Call for Submissions: Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2022

(Mis)Identification, The Do-Mystics, 2019, photographed by Jae Kim

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon – 2022 Call for Submissions

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
March 31st, 2022 @11:59pm

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is open for submissions for our September 2022 festival!
Artists from all over are encouraged to apply.

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is a free, night-time arts festival that showcases and celebrates art and culture. Overtaking multiple venues and city streets throughout Saskatoon core neighbourhoods, the festival will feature projections, sculptures, installations, performances, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, poetry and other forms of contemporary art. The festival provides people of all ages an opportunity to engage with Saskatoon’s thriving arts scene while safely exploring public spaces late into the night.

We encourage projects incorporating spectacle and light that interact with public spaces. Projects should inspire and engage viewers and help them discover a different side of Saskatoon. We are committed to emerging practices that promote dialogue in our culturally diverse communities.

With the uncertainty regarding future public health restrictions due to COVID-19, artists should consider how their projects may be delivered with recommended public health precautions in mind. Nuit Blanche will seek guidance related to public events as time progresses and adjust programming accordingly in consultation with artists and other festival stakeholders.

Wunderblume, The Gluey Group, 2015, photographed by Greer Tilford

LOCATIONS

We are open to submissions with proposed locations throughout Saskatoon’s Broadway, Downtown, Riversdale and 33rd Street neighbourhoods. Projects will primarily take place on closed city streets*, parks, alleyways, and in partnership with local businesses. While we encourage applicants to suggest specific sites for their work and consider how their project would function/interact with the space, the final location will be determined in consultation with our Programming Committee. We are also open to submissions that leave placement to the discretion of the Programming Committee. See last year’s map for an approximate layout.

*streets most likely closed for the festival in each neighbourhood:

  • Sections of Broadway (10th St, Main St etc.)
  • Sections of Riversdale (19th St, 20th St, Ave A – Ave E, Riverlanding etc.)
  • Sections of Downtown (21st St, 23rd St, 3rd Ave, etc.)
  • Sections of 33rd Street (Ave D – Ave E)

BUDGET

Our standard budget per project is $750 ($450 CARFAC recommended artist fees and $300 for material costs, equipment rentals, etc.) Artists are welcome to propose more ambitious projects that require a higher budget; outline the need for additional funds in your proposal. Please consider that the adjudication process for projects with a larger budget will be more competitive, as we can only fund a limited number of projects.

Artists are welcome to seek additional funding and sponsorship opportunities from grants and private sponsorship, in addition to Nuit Blanche’s fees. Nuit Blanche can provide a letter of support if selected.

Touching Light, Rich Miller, 2021, photographed by Jae Kim

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES in a single pdf, please include:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, email address
  • Website and social media (optional)
  • Artist Bio
  • Project title
  • Up to three suggested location ideas (optional)
  • Concept (message behind the work)
  • Descriptive text outlining technical specifics of the work (materials, set up, layout, audience interactions/engagement, technical requirements, e.g. electricity, lights off, wall to project on, etc.)
  • Project budget amount requested

Please attach up to 10 jpg of your work (no larger than 1MB per image) or up to 10 minutes of time-based work (.mov, .mp4, .avi or link to Youtube, Vimeo or SoundCloud). If you are providing links, please embed these within your pdf.


All submissions must be received by March 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

Submit applications with “Nuit Blanche 2022 Submission – Your name/group name” as the subject heading to: programming@nuitblanchesaskatoon.ca

If you have any questions or require additional information, do not hesitate to contact our curator Jane McWhirter at: programming@nuitblanchesaskatoon.ca


Chokecherry Studios Spoken Word, Dylan Rivers performing in front of SCYAP’s Mural, 2021, photographed by Jae Kim

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon recognizes the importance of equity and diversity. If you feel comfortable, we encourage you in your application to self-declare if you identify as part of an underrepresented work equity group, such as people with disabilities, BIPOC, or LGBTQ2S+.

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Partially Accessible – NBYXE strives to have as many accessible locations included in our programming as possible. We will make note in the listing of any spaces that may not be accessible for all.