Call for Proposals: Halifax Seaport Nocturne Anchor Zone 2012

Open Call for Proposals
The Port Curatorial Collective (PCC)
Halifax Seaport Anchor Zone, Nocturne: Art at Night 2012
Submission deadline: July 16, 2012, 5pm

Nocturne: Art at Night is an annual festival bringing art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6:00 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The completely free event, now in its fifth year, showcases and celebrates the exciting visual arts scene in Halifax. The Nocturne program, map, and walking tours guide residents and visitors alike to a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city. The signature event, designed and planned by volunteers within the community, is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax – in a whole new light.

The Port Curatorial Collective (PCC) is seeking proposals to activate the corridor on the water side of Marginal Road between the Seaport Farmer’s Market and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. In past years of Nocturne this site has been extremely popular and is now advertised as an anchor destination for Nocturne: Art at Night.

The surrounding and neighboring buildings include the Immigration Annex, Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, NSCAD Port Campus, the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Mary E. Black Gallery & Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Artists studios, Breakhouse Design, Sim Video, Halifax Port Terminal, the Garrison Brewery and have historical and modern architectural features and are within close proximity to the Halifax Waterfront. The Halifax Seaport is also known for the Halterm Container Terminal and the thousands of tourists coming off the cruise ships each summer.

An artist honorarium will be offered, determined by the PCC and based on the submitted artists/collectives project budget.

All media is welcome, including time-based work. It is recommended that artists visit the Halifax Seaport and different locations within the interior side of Marginal Road to get a general aptitude for the location and area, before submitting their proposal. Site tours can be arranged, please contact

In your submission proposal, please include:

–          a proposal detailing your project, the budget and your experience relevant to the projects realization (1 page max);

–          5 high quality project images, sketches or a max of 5 minutes of time-based work of the proposed project;

–          5 high quality images of previous work completed or a max of 5 minutes of  previously completed time-based media (CDR, DVD, slides, transparencies, photographs, digital images) relevant to your proposal;

–          a complete documentation list (title, media, date, dimensions) including annotation;

–          a CV (max 3-pages);

–          an artist statement (250 word max).

Please send your submission electronically to the Port Curatorial Collective c/o Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) to, by mail at 1113 Marginal Road Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, or in person at the VANS office, by July 16, 2012 at 5pm. Post marked submissions may not be reviewed

If the artist would like the submitted exhibition proposal returned, they must include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) with their submission.

Selected artists will be notified by email, within two weeks of the submission deadline. If your project is selected, you will be required to sign an artist agreement and provide a 100-word project description with a press image of the proposed project, for inclusion on the Nocturne website and published in the official Nocturne event map and Program Guide.

Installation & Dismantling
The artist or artists will be responsible for the installation ready for public presentation at 6pm on October 13. Dismantling of the project will occur at 12:01am October 14 or as negotiated by the artist(s), PCC and the Halifax Port Authority.

Members of the Port Curatorial Committee will promote their Nocturne programming at the Halifax Seaport. Port Curatorial projects at Nocturne will also be featured and published in the Nocturne: Art at Night program and website guides.

Photographs taken by the Port Curatorial Collective (PCC) are for documentation purposes. Any images of the exhibit or individual work may be used for later use in publications, promotional materials, and/or on the website.

For more information on past Port Curatorial Collective presentations, please visit:






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