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Art Night Marathon 

Thursday 15 July, 8pm 

This year, to celebrate our online programme, we’re screening all broadcast works across one evening on Thursday 15th July. We hope you’ll join us through the night — with drinks and dinner; on a laptop in bed or with friends in a dark room with the volume up high; in Skye, Swansea, London, Kampala, or wherever you may be.

The 2021 festival is titled Nothing Compares 2U after the song written by Prince and most famously performed by Sinead O’ Connor. The title acts as a frame for the festival, it pulls at a thread of defiance and both personal and collective self-determination which runs throughout the programme.

The broadcast begins with a body crashing through a bus shelter window and ends with the hypnotic syntax of the tala rhythmic system.

The marathon is broadcast in partnership with Somerset House and will be hosted on our homepage and also on the websites of our partners – Art Review, ATLAS Arts, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library, Grand Union, Near Now, New Hall Art Collection, Peak, Wysing Arts Centre, The Tetley and 180 Studios. All films are open/closed captioned with thanks to the artists, Collective Text and Sara Morrison with support from Wysing Arts Centre and the Art Night team.

Art Night would like to thank all the artists, project partners and co-commissioners on our 2021 programme — ATLAS Arts, CCA Derry, Compton Verney, FACT, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Iniva, g39, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Goethe-Institut, Grand Union, Near Now, New Hall Art Collection, Peak, Somerset House, The Tetley, Towner, Two Temple Place, Wysing Arts Centre and 180 Studios.

Running Order:

Mark Leckey
Adham Faramawy, The heart wants what the heart wants
Philomène Pirecki, The Scrying Eye 
Oona Doherty, Hunter Filmed  


Isabel Lewis, What can we learn about love from lichen? 
Sonya Dyer, HFO: Andromeda
Alberta Whittle, HOLDING THE LINE: a refrain in two parts
Imran Perretta & Paul Purgas

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