Hayward Gallery and Art Night are teaming up to create London’s largest free contemporary arts festival and it’s scheduled on Saturday 7 July 2018. It will be Art Night’s most ambitious art trail to date. Running along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea, Art Night 2018 will feature commissions and artists’ projects in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues for just one night.
The event will be curated by Hayward Gallery (Ralph Rugoff), to coincide with the Gallery’s 50th Anniversary in July 2018. “We are excited to be partnering with Art Night and we are looking forward to building on Hayward Gallery’s rich history of presenting ambitious off-site projects by leading contemporary artists. We are all delighted to be working with the Art Night team on the 2018 programme and we are enjoying the challenges and marvelous opportunities associated with presenting art and performance in surprising venues and along the streets of this interesting part of London.” Ralph Rugoff, Director of Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery said in November 2017.
New commissions, performances and artworks premiering in the UK by selected leading contemporary artists will activate exceptional historic sites, iconic landmarks, secret venues and public spaces around Southbank Centre, Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea.
Art Night will continue to feature an extensive Associate Programme put together by local organisations, galleries, artists and curators, with screenings, workshops, exhibitions, gigs and more.
Art Night is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions. Taking inspiration from Paris’ popular ‘Nuit Blanche’, Art Night partners with a leading cultural institution and an independent curator each year. For one night-only, an area of London is transformed and activated by artists offering an engaging programme of artworks to the public. Most importantly, Art Night is open to all and free.
The first edition of the festival in July 2016 was led by the Institute of Contemporary Arts and curator Kathy Noble. It attracted 35,000 people in Westminster. Art Night 2017, curated by Fatos Ustek and the Whitechapel Gallery, saw 75,000 visit across 70 sites in the East End of London in July 2017. Featured artists included Charles Avery, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Benedict Drew, Anne Hardy, Celia Hempton, Joan Jonas, Lawrence Lek, Linder, Melanie Manchot, Laure Prouvost, Lindsay Seers, Do Ho Suh and many more.
“Art Night 2018 will continue to offer an artistic exploration of London, celebrating diversity, culture, heritage and architecture, through an engaging, free and multidisciplinary programme of events, made possible with the generous support of Phillips auction house.
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, while celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hayward Gallery.” Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen, Founders, Art Night, November 2017.
Art is Alive’s interview with Ksenia Zemtsova is here.