Art Night 2017

A free festival of contemporary art in extraordinary spaces


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Art Night is a free contemporary arts festival transforming London’s East End for one unforgettable night.

Art Night 2017 takes place on Saturday 1 July, presenting acclaimed international art in various historic and iconic sites, secret locations and public spaces.

Conceived as new site-specific commissions, Art Night 2017 responds directly to east London’s heritage and diversity. Participating artists are Charles Avery, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Benedict Drew, Anne Hardy, Lawrence Lek, Melanie ManchotLindsay Seers, Do Ho Suh, Güneş Terkol and Ian Whittlesea.

At the Whitechapel Gallery, artist Benedict Drew presents a site-specific durational performance in his commission The Trickle-Down Syndrome.

Art Night 2017 is in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery and 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.

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Participating artists

Charles Avery, Detail of Untitled (View of the Port at Onomatopoeia), 2009-2010, pencil and ink on paper, 530.8 x 260.9 x 10cm. Courtesy the artist-sm

Charles Avery
St. Katharine Docks

Charles Avery (b. 1973, Oban, Scotland, UK) shows objects and elements from his fictional Island in locations across the East End, from the hunter and the eel seller to egg cocktails at The Egg Eating Eggret bar.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, The New Arrival, 2014-16. Courtesy the artists and White Cube

Jake & Dinos Chapman
London Dock & Dennis Severs House

Jake Chapman (b. 1966, Cheltenham, UK) and Dinos Chapman (b. 1962, London, UK) present a new video installation in a listed warehouse at London Dock, accompanied by Jake Chapman’s band. A selection of the duo's prints are shown at a candlelit 18th-century Huguenot house.

Benedict Drew, Kaput (Installation View), 2015. Photo_ Charlotte Jopling. Courtesy the artist and MattÔÇÖs Gallery London

Benedict Drew
Whitechapel Gallery

Benedict Drew (b. 1977, Australia) collaborates with a big band on a durational performance with video projections and live music, in his Whitechapel Gallery exhibition The Trickle-Down Syndrome.

Anne Hardy, An Abandonment was accountable for the Accumulation of Acid After Dark _Punctuated Remains (detail), 2015, sculptural installation with audio

Anne Hardy
Nicholls & Clarke Showrooms

Anne Hardy (b. 1970, St Albans, UK) presents a new field work - an installation charged with colour, light, audio and physical objects at the former headquarters of Nicholls & Clarke building suppliers, managed by Location House.

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Lawrence Lek
White Chapel Building

Lawrence Lek’s (b. 1982, Frankfurt, Germany) computer-generated video commission features the artist’s imagined future working environment in the recently redeveloped White Chapel Building.

Melanie Manchot, Dance (All Night, Paris) (video still), 2011, single channel HD video, stereo sound, 12min 37sec. Courtesy Parafin, London ©Melanie Manchot (1)

Melanie Manchot
Exchange Square, Broadgate

Melanie Manchot (b. 1966, Witten, Germany) brings together dance schools from across the East End. Dancers of all kinds will parade through the streets, meeting in Broadgate to set the stage for a dance performance where the public can join to learn a variety of dances.

Lindsay Seers, Nowhere Less Now (production still), 2012. Artangel commission, Tin Tabernacle, Kilburn, London

Lindsay Seers
Masonic Temple, Andaz London

Lindsay Seers (b. 1966, Mauritius) presents a new video installation with performative elements in the ceremonial setting of the Grade-II listed Masonic Temple at Andaz London, which still functions for masonic lodge meetings.

Do Ho Suh, Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, 2013, polyester fabric, metal frame, 1530 x 1283 x 1297cm

Do Ho Suh
Location to be announced

Do Ho Suh (b. 1962, Seoul, South Korea) presents an installation for East London, composed of elements from his extensive practice.


Gunes Terkol
The Cass, London Metropolitan University & Middlesex Street Estate

Gunes Terkol (b. 1981, Ankara, Turkey) works with Middlesex Street Estate, one of the two remaining Council Estates in the City of London to create a permanent mural and a large-scale textile banner in collaboration with its residents.

Ian Whittlesea, White Cloud Forming (detail), 2016, acrylic paint on aluminium. Courtesy the artist

Ian Whittlesea
Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge

Ian Whittlesea's (b. 1967, Isleworth, UK) new work invites the public under Tower Bridge to take part in guided meditation and a mass-synesthetic experiment led by a hypnotherapist.

Carsten Nicolai. Photo Dieter Wuschanski-small

Club Night
Village Underground

Carsten Nicolai (b. 1965, Chemnitz, Germany) a.k.a. Alva Noto and other DJs collaborate with Boiler Room for a Club Night at Village Underground, Shoreditch.

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