Call for Submissions: Nocturne 2024

Call for Submissions: Nocturne 2024
Nocturne Art at Night

Submission Deadline: April 2, 2024, 11:59 PM ADT
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Founded in 2008, Nocturne: Art at Night Festival (Nocturne) is a free, independent, contemporary art festival in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Annually, Nocturne brings 65,000+ people to the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth to experience art and celebrate the visual arts scene in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). This year Nocturne will take place from October 17 – 20, 2024.

Nocturne is currently seeking artists to participate in our 2024 programming through the development of temporary public artworks that will be exhibited during our signature night-time art experience taking place on Saturday, October 19.

Nocturne’s 2024 curator, Shuvanjan Karmaker, has selected the theme Microcosm as a platform for artists to consider and share stories and to create connections around shared love, experiences, tragedies, and/or responsibilities. To read more about Shuvanjan and this year’s theme, click here and here.

Nocturne pays successful applicants an equitable CARFAC 2024 Fee Schedule, which includes material/production, accessibility, artist care, and travel.

  • We encourage proposals that reflect Nocturne’s core values as an independent, non-commercial, and contemporary art festival.
  • We encourage emerging artists, creatives, arts workers, and makers to apply.
  • We aim to support efforts that are exploratory, challenging, and critical in nature.
  • We encourage applicants to propose new work as well as projects that have been started or completed elsewhere.
  • We encourage artists in all mediums to apply.
  • We seek to view applicants from a lens of equity and aim to create space for equal opportunities.
  • We encourage proposals for interactive and engaging installations.
  • We are committed to reducing barriers at our festival and do our best to ensure the venues and projects at Nocturne reflect those commitments.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 11:59 PM (ADT)

Application Timeline

  • January 15: Call for submissions opens
  • April 2: Call for submissions closes. The selection committee will review and deliberate.
  • June 1: Successful applicants contacted
  • August 1: Marketing materials due
  • October 17 – 20: Nocturne 2024
  • December 31: Deadline for final reports from artists

Applicants will be informed of any adjustments to this timeline.

How to Apply

Click here to see the full posting and to apply.

Please note: For accessibility purposes, Nocturne will also accept proposals via phone, video, or audio file as needed by the applicant. Please get in touch via email at to arrange this submission type. This process will take approximately one hour, and it will include a recorded interview that takes place between an organizer or committee member and the applicant to go through each section of the application together. The conversation will be recorded and shared with the jury via video or transcription.

Nocturne: Art at Night
1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104
Halifax, NS B3K 3X7

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Image credits and descriptions:

1) KILLIM, by Roda Medhat, October 14, 2023. Photo by Nadim Kesserwani. Description: A large inflatable representation of a nomadic Kurdish tent adorned with intricate textiles in geometric pattern sits in front of the ocean on the Halifax harbour.

2) Till the Tide, by Jessie Fraser, October 14, 2023. Photo by Nadim Kesserwani. Description: Three rectangular fabric panels are suspended over the water, the bottom of each panel slightly submerged in the water. The panels read “NO ONE MOVED ME TILL THE TIDE” with woven images of the Halifax Harbour.

3) BLACKOUT 2.0, by Erasure Art Collective, October 14, 2023. Photo by Mayur Kakreli. Description: An audience watches as a person uses their fingers to paint black lines over text on a large printed panel. To their right, two people in colourful clothing play traditional African drums.

4) Becoming Halifax, by Colin J Muise, October 14, 2023. Photo by Mayur Kakreli.
Description: A seated audience watches as two models walk in opposite directions down a makeshift runway. One model is dressed as the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, the other as the Halifax Citadel Clock Tower.