Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that transforms London for one night only, held on 2 July from 5pm. Inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris in 2002, the city-spanning show is curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ (ICA), curator Kathy Noble, who presents a series of works and new commissions in a variety of unexpected and unusual locations across Westminster: “As the sun goes down, Londoners and visitors alike will be able to experience the city in a new way. They will see iconic landmarks in a new light, and have the chance to explore unexpected and often hidden locations.”
Following a trail of art, architecture, dance, design and music, Celia Hempton will transform part of the iconic brutalist building 180 Strand with a series of site-specific wall paintings, in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, whilst the uncanny disused Jubilee line platform in Charing Cross Underground station will be transformed into a sensory installation by Koo Jeong A, co-commissioned with Art on the Underground.
Further works include Jennifer West, who presents a new film at St Mary Le Strand that explores the history of cinema via personal memory and will invite audiences to write their own memories onto 70mm film, to be incorporated into a future feature film.
Next year, the event is planned to focus on the East End in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.
For a full list of the works on show, visit https://www.ica.org.uk/off-site/projects/art-night
1. From A to B via C performance in-collaboration with Gina Folly 2014. Courtesy: Alexandra Bachzetsis.
2. Your actions are my dreams at Tate-St Ives 2009 courtesy of the artist and Stuart Shave Modern Art. Photo by Steve Tanner.