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2018 Nocturne Call for Curator(s)

The Nocturne: Art At Night Society (NOCTURNE) and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) are pleased to announce this joint call for curator/curatorial team to organize anchor projects to be mounted at NOCTURNE 2018, scheduled for Saturday, October 13th 2018 between 6pm and 12-midnight. This opportunity is for Indigenous curators, artists, collectives, writers, researchers, and others interested in engaging Indigenous-led projects and expanding curatorial approaches to public programming within a contemporary art context. Projects that are conceptually experimental or innovative, introduce new artists to Halifax audiences, and deliver theoretical tools to think about contemporary Indigenous art in Canada are highly encouraged. There are no cultural-specific requirements or expectations for projects. Indigenous applicants will have full curatorial control and freedom to work with whomever they want.

The selected applicant will receive a curatorial fee of $10,000 for development of theme, selection of artists, and administration of the Anchor Project program. Curator(s) will develop the anchor project program with selected artists and identify sites (and secure necessary site permissions from the property owners) as part of the role. Artist fees for curator-selected artists will be organized and administered by the curator through funding granted to the partnering organizations. Artist projects and sites should be well defined before releasing funds to artists (a timeline and deliverables schedule will be presented to the curator at kick off meeting). Further support in the form of a budget for exhibition materials and production (to be developed in collaboration with ACC-CCA/NOCTURNE), installation assistance, design, promotion, and full documentation to be provided by NOCTURNE.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 15th, 2018

About Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA)
ACC-CCA is a National Indigenous Arts Service Organization (NIASO) that supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of Indigenous curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations. The ACC-CCA develops and disseminates curatorial practices, innovative research and critical discourses on Indigenous arts and culture. ACC-CCA builds equitable spaces for Indigenous artists and curators by fostering cultural exchange, collaboration and growth within the Canadian arts ecology. ACC-CCA is not bound to traditional wall-hanging arts, proposed projects are encouraged to consider all artistic disciplines and methods of engagement.

About Nocturne: Art at Night Society (NOCTURNE)
NOCTURNE is a yearly fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth each October. This event showcases and celebrates contemporary arts and culture through various locations in downtown Halifax all free to the public. Nocturne is designed and planned largely by volunteers is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. At the core, Nocturne’s mandate is to provide equal opportunities to artists from all over to show their work to new audiences. The Nocturne festival brings 35,000 people to the streets of Halifax each year. Nocturne is a non-profit organization and has been operating successfully for 10 years, 2018 will be the 11th year for the festival.

About the Site(s)
Nocturne’s Anchor Projects program focuses primarily on 5-8 site-specific installations and performance art activations at sites across Halifax and Dartmouth. HRM liaisons will assist with necessary permissions for anchor project sites on HRM property. Curator(s) working with NOCTURNE will develop the Anchor Projects program as well as a theme for the 2018 festival. Other artists (administered by NOCTURNE through the Beacon Project and Community Group + Gallery programs) will also respond to this theme. NOCTURNE is responsible for all artist-fees for selected Beacon projects and will organize a jury to select those additional projects.

Materials Required for Proposal:

  • Brief letter of introduction including a brief curatorial vision of how you will pursue the festival.
  • Biographies of Curator(s) (max 300 words) and CVs (max 3 pages).
  • Images/links to completed exhibitions/projects (max 5 total) that convey an impression of your
  • curatorial approaches, achievements, and interests.
  • Experience in curating a large festivals or exhibitions considered an asset.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate on the Nocturne Programming Committee including the Jury of Beacon Projects. Selected applicants are expected to promote Anchor Projects and the festival as a whole, be available to present updates to the Nocturne Board of Directors, be available for media interviews and host 1-2 presentations regarding the curatorial vision leading up to the festival.

While out of town applicants are encouraged to apply it is important to note that on site meetings will be important and NOCTURNE does not have capacity to grant travel funding at this time. Curators would be encouraged to apply for additional travel expense funding from home provinces and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Curatorial compensation: $10,000

Submitting Your Proposal

Please note that submissions without this subject heading or sent to email addresses at ACC-CCA or NOCTURNE other than those listed above may be missed. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks after submitting, check the sending address. Incomplete submissions cannot be considered; please be sure to include all requested materials in your PDF.
Submission Review and Selection

A jury comprising ACC-CCA and NOCTURNE members will review all complete proposals received by the submission deadline, and the successful applicant will be notified in April 2018. Upon confirmation of participation, theme, artist selection and project development will begin immediately thereafter. Any general questions may be addressed to either of the above emails in advance of submission deadline.





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