FESTIVAL AND EVENTS
Art Night is a free contemporary arts festival that puts art into extraordinary locations in London for one night a year.
Art Night acts as a platform dedicated to widening audiences for contemporary arts and offers artists the opportunity to present ambitious new work in unusual spaces or the public realm. It culminates with the all-night event, one of London’s most popular free arts festivals. With its education and public events programme, Art Night has a wide cultural impact year-long. In 2017, Art Night initiated a legacy programme, ensuring newly commissioned work stays onsite for longer or permanently, and joins public collections nationwide.
Art Night is a registered charity and is funded through donations, corporate support and grants.
Art Night 2017
In July 2017, Art Night explored London’s East End, with 75,000 people attending in 70 locations. The festival was curated by Fatos Ustek in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. The event was supported by international auction house Phillips and received public funding through Arts Council England.
Art Night 2016
Art Night 2016 was curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and independent curator Kathy Noble. Ten projects featured in a cross-disciplinary programme of art, performance, dance, video and music, and formed a unique trail across Westminster. The event was supported by international auction house Phillips and received public funding through Arts Council England.
Urban Tales was conceived in May 2015 as a series of cultural events showcasing artists across various disciplines in unexpected locations around London. Its opening chapter The Bank was a dialogue between contemporary art and urbanism, exploring an empty 1920’s bank, abandoned in the midst of the City of London.
For its second chapter Urban Tales joined Totally Thames 2015 and partnered with Mahogany Opera Group to take audiences on a river-inspired cultural journey to London’s only lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf for the electrifying show, ‘Folie à Deux’.