Nuit Blanche 2023 - Humber IP Call


Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s all-night contemporary art event, will take place on September 23, 2023, in neighbourhoods across the city, including major exhibition areas in Etobicoke, downtown and Scarborough. This year, the City of Toronto seeks to uncover and highlight artists whose ground-breaking practices challenge the status quo through media, form or content that transforms public spaces and inspires the public to see and experience Toronto in new and meaningful ways.  

As a major exhibition hub for Nuit Blanche Toronto, Humber College Lakeshore Campus in Etobicoke is now accepting Independent Project applications. These are self-produced projects that can be installed in traditional and non-traditional spaces, such as parks, window vitrines, courtyards, storefronts, office towers, parking lots, and laneways. Applicants from any artistic discipline are eligible, but proposals ought to have a strong visual component and be rooted in contemporary art practices. Proposals should also address and integrate Nuit Blanche Toronto’s 2023 curatorial theme Breaking Ground in their project and must be located on Humber College Lakeshore Campus. 

The 2023 curatorial theme Breaking Ground, speaks to ideas centred around the natural world as well as being on the vanguard of change and innovation. Defined as the preparation for building or planting, Breaking Ground invites artists to explore a multiplicity of themes, including but not limited to the implications of climate change, construction and development of the city’s urban landscape, the impacts on communities and our collective responsibilities around land and stewardship. 

The Independent Project program is open to all Humber College students, faculty, alumni, and staff, as well as Toronto-based professional artists, collectives, and arts organizations. All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of the Nuit Blanche Etobicoke Curator, City of Toronto staff, and Humber College staff.  


Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 27, 2023, at 11:59pm EST via email to melissa.poliah [at] 


Click here to review the Application Guidelines

Click here to download the Application Form



Information Session (past event):

Are you an emerging artist interested in applying to a professional art call for the first time? Do you want to strengthen your writing skills when drafting a proposal? Maybe you’re just interested in learning more about Nuit Blanche Toronto? Or you’re feeling a little intimidated by the whole process? 

Whatever the reason, if you have any questions about Humber College's Call for Nuit Blanche Independent Project Proposals, please tune in to our upcoming Information Session. Presented by Humber Galleries, this free online session will cover the application process and invite participants to ask any questions they may have regarding the Independent Project program and upcoming all-night event. 

Click here to watch the recording from this session