Including a line-up of the world’s leading artists, Art Night will transform London’s East End into a free, sprawling, immersive art experience. Inspired by the annual Paris art initiative Nuit Blanche, various historic, iconic and hidden venues, from Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber to Dennis Severs’ House in Spitafields, will be given over to a dynamic programme of art, performance and music from the early evening until dawn.
Each year a curator works with one of London’s leading cultural institutions to programme a festival that unpicks the culture, history and architecture of a different area of London. ‘For Art Night 2017, I wanted to explore the theme of “Fusion of Horizons”, inviting visitors to engage in multifarious dialogues whilst bringing their own aspirations and dreams,’ said this year’s curator, Fatoş Üstek, who is working in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.
As the first Art Night was a huge success, we highlight some of the events not to miss this year.
Korean artist Do Ho Suh, famed for his beautiful installations that recreate architectural spaces of personal significance will be producing an installation in East London while Lindsay Seers will activate the Grade-II listed Masonic Temple at Andaz London with a performative video installation.
The Festival’s host, the Whitechapel Gallery – an art nouveau building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend in 1901 – will be transformed by Benedict Drew’s durational multi-media performance and installation that will incorporate video and live music.
If you’re feeling adventurous, descend into the depths of Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber for Ian Whittlesea’s illuminated meditation that intends to inspire audiences to see the world differently.
Other artists are interacting directly with the local community, like Melanie Manchot, whose collaborative work with local dance schools will invite audiences to become part of a mass dance performance at Exchange Square, Broadgate.
Unconventional venues will play host to some of this year’s commissions, like the former headquarters of British Land, where Anne Hardy will create an immersive installation in the Nicholls & Clarke building.
Brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, known for their provocative and often creepy work, will be let loose on a vacant warehouse in London Dock.
And be sure to end the party at an actual party; the Club Night featuring artist Carsten Nicolai a.k.a. Alva Noto and other DJs will be at Village Underground. This is one of the only non-free events of the evening, so be sure to get tickets as soon as they become available.
Art Night is at various locations on Saturday July 1, 2017 and is free to all, except the Club Night at Village Underground.