Art Night is an annual free festival of contemporary art that presents works in unusual locations around the city. In 2016 the hub of Art Night was the ICA, in 2017 the Whitechapel Gallery, in 2018 the Hayward Gallery and Battersea Power Station, and in 2019 the London Borough of Culture Waltham Forrest. Art Night, planned for 2020, had to be postponed to 2021 due to pandemic.
Art Night will celebrate its fifth edition by taking place in locations across the United Kingdom for the first time this summer. Art Night 2021, curated by Helen Nisbet, will stretch 1000+ miles across Scotland, England and Wales. For the first time Art Night will also take place for a month, allowing audiences the opportunity to access commissions, performances and interventions in villages, towns and cities as well as from home.
A series of commissions will also unfold online as well as a public programme across the UK.
Art Night 2021 is titled Nothing Compares 2U, after the song penned by Prince and most famously performed by Sinead O’Connor. The programme takes inspiration from defiance in small acts and moments of self-determination, both personal and collective. The 2021 programme will feature large-scale and often newly commissioned public projects by: Oona Doherty, Sonya Dyer, Adham Faramawy, Guerrilla Girls, Mark Leckey, Isabel Lewis, Imran Perretta & Paul Purgas, Philomène Pirecki, OOMK, and Alberta Whittle.
Goethe-Institut London is delighted to be supporting Isabel Lewis' new commission "What can we learn about love from lichen?" in the Scottish Isle of Skye. A co-commission between Art Night and ATLAS Arts, Isabel Lewis is working with collaborators in Skye to choreograph a series of guided walks brought together in a final ‘hosted occasion’, tuning the ears, eyes and the body to more sensuous forms of knowing and being together. In partnership with Compton Verney in Warwickshire, Isabel Lewis will draw on these choreographic scores to stage a new sound work within the parkland of Compton Verney and this will run for the duration of Art Night. Visit the
Isabel Lewis lives and works in Berlin. Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy, Lewis’ work ranges from lecture-performances and workshops to listening sessions and parties with a focus on exploring alternative forms of sociality. Her work has been presented at Tate Modern, London (2017); Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (2016 – 2017); Dia Foundation, New York (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden (2015) and Tanz Im August, Berlin (2015) among others.