First look at Art Night programme

Published: 27 March 2018

Organisers of Art Night, which is coming south of the river to Nine Elms, Battersea and Vauxhall for the first time, this summer, have announced the first details of what’s in store.

This year London’s largest free contemporary arts festival has revealed a programme of new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12 internationally- renowned artists in iconic and off-the-beaten track venues.

The festival on 6pm on July 7 to 6am on July 8 and 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 Clippers boat will run a bespoke route until 4am. Families will also be able to enjoy the commissions during the day on July 8.

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 Hayward Gallery, to celebrate the renowned institution’s reopening and to coincide with the Gallery’s 50th Anniversary in July 2018.

Ralph Rugoff and his team will explore ideas around the concept of ‘home’, and will also explore the rich history of gardening and urban produce in the area.

The festival will feature new commissions hosted in Battersea and Nine Elms by artists including Jeremy Deller’s second collaboration with the Melodians Steel Orchestra, Tamara Henderson with a ‘Floral Ensemble’ musical performance at New Covent Garden, a virtual reality project by Miao Ying in Embassy Gardens and a public procession and performance by Marinella Senatore for thousands of people to take part in along the Art Night trail.

One of the highlights will be a new augmented reality experience at Battersea Power Station from Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton, which will also be available to experience after Art Night.

Running alongside the projects curated by the Hayward Gallery will be special projects and events selected through Art Night’s Open Call, which offers local galleries, as well as independent artists and curators, the opportunity to take part in the festival and respond to the 2018 themes and cultural trail. Details of these projects will be announced in the coming months.

Ralph Rugoff said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Art Night team to present brilliant works by an international range of artists. Stretching across a deeply interesting part of the city that is being rapidly redeveloped, Art Night will showcase extraordinary performances, installations and films that explore ideas related to “home.” Building on the success of the previous iterations of this all-night festival as well as the Hayward Gallery’s own history of presenting ambitious off-site projects by contemporary artists, Art Night 2018 should light up the night with some very adventurous art.”

Art Night founders Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen said: “We’re delighted to present the programme in South London for the first time this year and to continue to be a part of the city’s growing night-time culture.”

Anne Mullins, Head of Culture at the Nine Elms Vauxhall Parnership, said: “The festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the area, its heritage, it’s exciting cultural offer, while bringing everyone together.”

Art Night is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions and supported by international auction house Phillips.  Visit for full details and follow @ARTNIGHTLDN for updates.

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