Nuit Talks with Artists & Curators


Daniel Arsham, Lunar Garden. Photo courtesy of Daniel Arsham Studio

Go deeper with Nuit Talks

September 18 – October 10

Art speaks volumes this autumn with the free Nuit Talks program offering in-depth conversations with Nuit Blanche artists and curators. Building on the theme – Continuum – the series of provocative events is framed under the title – A line is a series of points, connected. The insightful discussions, conversations, panels, Q&A’s and performances tackle some of the most relevant and urgent issues of our time: access, opportunity, land, geopolitics, sustainability.

Nuit Talks 2019 is curated by Rebecca Carbin.

The University of Toronto Scarborough and the Doris McCarthy Gallery are the Premiere Sponsors for the Nuit Talks program.

Nuit Talks and Nuit Blanche are produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto arts community.


Director X, Life of the Earth (2019). Rendering by Simon Clemo.

Art, the City Builder

Presented in partnership with Art Spin and The Bentway
September 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Move around The Bentway to explore how artists address critical issues facing urban environments. Topics of conversation include access to space, building community and the pressing challenge of affordability that shapes our city, who gets to live and work where. This event will feature a performance, panel discussion and a Q&A.

Moderator: Shawn Micallef
Participants: Performance by Francesca Chudnoff and panel with Max Dean, and Nuit Blanche curators Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
Location: The Bentway

Art, the Mirror with Director X

Presented in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum
September 25, 7 – 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m., reception with cash bar from 8 – 9:30 p.m.)

Director X talks about his epic sequel to Death of the Sun and how art can help us understand timely and pressing issues of climate and geopolitics. What motivates an artist to focus attention on issues of such enormous scale? Can artforms and practices really play a role in catalyzing action and change?

Moderator: Janine Marchessault
Location: The Royal Ontario Museum

Art, the Maker

Presented in partnership with OCAD University
October 2, 7 – 8 p.m.

Ashley McKenzie Barnes, curator of Queens and Kings of Scarborough, will host an insightful conversation with internationally acclaimed artist Ebony G. Patterson about key decisions made in the process of artistic creation. Patterson will speak about her Nuit Blanche project, …three kings weep…, which examines violence against black bodies, stemming from a poem written in 1919, still revealing its relevance today.

Moderators: Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Curator, Nuit Blanche Toronto
Participants: Ebony G. Patterson
Location: OCADU

Art, the Storyteller

Presented in partnership with UTSC Doris McCarthy Gallery
October 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Nuit Blanche and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) inaugural Artists-in-Residence, R.I.S.E. go into conversation with artists Jalani Morgan and curator Emelie Chhangur about connecting across geographies and cultures through art practices. The talk focuses on using personal stories to depict cultural or historical narratives.

Moderator: Dr. Mark V. Campbell, scholar, DJ, arts advocate, and expert in Afrodiasporic theory, Canadian hip hop and DJ cultures.
Participants: RISE Edutainment, Jalani Morgan and Emelie Chhangur
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough, Leigha Lee Browne Theatre

Art, the Maker with Daniel Arsham

Presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario
October 4, 7 – 8 p.m

Daniel Arsham has built an international reputation on creating work at the intersection of art, architecture, performance and notions of eternity within a highly consumer-focused culture. This talk will dive into Arsham’s practice and the creation of immersive spaces, where the artist and architect’s perspectives align, are divergent in this pursuit, and give you a hint at what to expect at Nathan Phillips Square during Nuit Blanche.

Moderator: Ala Roushan
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall

Art, the Entrepreneur

October 5, 5-6:30 pm

Kick-off your Nuit Blanche experience with a uniquely formatted evening of in-depth, behind-the-scenes conversations about alternative platforms for creative production and the subversive act of creative entrepreneurism. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Moderator: Rania El Mugammar
Participants: Mark Stoddart, Durothethird, Hatecopy and MEDIAH.
Location: Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda

Art, the Opportunity

October 10, 7 – 8:00 p.m.

A closing panel for Nuit Blanche Toronto, this post-event talk will look at what the Nuit Blanche event means as an opportunity, both to the individual producer and as a way of bringing urgent issues into public conversation.

Moderator: Umbereen Inayet
Participants: HXOUSE artists, Bekah Brown and Ghost Atelier
Location: HXOUSE