Newcomers to participate in two art exhibits at Nocturne

Art has the ability to bring people together. On Saturday night, October 13, thousands of people will gather in Halifax and Dartmouth to take part in the annual Nocturne: Art at Night festival.

Newcomers from across the Halifax Regional Municipality have spent the past three months working with local artists as a part of Welcome to this Place to create two art exhibits for Nocturne.

Welcome to this Place is a national art project, taking place in five cities across Canada: Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. The goal – to create a series of collaborative projects and events that promote urban parks and public spaces as places of arrival, where newcomers to Canada can find friendship, cultural and creative expression, connect to their new country and other Canadians. This project is coordinated by Mabelle Arts.


Welcome to This Place Gathering: Picnic Table Prints

Location: McFee Centre for Creative Learning, 50 Queen St, Dartmouth.

Picnic Table Prints is an outdoor, collaborative printmaking project that explores place and builds connections between newcomers and other community members. Participants have worked together to create large-scale relief woodcuts based upon their own unique experiences at Glen Garden, a community garden coordinated by ISANS in Clayton Park.  This project was by artist and educator, Charley Young, and presented as part of Welcome to This Place.

**As part of our interactive art exhibit, guests (you!), can print from our carved wood blocks on to paper.

Beading Treaty

Location: Treaty Space at NSCAD port campus, 1107 Marginal Road.

Beading Treaty is a community collaborative project – beading the individual words of the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1725. This project encouraged participants to engage in dialogue about the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, giving non-Indigenous participants space to contemplate their role in reconciliation and shared responsibility and Indigenous participants space to share their individual perspectives.

Be sure to check out these exhibits at Nocturne! Participants are proud of their work and will be at the McFee Centre in Dartmouth. Later in the evening, newcomer families will participate in guided tours to other Nocturne exhibits.

We hope to see you there!

We would like to thank the artists who gave their time and facilitated the art projects for this year’s Nocturne: