Art Night 2019: An Insomniatic Mix Of Emerging Artists And Heavy Hitters

Art Night 2019

Art Night’s fourth edition launches 22 June this year with another impressive line-up, including heavy hitters Cory Arcangel, Barbara Kruger, Oscar Murillo, and Marina Abramović. Art Night 2019 is part of the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest. It will take place in unique sites and spaces where people come together in everyday life.

“Don’t you worry, cos it’s alright, don’t you worry, child of the night” – E-17

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
Julie Cunningham, Live Dance Performance, Walthamstow Community Hub

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 significant 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.

Highlights Include:

Live music and sound by Cory Arcangel & Hampus Lindwall with special guests (St Mary’s Church Walthamstow), Christine Sun Kim (arts-focused COS store in Coal Drops Yard), Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings (Walthamstow Market), and Joe Namy (two public car parks in Walthamstow)
● Performance and dance by Julie Cunningham (Waltham Forest Community Hub) and Zadie Xa (Walthamstow Library)
● Film commissions by Shiraz Bayjoo (Empire Cinema in Walthamstow) and Frances Stark (Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow)
● A participatory project and performance by Oscar Murillo (Trades Hall in Walthamstow)
● Painting and fabric works by Emma Talbot (William Morris Gallery and Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow) and Joe Namy (Walthamstow Market)
● Multi-media installations by Alice Theobald (The Mall, Walthamstow) and Zadie Xa (Walthamstow Library)
Highlights from the Art Night Open Programme include:
● Live music and sound by Melodians Steel Orchestra UK at Pancras Square and Shell Like at Harmony Hall
● Performance and dance by Athena Papadopoulos at the British Library, Beth Kettle at Vestry Road Playground, Central Saint Martins at Granary Square and The Department of Love in Battle Bridge Place, King’s Boulevard and King’s Cross Tunnel
● Video, film and digital art commissions by Daata Editions at Everyman on the Corner and Hervisions at Cyber World & Speed Fast Internet Cafe
● Participatory projects and activities by OOF Magazine at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre
● Painting and banner works by Paul Williams at Walthamstow’s Ye Olde Rose & Crown
● Multi-media installations by Nicole Bachmann, Fabienne Hess, Agata Madejska, Bunny Morel at CRATE St James Street in Walthamstow and Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot at London Canal Museum
● Virtual reality by Marina Abramović in collaboration with Acute Art at Everyman King’s Cross

Taking place from 5 pm in King’s Cross and 7 pm in Walthamstow 22 June – Free

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