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Nuit Blanche\’s tremendous debut in Ottawa

1:23 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News

Nuit Blanche, tout le monde en parle. Everybody’s talking about Ottawa’s first long night of contemporary art on the streets, and what people are saying ranges from celebration to confession.

First, the confession: A prominent Ottawa artist who took part in Nuit Blanche on Saturday, despite having had doubts about whether the all-night festival would happen at all, sent me an email on Sunday morning. “I felt compelled to acknowledge that I had been rather negative about this,” wrote the artist, “and to joyfully admit that I was wrong.”

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa appoints curator, makes big steps towards Sept. 22 debut

2:08 pm in Industry News

Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen

Don’t expect Nuit Blanche Ottawa to be Nuit Blanche Toronto, says the newly appointed curator of the annual, one-night festival of contemporary art, to be held in the capital for the first time later this year.

“As a curator I’m not really interested in doing these sensational projects that cost a lot of money, that are really more show than content,” says Stefan St-Laurent, who has been appointed curator of Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012, to be held Sept. 22.

Nuit Blanche events in other cities, especially Toronto, are perhaps best known for large, richly funded works of art that make use of, for example, the CN Tower, or the space between the twin towers of Toronto’s city hall. The installations are usually commissioned with the hundreds of thousands of dollars given to the festival each year by the City of Toronto or the event’s major sponsor, Scotiabank.

“There will be some works that utilize spectacle as part of its message,” says St-Laurent, who left his job as curator of SAW Gallery last year to focus on freelance curating and creating his own art, “but in general I don’t think it’s very healthy for people to have that expectation of art, that it has to be spectacular, sensational, big, bright, expensive. I think it gives a very skewed view of what the visual arts are like today.”

Ottawa Nuit Blanche push gathers steam

2:16 pm in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen

The truest thing said at La Nouvelle Scène on Tuesday night was this: \”Ottawa deserves a Nuit Blanche.\”

And it does. Ottawa is all grown up now when it comes to visual arts, not as grown up as New York City or Paris or Florence, admittedly, but grown up nonetheless. It has a base of national institutions – the National Gallery, the Museum of Civilization, the War Museum and the National Portrait Gallery (ha! Just kidding, Stephen Harper, go back to your cutting).

Ottawa has a determined if ill-housed city art gallery, and – this perhaps most significant – it now has at least three clearly defined art districts, those clusters of smaller, private galleries that have popped up organically wherever the growing conditions are best, specifically the By-Ward Market, Hintonburg-Wellington-Westboro and Bank Street in Centretown.

Ottawa also has established, annual events that draw attention to visual arts of various types, most notably Festival X, the photography biennial. There are smaller events, such as Chinatown Remixed, the weekend of art installations in that neighbourhood, or the monthly First Thursdays gallery hop in West Wellington, or the formerly named Art in the Park in the Glebe (a neighbourhood that, despite its affluence and education, has seen all of its art galleries/shops close in the past two years).

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And a Nuit Blanche for Ottawa is born . . .

9:30 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen

The truest thing said at La Nouvelle Scene on Tuesday night was this: “Ottawa deserves a Nuit Blanche.”

And it does. Ottawa is all grown up now when it comes to visual arts, not as grown up as New York City or Paris or Florence, admittedly, but grown up nonetheless. It has a base of national institutions – the National Gallery, the Museum of Civilization, the War Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery (ha! Just kidding, Stephen Harper, go back to your cutting).

Ottawa has a determined if ill-housed city art gallery, and – this perhaps most significant – it now has at least three clearly defined art districts, those cluster of smaller, private galleries that have popped up organically wherever the growing conditions are best; the Byward Market, Wellington-Westboro, and Bank Street in Centretown.

Ottawa also has established, annual events that draw attention to visual arts of various types, most notably Festival X, the photography biennial. There are smaller events, such as Chinatown Remixed, the weekend of art installations in that neighbourhood, or the monthly “First Thursdays” gallery hop in Wellington West, or the formerly named Art in the Park in the Glebe (a neighbourhood that, despite all its affluence and education, has seen all of its art galleries/shops close in the past two years).

