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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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NUIT ROSE is now accepting submissions from artists, performers, writers, curators, cultural organizations, and community businesses interested in presenting work and projects for the fifth edition of the festival, which will take place on SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018.

The DEADLINE for submissions is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018.

Submit your proposal using our ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FORM.


The theme for Nuit Rose 2018 is Unbound. Artists are invited to creatively interpret, explore, and respond to this theme in their proposed projects. Examples could include:

Projects that explore ways in which art can challenge existing conventions, norms, classifications, confines, and limitations
Projects that celebrate freedom from limiting forces, including physical borders or oppressive systems
Projects that show us ways to overcome boundaries and barriers
Projects with expansive vision, or that incorporate concepts of infinity or oneness

Applicants may submit work in any medium; two dimensional works, sculpture, installation, screen-based works, new media, performance, multi-media and site-specific works. Works and projects intended for either indoor or outdoor presentation are welcome.

We strongly encourage artists and organizations to apply who reflect diversity  and intersectionality in sexuality, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, ability, and other dimensions of diversity.


Nuit Rose will take place in various Toronto venues and neighbourhoods, including in the Church-Wellesley Village and West Queen West. The festival’s curators will allocate selected works in our key partner venues. Applicants who have their own venue or location to present their project are also strongly encouraged to apply, and may be included in the festival as a Partner Project.


A jury of artists and curators will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for selection of works to be included in the festival. The jury will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

Artistic merit
Project viability and feasibility
Capacity for the work to engage communities
Capacity for the work to be interactive or relational
Representation of diversity and intersectionality (sexuality, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, ability, and other dimensions of diversity)
Representation of queer, 2-spirited or trans culture, history, theory or perspective
Representation of local and/or global social and cultural issues (including critical issues in art-making)
Alignment with the Nuit Rose 2018 theme: Unbound
Projects may be selected as Featured Projects, Independent Projects, or Partner Projects. Featured Projects will receive remuneration based on current Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) rates, in addition to receiving exhibition or performance space in key venues. Those invited to participate as Independent Projects will be eligible for exhibition space and promotional support only. Partner Projects are those organized and presented independently (e.g. a curated exhibition by a gallery) and will receive promotional support as part of the festival. Nuit Rose strives to award feature project status to as many projects as possible, dependent on available funding resources. The jury may also use its discretion to award commissions to specific projects. The Nuit Rose Festival reserves the right to limit the total number of works accepted (per proposal).

Applicants will be notified of selection results by April 30, 2018.



The submissions form will require you to provide the following information – you may wish to prepare your responses in advance to paste them into the form:

Contact Information
Project Title (if applicable)
Artistic discipline/medium
Artwork/Project Description (max 300 words)
Please describe your work or project in practical terms. How would it be presented? How would it be experienced by attendees at Nuit Rose? Where applicable, indicate dimensions, number of works, performers, duration, materials, audience interaction, etc. (For example, are you submitting a single work, a series, or proposing an independently curated exhibition at your own gallery? Is your project a durational performance, or an immersive installation, or both? Would your project work best indoors or outdoors? Does it require a particular type of venue?)
Artist Statement (max 300 words)
Please describe the vision, intent, or statement behind your work or project. This is also where you can describe how your work is well suited for Nuit Rose and our 2018 theme, Unbound.
Technical Requirements (max 300 words)
Please describe any special technical requirements to present your project, and indicate any aspects that might require logistical support from Nuit Rose. (For example, does your project require any special permits? Does it involve any special instruments or equipment – past projects have included such things as a grand piano and a trapeze rig, supplied by the artists. Is travel required in order to present the project in Toronto? Please note that Nuit Rose provides remuneration to featured projects at standard CARFAC rates, but is not able to cover travel, shipping, or other additional
costs associated with presenting a project. Logistical support will be provided for selected projects to the degree possible.)
Please provide a short artist biography or description of your organization where applicable (max 300 words). Alternatively, you may upload a PDF document of your curriculum vitae.
Images or Video Files
Upload up to 5 images or video files depicting the work you are submitting, or that will give the jury a sense of your proposed project. Image files should be in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format and less than 2MB in size. Video files should be in .mpeg, mp4, or .mov format, less than 2MB each in
size, and less than 5 minutes in total combined duration. Alternatively you may send links to videos available online.
For each file, provide a description indicating title, dimensions, medium, year of production, if applicable. Or describe what the file depicts for performance works, or if providing reference works. Indicate if images show work in progress, if applicable.
IMPORTANT: Ensure you use the following filename format for uploaded images: LastName_FirstName_Title OR Organization_Title
Please note that for security reasons, the online application form requires you to have a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one here. Alternatively, you may download and complete a Word document version of the form and email it to us with your image files at submissions@nuitrose.ca.

Questions can be sent to hello@nuitrose.ca


Nuit Rose is a free annual festival of queer art and performance, showcasing provocative, contemporary work by local and international artists. Over the past four years, Nuit Rose has showcased over 250 projects, and has become an important platform for queer voices across artistic disciplines. Nuit Rose is a catalyst for community engagement, giving audiences opportunities to experience unique, transformational encounters with queer art across the city of Toronto.

Nuit Rose will mark its fifth anniversary in 2018, returning in epic fashion on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

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