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.
Curated by: Kathy Noble
In Collaboration with: The ICA
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.
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