November 10, 2017
The Hayward Gallery has announced that London’s largest free contemporary arts festival Art Night has chosen Nine Elms, Battersea and Vauxhall for its first foray into south London.
Art Night returns next July with its most ambitious art trail to date. Running along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea, Art Night will feature commissions and artists’ projects in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues for just one night.
Art Night partners with a leading cultural institution and an independent curator each year. Next year the festival will be curated by Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, to celebrate the renowned institution’s reopening and to coincide with the Gallery’s 50th Anniversary in July 2018.
Ralph Rugoff said
“We are all delighted to be working with the Art Night team on the 2018 programme and we are enjoying the challenges and marvellous opportunities associated with presenting art and performance in surprising venues and along the streets of this interesting part of London.”
The leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said:
“The decision to bring Art Night to Wandsworth is another indication of the galvanising effect the borough’s regeneration is having on its increasingly vibrant art and cultural scene. It’s an honour to be chosen as the first south London location for this major festival.”
Anne Mullins, Head of Culture, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said
“This is such an exciting time for Art Night to come to Nine Elms, as it continues to transform from light industry to a vibrant new district of central riverside London. The festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the area, its heritage, its exciting cultural offer, while bringing everyone together”
Art Night is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions and supported by international auction house Phillips. It will feature an extensive Associate Programme put together by local organisations, galleries, artists and curators, with screenings, workshops, exhibitions, gigs and more.
Full details of London’s Art Night 2018 programme including final list of artists, venues and partnerships, will be announced in Spring 2018.