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Night Vision

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Night Vision
  • Free


Thu 1 Oct, 5-9pm


A one-night extravaganza that encourages art lovers and newbies to engage in arts and experience their city with a different lens.

Nelson CBD will come alive after hours as galleries open late and artists take over the city! A diverse range of art, music, and theatrical events will unfold on and off the streets, in places and spaces you may not even know existed.

Night Vision

is a free whānau-friendly event that is new to Nelson Arts Festival in 2020. It is inspired by the international phenomenon White Night (Nuit Blanc), where the city comes to life with art exhibitions, performances, interactive events, installations, and artists-in-residence, all happening in one energetic and transformative night! Look out for the Night Vision logo in the windows of participating venues and chalked on to the sidewalks, grab a map, and explore! 

Street performances 

The Mass Dance Performance ‘Us’, led by Chloe Loftus and with more than 60 participants, and InsideOut Physical Theatre will wind their way past city galleries between 6pm and 8pm. Look out for even more performers on the streets near galleries too! 

Night Vision Tours

InsideOut’s cast of colourful, dynamic characters will accompany crowds between Night Vision venues. Larger than life and full of funky moves, this quirky cast will lead informal tours of galleries and the performance spaces, leaving from Quiet Dog Gallery in Buxton Square at 5.30pm and again from the new Refinery ArtSpace in Hardy St at 7.30pm. Join in and branch off as you please.



Participating Galleries

NMIT G-Space Gallery –  61/65 Nile Street
Mockingbird Studio –  6 Nile Street West
Atelier Studio/Gallery – 1/329 Trafalgar Square
Flamedaisy Glass –  324 Trafalgar Square, West
Nelson Provincial Museum –  Cnr Trafalgar Street and Hardy Street
Craig Potton Gallery & Store –  255 Hardy Street
Origin on Hardy –  123 Hardy Street
The Suter Gallery Te Aratoi ō Whakatū –  208 Bridge Street
Wall to Wall –  112 Bridge Street
Red Art Gallery –  1 Bridge Street
Quiet Dog Gallery –  33 Wakatu Lane
Community Artworks –  81 Achilles Avenue
Parker Gallery –  90 Achilles Avenue
Nelson City Framers –  42 Halifax Street
The Refinery Artspace –  114, Hardy Street
18A –  18A Vanguard Street
Viewfinder Window – 279 Trafalgar Street
Mike Ward Gallery/Studio – 3 Morrison Street


Night Vision will be going ahead even if it rains! Bring an umbrella and look out for performances taking place under shop verandas!


Nelson, 7010 New Zealand + Google Map

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