Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Call for submissions: Fly By Night, The Gladstone’s Annual Nuit Blanche Celebration

The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto has put out a call for submissions for its 2011 Nuit Blanche event called Fly-By-Night: Brief Moments And Fleeting Experiences In Ephemeral Environments.

The Gladstone Hotel is a unique and historical building that was renovated with local artists designing each room individually with his or her own vision. The building still functions as a hotel but regularly exhibits artwork and hosts many arts events. 

They are requesting artists of various disciplines to submit their ideas for the many rooms and spaces in the hotel. The deadline for submissions is April 30.

Nuit Blanche in Toronto takes place the night of October 1-2.


Fly By Night: The Gladstone’s Annual
Nuit Blanche Celebration!

Fly-By-Night: Brief Moments And Fleeting Experiences In Ephemeral Environments.

The Gladstone Hotel is seeking individual or groups of artists who would like to participate in an exhibition curated by the hotel for the city’s Nuit Blanche celebrations October 1st at sunset to October 2nd at sunrise, 2011. This exhibition will showcase temporary installations in the hotel’s 10 second floor studio spaces, hallway and Art Bar. Artists are asked to present concepts for ephemeral environments for visitors to experience. Works may be visual, experiential, or participatory, but must create a unique environment within the space assigned.

The Gladstone has become one of West Queen West’s most welcoming and engaging hubs for contemporary art. In 2010 Now Magazine stated:

In particular, the Gladstone Hotel once again made great use of the whole building to showcase a wide variety of good contemporary art. It felt like one big art party… There was a real sense of exploring the space, and the curating struck a good balance between serious contemplative pieces and more accessible playful work.

Why should you participate?
9,000 visitors to Gladstone Hotel on Nuit Blanche 2010
Exhibition will be promoted in Gladstone Bag Newsletter and Gladstone website Event Listings as well as featured on Gladstone Hotel website Exhibition Page and Gladstone Exhibition Press Release
Showcase your work in the bright, beautiful spaces and restored Victorian grandeur of the Gladstone
Individual exhibition rooms for artist/s
A variety of unique public space project possibilities
Participation is FREE  (however minor repair fees will apply)

Note:  We ask that artists sit the advertised exhibition hours 7pm –5am

Areas to Consider:

Second Floor Balcony (overlooking Queen St West)

Alleyway behind the hotel

Lower Green Roof

ART BAR (with frontage on Queen West): we are seeking work with a participation element or demonstration based work

Room 207: we are seeking a site specific work that considers the 6 large bay windows that corner

Queen and Gladstone

Dates and Details:

Proposal DEADLINE April 30, 2011 (or earlier)
Please submit all materials digitally. Include:
  • up to 5 jpeg images of proposed or representative work and/or a website URL
  • a brief description of your proposal, CV and a short artist bio 500w max.
  • Please indicate where you would like to show
Send submissions to:

Signed Contract due May 15, 2011

Exhibition Dates and Hours 7pm Oct 1, 2010 - 5am Oct 2, 2010

Exhibition Installation/Set Up Oct 2nd 8am – 5pm

Exhibition Strike Oct 2nd 12pm – 5pm

Fly-by-night is curated by Britt Welter-Nolan

Interested artists please apply by April 30 by contacting:
Britt Welter-Nolan at 416-531-4635 ext 7105 or

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

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