Nuit Blanche Toronto Returns in 2022

Nuit Blanche Toronto Returns on October 1

Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free all-night celebration of contemporary art, returns this fall for its 16th edition from sunset on October 1 to sunrise on October 2. Nuit Blanche 2022 will feature works by more than 150 artists for the first city-wide event featuring exhibition areas across Etobicoke, downtown, North York and Scarborough.

Curatorial theme
Led by Dr. Julie Nagam, Nuit Blanche’s 2020 to 2022 curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, invites artists to build bridges between cultures, communities and the environment, transforming the city by telling stories about their connection to place.

Works presented as part of this year’s Nuit Blanche will bridge the international, national and local through art, exploring shared experiences through the lens of Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) communities globally while amplifying Toronto’s local voices in the international dialogue of art.

“We are ecstatic to bring to life the first-ever city-wide Nuit Blanche this fall which will be an epic return to a full public art takeover of Toronto. We will be showcasing a record number of artists who will be rupturing our city with incredible installations that are thought provoking, specular and filled with wonder. This 12-hour magical transformation includes massive light installations, sculptural interventions, inflatables, AR projects, performances, skateboarding, fashion and so much more. Nuit Blanche will light up the city with the creative energy that we all have been longing for.”
– Dr. Julie Nagam, Nuit Blanche Artistic Director

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Light Tipi, 2015, Photographer: Aaron Leon

New Exhibition Areas
This year will be the most expansive city-wide Nuit Blanche to date and will continue to include exhibitions within the downtown core and Scarborough, with support from Exhibition Sponsor Scarborough Town Centre, while extending into North York and Etobicoke, supported by Exhibition Sponsor Humber College, for the first time.

Art projects will be clustered into easy-to-navigate exhibition areas that make exploring the event more convenient.

Shapeshifter, 2022, Anna Binta Diallo

Partner-produced and special projects
Created by individual artists, producers and organizations, and cultural and educational institutions, the partner-produced Independent Projects portion of Nuit Blanche features 50 projects celebrating the diversity of Toronto’s art communities.

Twenty Major Institutions across Toronto will feature art projects and exhibitions free to the public throughout the night of Nuit Blanche. Participating institutions include:

401 Richmond, Aga Khan Museum, Art Gallery of York University Artscape Launchpad, Artscape Weston Common in partnership with Urban Arts, Artscape Wychwood Barns, ArtworxTO, Toronto History Museums, Bata Shoe Museum, Centennial College, School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design Story Arts Centre, East End Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Japanese Canadian Culture Centre, Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Toronto, Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, Pride Toronto, The Bentway, The Drake Hotel, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and TO Live.

#BlueGirl, 2019, Rah Eleh

Browse all Nuit Blanche Toronto art projects and learn more about the artists.

Nuit Podcasts
The Nuit Podcast series Belonging to Place returns with a second installment. Conversations with artists, elders, arts leaders and scholars from around the globe uncover the stories and connections between cultures, communities and the environment, to transform the future of public art in this 10-part podcast series.

  • Episode 1 – Holding Ground – reflects on Nuit Blanche’s contributions through the last 15 years taking over Toronto with more than 1,600 artworks.
  • Episode 2 – Shove it (available August 4) – uses the knowledge of skateboarding to invigorate practices of languages, self-determination and culture.
  • Episode 3 – Creating Culture (available August 11) – considers how large-scale exhibitions and festivals activate creative cities to engage the public.
  • Episode 4 – Disrupting the Public (available August 18) – is a continuation of the contributions of public art and the new publication about Nuit Blanche.
  • Episode 5 – Behind Nuit (August 25) – takes listeners backstage of how this massive public art exhibition is created.

Episodes 6 to 10 will become available every Thursday in September. Listen to Nuit Podcasts.

Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured more than 1,600 art installations by approximately 5,800 artists and has generated more than $443 million in economic impact for Toronto.

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Contact info:
Rachel Fender, Nuit Blanche