Get ready for Art Night

Published: Thursday 31st May 18

London’s largest free contemporary arts festival Art Night is now just over a month away – coming south of the river to Nine Elms, Battersea and Vauxhall for the first time on July 7.

Marinella Senatore

It will feature a programme of new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12 internally-renowned artists in iconic and off-the-beaten track venues.

The festival will link the South Bank to Battersea Power Station via Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, including events at venues such as New Covent Garden Market and Embassy Gardens.

A dedicated MBNA Thames Clipper boat will run a bespoke route until 4am. Families will also be able to enjoy the commissions during the day on July 8 from 11am to 6pm.

Art Night partners with a leading cultural institution and an independent curator each year. This year the festival will be curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Heyward Gallery, to celebrate the renowned institution’s reopening and to coincide with the gallery’s 5oth anniversary in July.

Lara Favaretto

The festival will feature new commissions hosted in Battersea and Nine Elms, including Jeremy Deller’s second collaboration with the Melodians Steel Orchestra, Tamara Henderson’s ‘Floral Ensemble’ musical performance at New Covent Garden Market and a virtual reality project by Miao Ying in Embassy Gardens.

The council's Wandsworth Grant Fund has helped support a public procession and performance by Marinell Senatore for thousands of people to take part in along the Art Night Trail. Lara Favaretto will also present her installation on the trail – a red and blue gypsy caravan suspended from a crane.

There will also be an evening of video screenings at Battersea Power Station's Village Hall. Art Night x DRAF will include works by artists Neil Beloufa, Cyprien Gaillard, Lars Laumann, Nicolas Provost, David Shrigley and Frances Young.Following that the venue will be transformed into a Club Night in collaboration with Lisson Gallery featuring a special screening of Hans Berg and Nathalie Djurberg’s Waterfall Variations and music sets by artists Hans Berg and Haroon Mirza.

The leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said: “The borough of Wandsworth is delighted to be hosting this year’s Art Night. Nine Elms and Battersea are rapidly becoming a vibrant new district of riverside London, and Art Night will be a great addition to our burgeoning arts and cultural scene.”

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