goal to notify the selected curator by Friday, April 20, 2018.

Contact:
Melissa Courcelles
info@nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca
Website: www.nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca
Facebook: NuitBlancheWinnipeg
Twitter: @nbwpg
Instagram: @nbwpg  #NBWPG


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