Call for Applications - Nuit Rose 2019

NUIT ROSE is now accepting submissions from OCADU emerging artists, performers, writers, curators, and collectives interested in presenting work and projects for NUIT ROSE EMERGING ARTIST SECTION at the sixth edition of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019. 

Call for Applications - Nuit Rose 2019

Call for Applications - Nuit Rose 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:30am to Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:00am


NUIT ROSE is now accepting submissions from OCADU emerging artists, performers, writers, curators, and collectives interested in presenting work and projects for NUIT ROSE EMERGING ARTIST SECTION at the sixth edition of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019. 

The theme for NUIT ROSE 2019 is Arcade. Artists are invited to creatively interpret, explore, and respond to this theme in their proposed projects. 

Examples could include:

  • Projects that utilize multi-media or adopt multi-disciplinary approaches
  • Projects that deploy relational strategies to engage communities and/or the general public
  • Projects that explore techniques, technologies, networks & systems
  • Projects that incorporate play, challenge and risk to convey meanings

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

DEADLINE: Friday, March 8, 2019. 


  • Must be OCADU students graduating in 2019 or recent graduates graduated in 2018. 


Applicants will be asked to apply within one of the 6 categories below, choosing the term which most closely describes the medium of their work and interest.

Please choose one of these categories in the application:

  • Sculpture and Installation
  • New Media
  • 2-Dimensional
  • Performance
  • Film
  • Other


  • Proposals must be submitted through Nuit Rose Application Portal accessible here
  • Please clearely identify yourself as a “Career Launcher candidate” in the body of your application. 

For more information, visit our website


Venue & Address: 
Nuit Rose
416-977-6000 x 361

Between Venus & Mars - Group Exhibition

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 9:00pm

Nuit Rose is proud to run a group exhibition at Ignite Gallery in Kensington Market through to July 16st.  You can find works on the theme Between Venus & Mars from these fabulous artists:

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery 165 Augusta Ave.
Mosaic depicting two faces.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Nuit Rose 2017

Nuit Rose Call for Expressions
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 2:00pm to Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:00pm

Artists, Performers, Curators, Cultural Organizations and Community Businesses

NUIT ROSE is a free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance. It showcases provocative, cutting edge work by diverse local and international artists, and engages LGBTQ communities, art lovers, residents and visitors to Toronto in unique experiences with art across the city. Nuit Rose returns for its third year on SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017.

Nuit Rose is organized by the Throbbing Rose Collective, a grassroots group of volunteer artists, curators, art producers, culture workers, and enthusiasts in Toronto.

We are currently accepting submissions from artists, performers, writers, curators, cultural organizations and community businesses interested in presenting indoor and/or outdoor projects for Nuit Rose 2017.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Friday, February 10, 2017.


For Nuit Rose 2017, we are asking artists to respond to the question: “What lies between Venus & Mars?” Creative interpretations of the theme are encouraged for submitted projects. These could include:

  • Art and performance related to the cosmos or the movement of celestial bodies (e.g. the planets, the night sky, the earth and the environment).
  • Projects related to identification and/or location (GPS, geographic, gender-related or generational)
  • Projects related to mythological meanings, or other creative interpretations of the theme: “What lies between Venus & Mars?”


Applicants may submit work in any medium, including, but not limited to: two dimensional works, sculpture, installation, screen-based works and new media, performance, and multi-media. The festival takes place in both indoor and outdoor spaces, and projects can be accommodated accordingly. Site-specific works and installations are particularly encouraged.

A jury of local art specialists will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for the final selection of works to be included in the festival. The selected feature artists will receive fees based upon current Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) rates, in addition to exhibition and/or performance space in key venues. Those selected to present as independent artists are eligible for exhibition assistance and promotional support. The jury may also use its discretion to award commissions to specific projects. Organizations are welcome to apply with their own projects for inclusion, and will receive promotional support.

The Throbbing Rose Collective will accommodate as many projects as possible, within available resources.

Nuit Rose offers a safe and open space for artists to showcase their work. Toronto is home to vast and diverse LGBTQ communities, and we strongly encourage artists and organizations to apply who reflect diversity in culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, and ability.


The festival will take place in two Toronto neighbourhoods: West Queen West and the Church-Wellesley Village. Both of these neighbourhoods have rich queer-activist, visual art, and cultural history.

East Zone: Church-Wellesley Village
The Church-Wellesley Village is one of the most vibrant, colourful and unique neighbourhoods in Canada. It is the main site of Toronto’s Pride Festival, which is the city’s largest cultural festival and Canada’s largest LGBTQ event. The neighbourhood is the traditional home of Toronto’s LGBTQ community, with such notable organizations as The 519 Community Centre, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives and the Glad Day Book Shop. On the night of Nuit Rose, a large section of Church Street will be closed to traffic, and Nuit Rose will occur in conjunction with a vibrant street festival taking place as a kick-off to Pride Week.

West Zone: Queen Street West
West Queen West is the largest hub for visual art in Canada, and is known to foster new and emerging talent and ideas. It is the home of the historic Gladstone Hotel, Artscape Youngplace and many important nationally and internationally recognized art galleries. It is also a gathering point for some of Toronto’s most innovative thinkers and creative art makers.

Confirmed community partners for Nuit Rose 2017 include: Artscape Youngplace, The 519 Church Street Community Centre, The Gladstone Hotel, the City of Toronto, and the The Church-Wellesley Village BIA.

Locations and venues in other areas of Toronto may also be considered.


Submissions are to be made by email. Please send the following information:

  • One Page Proposal. Please describe your project in a short document (text formats .doc or .pdf). Please include your zone preference, indicate if you have a venue or location available, or provide three suggested locations ideally suited for your project. Please indicate titles and dimensions of pieces (if applicable).
  • Artist Statement outlining interest in the project, relevant experience and general artistic approach (in text formats .doc or .pdf).
  • CV for artists, teams and curators (in text formats .doc or .pdf).
  • Images of work: a maximum of five (5) images in .jpg or .pdf formats. Please ensure each image file name includes your name and title of the work. Please include a list of the included images in your one page proposal, indicating the dimensions (if applicable) and proposed location. For video submissions, please provide a link where your video can be viewed online, or send as a .mov or .avi file.

Please send all materials in one email with the subject line: “NUIT ROSE Expression of Interest”.
Total size of email cannot exceed 10MB. Please do not send zipped folders.

Send to:


The Throbbing Rose Collective is an open community collective. If you would like to join the collective or volunteer at the events, please click here.

Venue & Address: 
West Queen West and the Church-Wellesley Village
Nuit Rose Call for Expressions