This year on 22 June, Art Night heads to Walthamstow & King’s Cross for an all-night free art festival, curated by Artistic Director Helen Nisbet and team. Formed of 12 artist projects, the Curated Programme takes inspiration from Walthamstow band East 17’s 1993 pop song It’s Alright.
Art Night 2019 will take place across King’s Cross and the Mayor's first London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest, exploring its distinct identity & highlighting the area's market culture through new commissions around Walthamstow High Street – Europe’s longest outdoor market – and other local landmarks. Walthamstow & King's Cross are connected by a 14-minute journey on the 24-hour Night Tube on the Victoria Line.
All projects are sited in 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, and many are made in collaboration with the people who use them.
© Iga Drobisz
The Goethe-Institut London is delighted to support the participation of Christine Sun Kim
with her work We Mean Business
at this year's Art Night. Kim, a Berlin-based artist whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), uses the media of drawing and sound in performance to investigate her relationship with spoken language and the aural environment.
For Art Night 2019 Kim will collaborate with students at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to create a experimental new multi-channel video installation exploring how experiences of deafness shape understandings of language and culture. Alongside this she will also stage a durational sound piece at the new COS concept store at Coal Drops Yard, and devise a text-based ‘declaration’ around British Sign Language in collaboration with children at Frank Barnes School championing and celebrating the benefits of sign language for the hoarding on Cubitt Square.