Art at Night at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

October 13, 2011 – HALIFAX, NS –An evening of special events and exceptional exhibitions will take place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Saturday October 15 as part of Halifax’s Nocturne celebrations.

The Gallery will be open until midnight and is granting the public free access to its recently opened exhibitions, 2011 Sobey Art Award and Synaptic Connections: Art and the Brain. Artists in Residence, Melissa Marr and Heather Wilkinson will be on site working with visitors on their installation about the brain and creativity and gallery studios will also be open for some hands-on art activities.

This year, artists Scott Saunders and Kabul-based Ariel Nasr have been invited by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to install new work on its grounds as part of the HRM Anchor Project.

Bedford Row will house a dual projection titled You Wanna Play? that will bring the busy streets of Kabul to downtown Halifax. The sights and sounds of Kabul will be projected on two screens spanning the street, presenting a virtual wormhole to that city. Through the run of Nocturne, as Halifax’s sun sets and evening draws to a close, Kabul will come to life and see the sun rise. 6pm to midnight here will see 3am to 9am Kabul time. Visitors will be invited to experience interplay between Kabul and Halifax and explore the various roles art plays in these two societies.

In Ondaatje Court, a complementary work titled Channel 5 will be installed that will feature piles of television monitors of various size and shape with accompanying DVD players, sound and video. Anthropomorphic in nature, this sculpture will offer a counterpoint to the work featured on Bedford Row.

 “We’re very excited to be part of this fabulous night and to throw open the doors of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to celebrate Nocturne” said Ray Cronin Director & CEO of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “Scott Saunders & Ariel Nasr are well-known for their large scale, moving images and, on an evening devoted to access to art, these works are especially well placed” he added.

Visitors to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia can also enjoy a late night snack and art browsing as opening hours at the Gallery’s new café Untitled Eats and the Art Sales & Rental Gallery will also be extended until midnight.

This is the 4th year the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has participated in Nocturne. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is also pleased to announce that Nocturne co-founder Laura Carmichael recently re-joined the Gallery staff as Assistant Curator of Education.

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