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: And a Nuit Blanche for Ottawa is born…

Nuit Blanche meeting set for Tuesday

2:48 pm in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

The Ottawa Citizen

The campaign to launch a Nuit Blanche in Ottawa is gathering steam again. There\’s a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at La Nouvelle Scène, 333 King Edward Ave., to discuss the launch of the onenight, city-wide festivals of contemporary art that are held in Toronto, Paris and many other cities. The meeting is organized by BRAVO-est, an arts group in Eastern Ontario. Material sent to people invited to the meeting says that Nuit Blanche will debut in Ottawa on Sept. 22, 2012. Organizers say Club SAW in Arts Court and the Gordon Harrison Gallery on Sussex Drive have already signed on.

Nuit Blanche finally coming to Ottawa?

9:52 am in Industry News, Ottawa News

The Ottawa Citizen

The campaign to launch a Nuit Blanche in Ottawa is gathering steam again.

There’s a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at La Nouvelle Scene on King Edward Street to discuss the launch of the one-night, city-wide festivals of contemporary art that are held in Toronto, Paris and many other cities around the world.

Another group – at least, I think it’s another group – held a similar meeting last winter to gauge interest in a Nuit Blanche Ottawa. This latest meeting is organized by BRAVO-est, an arts group on the Quebec side of the river. Material sent to people invited to the meeting says Nuit Blanche will debut in Ottawa on Sept. 22, 2012.

It’s not clear to me if the meeting is open to the public, as the invitation I’ve seen (sent to another person, who forwarded it to me) asks recipients to RSVP. It’s also not clear if the meeting will be bilingual or entirely in French.

Waiting to hear from the organizers and will update with more details asap.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Nuit Blanche finally coming to Ottawa?

Culture Days kicks off a cross-Canada arts celebration

10:38 am in Community News, Festival and Event Industry, Industry News

All that was needed for this weekend’s massive eruption of arts across Canada was a green light. And it’s called Culture Days.

The national open-house arts festival includes everything from putting yourself into famous movies (by way of green-screen technology) at Toronto’s Bell Lightbox to live-band karaoke at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. From improv workshops in Vancouver, even to caribou-hair tufting, a traditional native art form, in Flin Flon, Man.

More than 5,500 public art and cultural offerings, up from around 4,400 for Culture Days’ debut last year, will take place Friday to Sunday across the country. And all-night events, such as Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Winnipeg, will turn downtowns into street-level art parties.

So what exactly is this overarching Culture Days banner? “We felt that we needed to find a way of celebrating the role of the arts in society,” said Antoni Cimolino, general director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and chair of Culture Days’ national steering committee.

Read more on the The Globe and Mail website: Culture Days kicks off a cross-Canada arts celebration

Taking art to the streets: Ottawa needs Nuit Blanche, a splashy one-night outdoor festival staged around the world

2:58 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News

Peter Simpson from the Ottawa Citizen thinks Ottawa artists can present Nuit Blanche.

Last fall, Ottawa provided the most epic part of Toronto\’s Nuit Blanche, the one-night festival of outdoor art that is held annually in cities around the world.

Ryan Stec, an Ottawa artist, choreographed the intricate lighting system on the CN Tower, set it to original music and then arranged for a Toronto radio station to broadcast the soundtrack in sync with the light show. If you had a radio and a clear view of the tower, you could experience live art unveiled on a massive scale, all night long.

Stec\’s was one of dozens of temporary outdoor art installations set up around Toronto\’s core, some smaller and others grand. It set me to thinking, if Ottawa can come up with the most visible moment of Nuit Blanche in Toronto, why can\’t we do it in Ottawa?

Read the full article: Taking art to the streets

Here is a sample of Ryan\’s installation, \”Bright Lights, Big City\”.