Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Call for submissions: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012

Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is now accepting submissions for their 7th annual event in 2012.

Toronto has been hosting the Nuit Blanche since 2006 and now attracts around 1 million people to the all-night free event.. This year there are over 130 art exhibitions, projects and events for everyone to check out.

As in previous years, the program will include a mix of City-produced Exhibition and Open Call projects, as well as Independent Projects.

There are two different ways artists and venues can participate in next year's event:  either as part of an Open Call Project or an Independent Project.  Those interested in submitting an application are encouraged to attend an information session hosted by the City of Toronto. It is an opportunity to, ask questions, share ideas and meet event organizers and other artists. The information session will take place Monday, November 21 at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, 2nd floor in Committee Room 2 starting at 7 pm.

Open Call projects are smaller scale works produced specifically for the event. They are selected by a curator in consultation with the City of Toronto to work within the theme of the curatorial vision. Funding and production support is provided. The Independent Projects are self-funded installations created by galleries, schools, neighbourhoods, community organizations or individual artists. Selected projects are chosen by the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Artistic Advisory Committee. The Independent Project submission process and criteria will be announced early in December.

The deadline for Open Call Projects is Monday December 19. For Independent Projects, is February 15, 2012.

The 7th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012.


Artists & Programming Partners - Call for Submissions

The magic of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will return to light up the city on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

If you have an idea for an art project, there are two different ways you can apply to participate: as an Open Call Project or an Independent Project. Details about both options are listed below.

Information Session
The City of Toronto will be hosting a Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Information Session at City Hall. Interested artists and venues are encouraged to attend; this is a great opportunity to learn more, ask questions, share ideas and meet other artists and Nuit Blanche organizers.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Committee Room 2
7 pm sharp

Open Call Projects

Each year the City of Toronto works with a group of curators to commission a series of installations ("Exhibition Projects") in each of three Exhibition Areas. In addition to 10 commissioned projects, each Exhibition Area includes five projects selected by the curators through an open call process.


The Open Call Submission Deadline is Monday December 19, 2011. All Documents and Files are due by this date.
  • Emailed Applications are due by midnight, Monday, December 19, 2011.
  • Hand Delivered Applications are due in the Office by 4 pm, Monday, December 19, 2011.
  • Mailed Applications are required to be postmarked on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the latest, and must be received by Monday, December 19, 2011.
Toronto Special Events
City Hall, 6th Floor, West Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Late or incomplete Applications will not be reviewed or accepted.


  1. There are two documents provided here. The first is Open Call Application Guidelines, the second is the Open Call Application Form. Please download both documents (both documents are in PDF format).

    IMPORTANT NOTE: There are new, critical updates to the 2012 Guidelines. Please ensure you read the Guidelines document before completing the Application.

    PDF Open Call Application Guidelines
    PDF Open Call Application Form
  2. Complete the Application Form electronically. If you're not able to access the form fields, please email ocs@toronto.carequesting assistance.
  3. In order for your project to be considered, you must fill out the relevant application form and adhere to all programming criteria and submission requirements.
  4. Email your application to Please send your email with the subject line: "Nuit Blanche 2012 |Artist/Company Name_ Title of Project."


  1. The application form can be completed electronically. Please fill in all fields and email it back with a strict maximum of 4 supplementary attachments. Please send only images (artist rendering), audio or video files as an attachment. (Applications with more than four attachments will not be accepted).
  2. You may only send the application form and the attached supplementary images/audio/video (up to the maximum amount).
  3. We can only accept one email submission per project. Your application and all attachments must be included in one email. Please ensure that you do not break your application up over several emails.
  4. Please note, there is a 10MB limit per email message. If your attachments are more than 10MB combined, the submission mailbox will not accept your email.
  5. If your application is submitted successfully, you will receive an automatic email response. If you do not receive this message, your application was not submitted successfully.
Frequently Asked Questions 2012
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Independent Projects

Toronto artists, museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and BIAs are invited to submit their plans to be an Independent Project. Selected projects are chosen by an autonomous advisory Committee. All projects must meet the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche criteria outlined in the Guidelines for Independent Projects.
The Independent Project Submission Criteria will be announced early in December.
The deadline for Independent Project Applications will be February 15, 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions 2012

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