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Nocturne art event gains momentum and support

27 Aug

Fusion With 28 galleries signed up to participate and a wide range of independent artists ready to install special projects throughout the city, Halifax will be the site of a spectacular array of art from 6:00 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, October 18. Thanks to support from the arts community, local businesses and the Halifax Regional Municipality, the first annual Nocturne: Art at Night is shaping up to be an exciting, free of charge, signature event.

Galleries on both sides of the harbour are opening their doors to allow free access to exciting and intriguing exhibitions, with many choosing to present work with a ‘Nocturnal theme’. These include: François Gaudet’s one-night projection installation Nuit Blanche at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery; Spotlight at Seeds Gallery featuring nighttime critters by recent alumni, David R. Harper and Heather Keeling; and experimental audio works by Canadian artists and musicians presented in the dark of Eyelevel Gallery.

Creative artists working in a variety of mediums have been invited to participate in special projects in various downtown locations including Granville Mall, Victoria Park, Nathan Green Square, Sackville Landing and the universities.
‘Nocturne is a unique, community driven project by artists and art gallery owners, the very kind of partnership we are proud to support.’ said Andrew Whittemore, Acting Manager of Community Relations and Cultural Affairs for HRM.

HRM’s contribution of two Metro Transit buses as a free shuttle service will allow attendees to experience as many exhibitions as possible throughout the evening. The buses will transport passengers between stops including the universities, Pier 21, Downtown, and the North End.
In addition, HRM has funded the installation of original local artwork on the interior panels of Metro Transit buses for the weeks leading up to Nocturne.

The full Nocturne: Art at Night program listing of all participants and venues, along with the bus route, will be available the week of October 18th.


The 28 Galleries that have confirmed their participation are: 1313 Hollis, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Argyle Fine Art, Art 1274 Hollis, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Craig Gallery, Creative Crossing, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Eyelevel Gallery, Fred, Gallery Page and Strange, Gallery Shop at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Hydrostone Gallery, The Khyber Institute of Contemporary Arts, Mary E. Black Gallery, Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Pedway Picture Gallery, Queen Street Studios, Saint Mary’s Art University Gallery, Secord Gallery, Seeds Gallery, Studio 21 Fine Art, Utility, Viewpoint Gallery, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and Zwicker’s Gallery.

Supporters include: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Coast, Halifax Regional Municipality, Fusion Halifax, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and East Coast Connected.
About Nocturne

Nocturne: Art at Night is a festival bringing art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6:00 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, October 18th. The completely free, first annual event showcases and celebrates the exciting arts scene in Halifax. The Nocturne program and bus will be a guide to a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city. The signature event, designed and planned by volunteers within the community, will be an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax – in a whole new light.To find out more about Nocturne check out the website