Art Night 2017

A free festival of contemporary art in extraordinary spaces



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 from 6pm – 11.30pm.

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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Whitechapel Gallery, Art Night 2

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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

New and existing work
Sculptures, posters, performers and a cocktail bar

6pm-2am: Opening Times

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

New Commission
Video Installation and live performance of Jake Chapman’s band

6pm-4am: Opening Times

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.

Whitechapel Gallery, Benedict Drew, Production image for The Trickle-Down Syndrome 2017 (detail)

Benedict Drew
Whitechapel Gallery

New Commission
Multimedia Installation and Live Performance

6pm-2am: Opening times
8pm-11.30pm: Performance times

For Art Night, Benedict Drew turns his major multi-media installation The Trickle-Down Syndrome at Whitechapel Gallery into a musical score, collaborating with a group of leading experimental musicians on a live, durational improvisation.

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

New Commission
Installation combining sound, light and sculpture

6pm-4am: Opening Times

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.

Whitechapel Gallery, Lawrence Lek, Play Station, video still from VR world, 2017. Courtesy the artist-sm

Lawrence Lek
White Chapel Building

New Commission
Virtual Reality Installation

6pm-4am: Opening Times

Lawrence Lek’s (b. 1982, Frankfurt, Germany) computer-generated video commission Play Station features the artist’s imagined future working environment. Housed in the cavernous atrium of the recently re-invented White Chapel Building, Play Station reflects on the changing boundaries between workplace and playground.

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

New Commission
Dance performance, video installation and participatory dance classes

6pm-4am: Opening Times

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

New Commission
Video Installation and Performance

6pm-4am: Opening Times

Lindsay Seers (b. 1966, Mauritius) presents a new video installation inspired by occultist, magician, poet and novelist Aleister Crowley in the ceremonial setting of the Grade-II listed Masonic Temple at Andaz London, which still functions for masonic lodge meetings.

Whitechapel Gallery, Art Night, Do Ho Suh, My_Home, Horizontal

Do Ho Suh
Christ Church Spitalfields

Video Installation
5 min 50 seconds, looped

6pm-4am: Opening Times

Do Ho Suh (b. 1962, Seoul, South Korea) presents a large-scale video installation responding to the stunning interior of Christ Church Spitalfields, reflecting on home, architecture and belonging.


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

Large scale fabric banners, permanent mural, procession

6pm-4am: Opening Times

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

New commission
Immersive light and sound installation

6pm-2am, every 40 minutes
Duration: 35 Minutes

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

Boiler Room x Alva Noto
Village Underground

Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Boiler Room collaborate to curate a night of sonic experimentation from leading artists in a legendary London club.

Alva Noto sets the tone of the night with the juxtaposition of ample sounds and minimal resonances, while Mira Calix, errorsmith, Lee Gamble, Nídia, Paul Purgas, and rRose all have time on the decks.
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