ART NIGHT 2O19
ABOUT ART NIGHT 2019
Curated by: Helen Nisbet
In collaboration with: London Borough of Culture Waltham Forest
Art Night 2019 was curated by Helen Nisbet and took place in Walthamstow and King’s Cross on 22 June. The programme took place in partnership with the first ever London Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest and was based in and around Walthamstow’s busy market area.
Curated by Helen Nisbet with Associate Curators Amy Budd and Laura McFarlane. The Curated Programme took inspiration from the pop group East 17’s 1993 song It’s Alright.
“Don’t you worry, cos it’s alright, don’t you worry, child of the night”
Consisting of 12 major new commissions, the Curated Programme was conceived in response to the physical context of Walthamstow and its most cared for and used spaces including the local working person’s club (the Trades Hall), the library, Sainsbury’s car park, the mall, the cinema, museum and of course the market itself. The programme paid particular attention to the communities who use these spaces working with Trades Hall members, local primary schools and Sixth Form Colleges. Artists were invited to consider how we might care for and support each other amidst times of political and cultural uncertainty.
A major new work at King’s Cross by artist Christine Sun Kim completed the commissions for 2019. Sun Kim worked with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to make a three-site work on the importance of sign language.
ART NIGHT OPEN
Presented alongside the Curated Programme Art Night Open programme, organised by Zarina Rossheart was an open call opportunity jury, alongside new Art Night Open Partner Projects shortlisted by the festival.
ARTISTS AND VENUES
Cory Arcangel & Hampus Lindwall
St Mary’s Church
Waltham Forest Community Hub
Christine Sun Kim
Coal Drops Yard & Cubitt Square & COS & Regent’s Canal
Walthamstow Town Square
Sainsbury’s Rooftop Car Park & The Mall Walthamstow Underground Car Park
Walthamstow Trades Hall
Hannah Quinlan &
Walthamstow Market & Walthamstow Town Square
William Morris Gallery & Mirth Marvel and Maud
Mirth Marvel and Maud
The Mall Walthamstow
ART NIGHT 2O18
ABOUT ART NIGHT 2018
Curated by: Ralph Rugoff
In Collaboration with: Hayward Gallery
In 2018, Art Night headed south of the river for the first time. The 2018 trail took over the Thames riverbank between the South Bank and Battersea Power Station, via Vauxhall and Nine Elms, taking place in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues. The Curated Programme included projects by 12 internationally renowned artists to coincide with the Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary.
Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff and the curatorial team took their cue from the immediate context of the local area. The programme asked questions about the emotional and political associations of ‘home’, including residency, refuge and security, even looking to the quest to create habitats on other planets. The 2018 edition of Art Night also explored the rich history of gardening and urban produce in the area between the South Bank and Battersea Power Station, which continues to supply vegetables, fruit and flowers to the whole of London through New Covent Garden Market, and contains the oldest continually cultivated gardens in the city.
Art Night Open
Presented alongside the Curated Programme the Art Night Open programme, organised by Zarina Rossheart, offered local galleries, organisations, independent artists and curators the opportunity to take part in the festival responding to the 2018 curatorial themes and cultural trail. More than 50 cultural institutions and local venues were included in 2018’s Art Night Open programme, with independent initiatives, curators and artists activating the 2018 trail with contemporary art.
Outreach and Participation
Organised by Margaux Portron, Art Night’s Outreach and Participation programme aimed to actively engage with harder-to-reach groups of all ages, and to provide students and adults with volunteering opportunities. The year-long programme resulted in projects which were Art Night, from a film school for young people to children’s workshops and engagement with local construction workers.
ARTISTS AND VENUES
The British Interplanetary Society
Old Paradise Gardens
Prince of Wales Drive
Cécile B. Evans
New Covent Garden Market
Art Night 2018 Trail
Battersea Power Station
Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite
ART NIGHT 2O17
ABOUT ART NIGHT 2017
Curated by: Fatos Ustek
In collaboration with: Whitechapel Gallery
In 2017, Art Night focused on the East End in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.
On July 1 2017, Art Night took place in East London, combining art, performance and music by some of our most respected contemporary artists. A collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, curated by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek (now Director of the Liverpool Biennial), the festival is supported by international auction house Phillips, and received public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Fatoş Üstek explored the theme of ‘Fusion of Horizons’, inviting visitors to engage in multifarious dialogues whilst bringing their own aspirations and dreams. She formulated the festival experience as a series of situations to be evocative of the horizons that lie ahead, through which we could see and understand the world around us. The festival looked to celebrate the multiplicity of the East End, with its diverse architectural, societal, psychological and linguistic profile.
ARTISTS AND VENUES
St Katharine Docks
Jake & Dinos Chapman
London Dock & Dennis Severs House
Nicholls & Clarke Showrooms
The White Chapel Building
Exchange Square, Broadgate.
Masonic Temple, Andaz London
Do Ho Suh
Christ Church Spitalfields
The Cass, London Metropolitan University & Middlesex Street Estate
Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge
Boiler Room x Alva Noto
ART NIGHT 2O16
ABOUT ART NIGHT 2016
Curated by: Kathy Noble
In Collaboration with: The ICA
Art Night’s inaugural festival transformed London for one summer night on 2 July 2016. The festival was originally inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris, 2002.
The first edition took place in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and was curated by Kathy Noble (now Chief Curator at Performa, New York), who presented ten artists’ works and new commissions in iconic and unusual locations across Westminster. Ten international artists’ projects, which included six new site-specific commissions, feature in a cross-disciplinary programme of art, architecture, dance, design and music.
Kathy Noble took the idea of festivals as a way of exploring the possibilities of this new project. Festivals have played a unique role historically as a site for artistic experimentation, outside the formal setting of the gallery or museum – ranging from the street theatre of the Renaissance; Bauhaus festivals in the early twentieth century that combined music, theatre, dance and design; and happenings in the 1960s and 70s. The first Art Night looked to build on this rich history of experimentation by combining unusual spaces with artistic experimentation.
The festival was generously supported by international auction house PHILLIPS.
ARTISTS AND VENUES
Two Temple Place
190 Strand by St. Edward
Covent Garden Piazza
180 The Strand
Disused platform in Charing Cross Underground Station
Joan Jonas & Jason Moran
Duke of York Steps
St Mary Le Strand Church