Art Night 2019

Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival, transforming the city for one night only through site-specific commissions and performative activations. The festival was conceived and founded by Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen.

Today, first details of the Curated Programme – a selection of internationally acclaimed artists presenting 12 commissions in locations around Walthamstow and King’s Cross  (chosen areas for this year’s Art Night) was announced, and it’s really exciting.

Curated by Helen Nisbet – her first edition as Art Night’s Artistic Director – the programme will take place on the night of 22 June 2019, beginning at 5.00pm in King’s Cross and 7.00pm in Walthamstow.

Each artist has been invited to consider ideas of Hope, Love and The Future and how communities might care for and support one other amidst a time of political and cultural uncertainty.

Over a dozen iconic and unique public sites such as Walthamstow Town Square, Walthamstow Library and The Mall in Walthamstow and Coal Drops Yard and Cubitt Square in King’s Cross will feature in the Art Night Curated programme.

From cultural landmarks William Morris Gallery and the kilometre-long Walthamstow Market, to the more unusual Walthamstow car park and listed 1930s former cinema Mirth Marvel & Maud, Art Night 2019 will continue to unlock London’s extraordinary public and private spaces to transform them for one night only.

The Curated Programme will comprise of new commissions by internationally renowned artists including Barbara Kruger, who will be presenting her first large-scale outdoor commission in 15 years in the UK, in Walthamstow’s Town Square – questioning consumerism, individual autonomy, desire and power.

Christine Sun Kim will transform Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross with a three-part commission, collaborating with students at the local Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to create two works – an experimental new multi-channel video installation and a text-based ‘declaration’ in Cubitt Square, as well as a durational sound piece at the new arts-focused COS space in Coal Drops Yard, exploring how experiences of deafness shape understandings of language and culture.

Artist duo Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings will present a ‘musical spectacle’ travelling through Walthamstow Market, which brings together musical genres into a single dramatic vision performed and centred around a Pride float.

Further highlights will include pieces by Oscar Murillo, who will be working in close collaboration with people in Walthamstow before, during and after the festival to create a new commission titled Welcome to the members’ club.

Award-winning dancer and choreographer Julie Cunningham will present a new performance, continuing their research into the queer body, at a school in Walthamstow.

Stay tuned for further developments and announcements in the next few weeks.


Image: Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…)’ (2016). A High Line Commission, on view March 2016 – March 2017.  Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line