The Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019 curators and event theme have been announced! Open Calls due Feb 4.

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019 will feature two City-produced exhibitions led by curators Ashley McKenzie-Barnes with “Queens and Kings of Scarborough” and Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta with “Creation: Destruction”. 2019 curators and artists will reflect on the event-wide theme of “Continuum”. In a world that feels increasingly polarized, the theme of “Continuum” responds to the interconnected and often contradictory paradoxes of life in the changing city.


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 and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. This free, all-night celebration of contemporary art attracts more than one million local and out of town visitors to a diverse program of curated exhibitions, commissioned installations, special projects and talks.


Calling all artists, collectives, and arts organizations: The City of Toronto is now accepting submissions to the Open Call and Independent Projects Programs for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. Applications and application guidelines for the Open Call and Independent Projects Programs are now available at

Open Call Project Program

Each year, the City of Toronto works with curators to commission new works as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto. Curators will select up to four projects through the open call process in response to the curatorial vision of their exhibitions, which will be funded and produced by the City of Toronto. Artists based in Toronto, Canada or internationally, at any stage of their career, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The online application is available now. Submissions are due by Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Learn about this year’s exhibit locations, the new funding available for Independent Projects and 2019 application requirements at:


Information Sessions

Information sessions are run by City of Toronto staff and TAC grant officers in order to provide an overview and details of each program. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. It is recommended that prospective applicants attend one of the information session before finalizing their proposals. Location details for each information session are available at

Tuesday, January 15 – Downtown Info Session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 17 – Scarborough Info Session, 2 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22 – Scarborough Info Session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 24 – Downtown Info Session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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