On Saturday, October 1, audiences experienced more than 170 projects from 150 artists at the 16th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto, the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto and led by Nuit Blanche Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam, in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. More than 35 projects will remain on display as part of the Nuit Blanche Toronto Extended Projects program, the event’s largest extended program to date.
All four exhibition areas – Etobicoke, North York, downtown and Scarborough – will feature extended projects. Highlights include:
- Avataq – Waterfront by Couzyn van Heuvelen (sponsored by Oxford Properties Group)
- Daughters of the diaspora by Destinie Adelakun (sponsored by Oxford Properties Group)
- iskocēs: okihcitāw-iskwēw-kamik ohci (sparks/embers for the leading-woman-lodge) by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
- A Scholar’s rock cut in half to reveal an outline of Lake Ontario by Ken Lum (sponsored by Concord Adex)
- Mana Moana by Michael Bridgman and Rachael Rakena (sponsored by the Waterfront BIA)
- Namahisvárri by Carola Grahn
- Saputiit – Fish Weir Skate Plaza by Mark Igloliorte
- Tailings Pool by Tsēmā (sponsored by Scarborough Town Centre)
- Untying Space_Yonge 8 Adelaide by Sun K. Kwak (sponsored by Deloitte)
- Wagari: Dabiyil, Biram – Vessel: water and sky by Artists: Sonja Carmichael, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Freja Carmichael (sponsored by Humber College)
- Why so many ties? by Ludovic Boney (sponsored by Scarborough Town Centre)
- கோலம் (Kolam): A Parallel Coexistence by Whyishnave Suthagar (sponsored by Scarborough Town Centre)
City-produced projects and those presented by some of Toronto’s leading arts institutions and event partners include 11 public art projects available for extended viewing in the area of Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Park and Concord Park Place in North York, as well as a selection of projects and exhibits at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Toronto History Museums, The Bentway, Exhibition Place, Arctic Arts Summit & Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Onsite Gallery at OCAD University and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Many of the extended projects will be on display until Monday, October 10. The full list of extended projects, information on the projects, their locations, individual end dates and schedules of when they can be experienced are available on the Nuit Blanche Toronto webpage.
Nuit Connects artist talk
(sponsored by University of Toronto Scarborough and the Doris McCarthy Gallery)
Today, the Nuit Blanche + RUTAS Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations will feature an engaging artist talk and an opportunity to view the work with Nuit Blanche Connects artist Whyishnave Suthagar on Monday, October 3 at 4 p.m. at the Scarborough Town Centre.
Registration is free and can be booked on Eventbrite .
Nuit Connects is a relationship-building, mentorship and knowledge-sharing program, in partnership with Doris McCarthy Gallery, which was inspired by the impassioned commitment to community and mentorship of Scarborough participants from the inaugural Nuit Blanche in Scarborough in 2018. The program annually supports a Scarborough-based artist through a 10-month residency program. Whyishnave Suthagar is this year’s residency recipient.
Nuit Blanche virtual and augmented reality projects are still available from anywhere with an internet connection. All 22 virtual projects are available for viewing here.
Episodes of the Nuit Blanche podcast series Belonging to Place, season two, are now available. Featuring conversations with artists, elders, arts leaders and scholars from around the globe, the 10-part series explores the stories and connections between cultures, communities and the environment to transform the future of public art. Nuit Podcasts are available here.
Nuit Blanche Toronto has fostered cultural engagement for 16 years, making contemporary art accessible to a large and diverse audience. Official attendance and economic impact figures for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2022 will be released in November.
Nuit Blanche 2022 was the most expansive event to date, with exhibition areas across the city. High-resolution images of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2022 are available on Flickr.
Plans are underway for the 17th edition of the event.
About Nuit Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,600 art installations by approximately 5,800 artists and has generated over $443 million in economic impact for Toronto.