Nuit Blanche Winnipeg

Culture Days Manitoba / Nuit Blanche Winnipeg will award $10,000 towards one public art installation by Manitoba artists or artist collectives that reflects the Manitoba 150 themes of celebrating Manitoba’s past, present and future to be located outdoors on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Artists working in all artistic mediums are invited to submit projects which contemplate an exciting and engaging interpretation of the theme using public interaction, spectacle, and light/illumination. The selected piece must be robust enough to remain in place from December 14, 2019 through to early July 2020. Access to power will be provided, but no specific security will be provided for the artwork.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY

• You are an individual artist, an artists’ collective, a gallery, an artist run centre or an arts organization.
• You currently reside in Manitoba.
• You agree to install the public art installation.
• You agree to allow images of you and your work to be used by and publicized as part of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Culture Days Manitoba and Manitoba 150.

HOW TO SUBMIT

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• Carefully review all sections of the online submission form before beginning. The form is a combination of fields that must be filled in online and documents you will need to upload. See “Required Application Materials” below.
• Attach up to eight supporting image attachments (jpeg files, 1MB each max).
• Attach up to two audio/video links (5 min max).

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA & SELECTION

The Artistic Advisory Committee of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg will consider the following criteria and make recommendations for proposals to be selected for the Manitoba 150 project:
• Artistic merit of proposed piece.
• Potential to enhance the Manitoba 150 programming and public experience.
• Strength of supporting material and/or past projects.
• Feasibility of the project, given time-frame, location and budget restraints.
• The selected piece must be able to withstand winter conditions as it will be installed from mid-December 2019 through to early July 2020.
• Access to power will be provided, but no specific security will be provided for the artwork.
• A unique and engaging interpretation of the themes of Manitoba 150: celebrating Manitoba’s past, present and future. Projects that utilize audience interaction, light and/or illumination are preferred.

BUDGET

The selected piece will receive a budget of $10,000. Detailed budget must be included in the application and should include all costs for the project including fees for any artists involved. Any costs over and above the budget are the responsibility of the artist/collective. Applicants requiring additional funds should demonstrate how they can carry out the project as proposed if such funds are not realized. Half ($5,000) will be paid once project is chosen and the contract is signed. The other half will be paid after the project is installed. This call is made possible thanks to Manitoba 150.

LOCATION

The Manitoba 150 public art installation will be featured outdoors at the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building at 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

In addition to answering all questions required in the online submission form, a complete submission includes the following attachments:
• Project Description (Attach as Word/PDF file; 500 words max)
• Installation Details (Attach as Word/PDF file; 500 words max)
• Artist Bio (Attach as Word/PDF file; 1 page max)
• CVs for all artists (Attach as Word/PDF file; 3 pages TOTAL)
• Project Budget (Attach as Word/PDF file; 1 page max)
• Support Materials (Attach up to 8 digital images & 2 audio/video links: see online submission form for details)
• By submitting an application, you agree that you have read and agree to all guidelines.
• Selected artist/teams information including bios, images, and event details may be included in Manitoba 150 and Culture Days Manitoba/Nuit Blanche Winnipeg promotional materials and distributed to media. Artists are expected to participate in press events and/or interviews.

NOTIFICATION

Submission deadline: November 4, 2019. You will be notified by email no later than November 8, 2019 if your project has been chosen. For more information or any questions, contact melissa.courcelles@culturedays.ca.

Culture Days Manitoba/Nuit Blanche Winnipeg values diversity and encourages artists who self-identify as members of the following groups to apply: women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.


Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, meaning “a sleepless night,” is a free evening exploration and celebration of contemporary art that takes place every Saturday of the Culture Days weekend from dusk to dawn, on Saturday, September 28. This is the 10th anniversary of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg! All of the events and exhibits are spread across St. Boniface, Downtown, The Forks, the Exchange District, the West End and the North End. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is produced by Culture Days Manitoba and the Winnipeg Arts Council.