On July 1 Art Night, a free contemporary arts festival, takes over east London from dusk till dawn.
Art Night invites you to explore the culture and identity of the East End through a mix of dance, live music, installations, sculpture, meditation, workshops and tours. Experience the weird and wonderful, one-night-only, commissions by internationally renowned and local artists. And it’s all within walking distance of many Night Tube stations.
Philippine Nguyen, the founder of Art Night, talks us through some of her favourite picks, and the stations you’ll need to get there.
From Liverpool Street on the Central Line, pop around the corner to Andaz London where there is a hidden Masonic Temple. Artist Lindsay Seers has created a video installation depicting the early life of 20th century ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley, and his visit to this very temple.
While you’re in the area, explore the sounds, sights and rhythms of Melanie Manchot’s Dance, (All Night London) a collaboration with ten dance schools from east London, all specialising in a different style. This dynamic mix of movement will be played out in Exchange Square, Broadgate.
Or if you prefer something a bit more sonically experimental, head to Village Underground in Shoreditch. Boiler Room in collaboration with Art Night have put together a line up of some of the most innovative DJ’s working today including Alva Noto, errorsmith, Rrose and many others.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, head down to the river. From London Bridge on the Jubilee Line, stroll along the South Bank to Tower Bridge and descend into the Bascule Chamber for a below river-level, guided meditation and light show by conceptual artist Ian Whittlesea.
Wander across the bridge to St. Katherine Dock, where details of a different city have popped up. Onomatopoeia, a fictional city from the imaginary world of Charles Avery’s Islanders, has become a reality for just one night. Spot signs of island life through the local love of eels, artificial trees and sculptural gods. The Egg Eating Egret café, which is popular among the Island’s locals, serves up egg-based cocktails, and you might also meet an interesting stranger or two…
A stone’s throw from this contrary world is Pennington Warehouse at London Dock, where you’ll find Jake Chapman performing live with two musicians as an accompaniment for the new commission from Jake and Dinos. The Misshapeness of Things to Come is a fast-paced film and visualisation responding to an unpublished epic poem by Chapman. Expect a surround-sound experience and noteworthy audience.
Art Night 2017 takes place on Saturday 1 July from 6pm to 4am. All events are free, apart from the club night. For more information and to map your night, head to the Art Night website.
Art Night 2017 is a collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, curated by Fatos Üstek. The festival is supported by international auction house Phillips, and receives public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.