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Curator - Nuit Blanche Saskatoon

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, Saskatoon
Deadline: August 26, 2019


August 26, 2019

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is an annual, night-time festival that brings art to public spaces providing a free, all-ages, and accessible venue to experience contemporary art. The festival celebrates our local arts and culture with Saskatchewan artists serving as the festival’s feature contributors. To complement these local artists, the festival curates key visiting artists who offer new artistic practices and approaches, continuing to build and strengthen Saskatchewan’s artistic community.

We invite qualified Curators specializing in art installations and festivals to submit their application to develop the artistic program for our 2020 festival, which will take place Saturday, September 26th from 7pm to 1am.

**Please note – while the contract signed with our successful Curator will be on a one-year term, we hope this can be renewed for 2021 and 2022 to allow the successful candidate the space and opportunity to see their artistic vision carried out over the course of three years, and to provide stability moving forward; this will both allow our 2020 Curator to learn from our current Curator and to mentor the Curator hired at the end of their term.


In consultation with Nuit Blanche Saskatoon’s Board of Directors, the Curator will develop the artistic program for our 2020 festival including:

* Setting the artistic vision and preparing our Open Call;
* Reviewing submissions and selecting projects in collaboration with our Programming Committee;
* Employing a collaborative approach to the festival, continuing to build and foster Nuit Blanche Saskatoon’s relationships with the City of Saskatoon, Business Improvement Districts, University of Saskatchewan, community organizations, and general public
* Working with artists, community organizations, and members of the general public to develop projects outside our Open Call
* Working with classes at the University of Saskatchewan to develop projects for Nuit Blanche Eve at the U of S
* Providing curatorial and administrative support to our artists throughout the project development process
* Working with our logistical team to decide on project locations and working with our artists to realize their projects within these constraints
* In collaboration with each our artists, providing written copy and project statements to the specifications of our Communications Committee
* Being available to media for interviews (by email, phone, and on-camera)
* Supporting fund development by providing copy for sponsorship requests and for the artistic vision portion of grants


August 8: Call for Applications is released
August 26: Call for Applications closes
Aug 28 to 30: Interviews
September 3: Curator hired
Sept to Oct: 2020 Curator shadows our current Curator leading up to our festival and during writing of follow-up reports and meetings with funders after
Nov to Dec: Festival break

January: Preparation of Open Call; speak with University of Saskatchewan arts classes regarding Nuit Blanche and encouraging their submissions for Nuit Blanche Eve
March: Open Call ends; selection of projects with our Programming Committee
April to May: Development of projects; meetings with City of Saskatoon, BIDs, University of Saskatchewan, community organizations, and other key stakeholders
May: Selection of project locations with our logistics team
June 1: Project descriptions prepared for all festival projects, to the specifications of our Communications Committee
June to Aug: Continued project development and support
Sept 1: Press release prepared
September: Meetings with artists, businesses, and others; availability for interview
Sept 26: Nuit Blanche Eve at the University of Saskatchewan
Sept 27: Nuit Blanche Saskatoon - main festival
October: Writing of artistic sections for follow-up reports; renew contract for 2021


Applications should be emailed to and should include:

One-page cover letter outlining your qualifications and experience, as well as providing your vision for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon’s 2020 festival


Up to 10 Images of past curatorial or artistic works (optional)

The names, phone numbers, and emails for two References

Please direct any questions to

CURATOR FEE: $8,000.00 CAD

CURATOR TERM: January 6 to October 30, 2020, with the opportunity to shadow our current Curator September and October, 2019

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.