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London transformed after dark for first ever Art Night

Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that will transform London for one night on 2 July 2016, supported by London First.

From a luxury flat on the Strand to a disused Jubilee line platform in Charing Cross Underground station, a range of buildings and public spaces across Westminster will form the stage for a series of large-scale art installations and performances for one night only.

The festival is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions who, each year, will invite a leading cultural institution and curator to work in a different area of London, exploring history, culture and architecture.

The first edition is curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), with curator Kathy Noble, who will present a series of artists’ works and new commissions in unusual locations across Westminster, forming a trail running from Admiralty Arch to Temple.

From 6.00pm until the early hours, audiences for Art Night 2016 will experience a trail of art, architecture, dance, design and music, including:

  • A series of performance ‘still lives’ by Nina Beier in a luxury flat at 190 Strand by St Edward, altering the reality of the lavish domestic space.
  • A new video series by choreographer and artist Cecilia Bengolea will be projected in the East Piazza of Covent Garden, developed whilst in residence at Delfina Foundation, with the support of Capco and Delfina Foundation.
  • The uncanny disused Jubilee line platform in Charing Cross Underground station will be transformed into a sensory installation by Koo Jeong A, co-commissioned with Art on the Underground.

A group of Art Night Guides will be present at each site, with information hubs for visitors at Covent Garden Piazza and ICA on The Mall. The Art Night Guides programme is supported by the Art Fund, drawing on their Student National Art Pass network.

In 2017, Art Night will focus on the East End in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. The festival is generously supported by international auction house Phillips.

Art Night was originally inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris in 2002. The festival is initiated by Unlimited Productions and produced in collaboration with independent producer Lucia Muñoz Iglesias.

Contact: Tim Scott, tscott@londonfirst.co.uk

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