Humber Lakeshore to host Nuit Blanche art installations

Sep 23, 2022 | Arts, Et Cetera, Headlines

Nuit Blanche is making its long anticipated return after being on a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nuit Blanche is a chance for residents to explore their community in new ways. These art displays allow us to enjoy and celebrate culture, diversity, and inclusiveness – all concepts Humber truly values,” said Kelly Jackson, vice president of External Affairs and Professional Learning, in a statement.

The all-night festival, which is a celebration of contemporary art, starts on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., and concludes 12 hours later, on Oct. 2 at 7 a.m.

Exhibitions will be in the same areas as years previous, in the downtown core and Scarborough. And for the first time ever, installation locations will now also be in Etobicoke and North York.

All installations and locations can be found on the City of Toronto’s website.

Art-goers can expect 17 installations at the lakeshore campus, seven selected by the City of Toronto, and 11 selected from Humber College’s submissions.

“I am proud that the city is supporting this event that will activate neighbourhoods including Etobicoke and North York to host exhibition areas for the first time. I encourage Toronto residents from across the city to take part in this free celebration of art,” Mayor John Tory said in a press release.

This year’s theme of Nuit Blanche is “The Space between us,” focusing on the connections to urban, polar and pacific landscapes.

Ultimately, the theme reveals the space between us as a place for sharing knowledge from community to community.

With the expansion of Humber Lakeshore’s Cultural Hub, it was “an actual fit for Humber to partner with Nuit Blanche,” said Melissa Poliah, Program Lead at Humber Galleries.

“The cultural hub completion is still a few years away, but you can definitely expect more exhibits like this to be planned once the hub is completed,” she said.

Poliah said visitors can expect installations that include video projections, dance, sculpture, printmaking, weaving, and film work, among others.