Art Night is a biannual contemporary art festival presenting ambitious work by artists at pivotal moments in their career. Developing within towns, villages and cities across the country, Art Night takes place in public spaces and civic buildings. The festival is free and everyone is welcome. We are rooted in the communities we work within and work in partnership with local organisations to both enrich existing work and bring meaningful new experiences to a wide range of audiences.

Our new model, as a national and biannual festival, takes place in towns, villages and cities in the UK. We champion the possibilities of decentralisation, working within communities to write their own narratives. We partner with local organisations to ensure our programme is rooted in place and we present critically excellent and experimental work by artists.

Art Night is an intersectional organisation: we are committed to diversity in all areas of our work including who runs the organisation, our artists, board, stakeholders and communities. We are particularly focussed on accessibility and work hard to ensure Disability is considered across all elements of the festival.


Since 2016, Art Night has commissioned 60 new artworks and attracted 300,000 live audiences, with an additional 3 million through touring, museum acquisitions and longer display. 10,000 participants have actively taken part in Art Night projects; these include estate residents, amateur dancers, choirs, young people from 30 different schools. We raised £3 million to invest in artists and the local economy through 150 funders and co-commissioning partners. Our commissioned work has toured nationally and internationally, across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada. In 2021, Art Night expanded its reach to pilot a national festival, presenting work in 13 towns and cities across all 4 UK countries alongside an online programme.

Have look at our previous editions here.


Art Night has been registered as a charitable company under the name ArtCity Nights since 2015 (charity number 1164449; company number: 09666463). It is governed by a Memorandum of Association and its main purpose is ‘the advancement of education of the public in the arts in particular by the establishment and operation of Art Night’. ArtCity Nights has a wholly owned trading subsidiary, ArtCity Nights Enterprises Limited (company number: 9717145) which is VAT registered (VAT registration number: 228121241) We operate as a small core team. In the run up to each festival we appoint local staff in each festival location.  The charity is governed by a Board of Trustees.


Shahidha Bari

Eoin Dara

Elizabeth Davies

Amrita Dhallu (currently being registered)

Aida Esposito

Amal Khalaf (Interim Chair)

Nicolas Smirnoff

Emma Talbot

Ksenia Zemtsova (Co-Founder)


Philippine Nguyen, Co-Founder, Executive Director

Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director

Kalliopi Tsipni Kolaza, Curator

Art Night is a registered charity no 1164449. Please support us by clicking DONATE above.


Nicola Jeffs
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2021 TEAM

Ksenia Zemtsova,
Director & Co-Founder

Philippine Nguyen,
Director & Co-Founder

Helen Nisbet,
Artistic Director

Louise Hobson,
Associate Curator

Kelly Tsipni Kolaza,
Associate Curator

Shona Cameron,
Creative Producer

Cathy Buckmaster,
Head of Design

Megan McCann,
Head of Communications

Mollie Barnes
Social Media Manager

Steve Wald,
Technical Director

Andy Downie,
Technical Director

A dancer in a mask dances in front of a blue projection as part of Art Night 2019
People in costume on stage as part of Art Night 2016
Four people dance in formation as part of Art Night 2019
Two Girls sat on a bed with VR Head sets on
A large crcular mirror reflects what resembles greek ruins in a pink room
A blue caravan is suspended high in the air with a skyscraper in the background
4 women dance wit hula hoops on a housing estate in South London


Dilyara Allakhverdova

Nicola Blake

Bertrand Coste, The Search Foundation

Roland Cowan

Shea Goli

Gavin & Simone Kelly

Sigrid Kirk

Vish Kumar

Elizaveta Meshkvicheva

Meeri Moilanen and Nikita Tsukanov

Alison Myners

Valeria Napoleone

Dominic Palfreyman

Veronique Parke

Anastasia Reznikovich

Denis Shafranik

Natasha Tsukanova


Susan and Dominic Hosking

Huma Kabakci

Jona Lueddeckens

Lisa Panting

Simon Price

Morten Schlosser

Luise van Holk

Katy Wickremesinghe

Lang Xiao

Alma Zevi