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ART NIGHT 2019 LONDON
22 June - 23 JuneFREE
ABOUT ART NIGHT
Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival. Each year the festival partners with a leading cultural institution and/or independent curator, focusing on a different area of London to explore its distinctive identity, culture and architecture through various forms of art.
Art Night 2019 is curated by Helen Nisbet and takes place in Walthamstow and King’s Cross on 22 June with a small selection of projects open for the Family Trail on 23 June. The Art Night Open is a selection of over 40 independently curated projects selected through an open call.
Curated by Helen Nisbet with Associate Curators Amy Budd and Laura McFarlane. The Curated Programme takes inspiration from London pop group East 17’s 1993 song It’s Alright.
“Don’t you worry, cos it’s alright, don’t you worry, child of the night”
Art Night 2019 will occupy places people are brought together in everyday life – the market, cinema, pub, community centre, library, shopping mall, museum, car park, school, places of worship and the street.
Consisting of 12 major commissions, the Curated Programme has been conceived in response to the physical context of these sites and the communities who use them. Each artist was invited to consider Hope, Love and The Future and the ideas these words conjure, imagining how we might care for and support each other amidst a time of political and cultural uncertainty.
ART NIGHT OPEN
Presented alongside these 12 projects is the Art Night Open programme, directed by Zarina Rossheart. Art Night Open is the festival’s programme of independently curated projects selected through an annual Open Call with the help of an invited jury, alongside new and ambitious Art Night Open Partner Projects shortlisted by the festival. Considering the ideas around Hope, Love and The Future, over 40 artistic projects and site-specific interventions will be presented in this year’s Art Night Open programme.
For the 2019 Open Call selection, Art Night Open Programme Director Zarina Rossheart was joined by an appointed jury panel consisting of: Artist Larry Achiampong; Writer, Curator and Deputy Editor of Elephant Magazine Louise Benson; Writer, Curator and Editor Paul Clinton; Creative Director for Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 Sam Hunt; Worldwide Deputy Chairman at Phillips Svetlana Marich; and Artistic Director of Art Night 2019, Helen Nisbet.