Art Night 2017 to take over London's East End.
Art Night is a free annual contemporary arts festival that transforms London’s public spaces, secret venues and landmarks for one summer night in July. Each year, a leading cultural institution will be invited to work in a different part of London, exploring the area’s history, culture and architecture. In 2017, Art Night will focus on the East End in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and independent curator Fatos Ustek.
Audiences will experience a trail of art, architecture, dance and music from the early evening until dawn. This trail includes the following: Ian Whittlesea at Tower Bridge, Charles Avery at St Katharine Docks, Jake & Dinos Chapman at London Dock, Benedict Drew at the Whitechapel Gallery, Lawrence Lek at The White Chapel Building, Günes Terkol at The Cass and at the Middlesex Street Estate, Do Ho Suh at Commercial Street, Melanie Manchot at Exchange Square, Jake & Dinos Chapman at Dennis Severs House, Anne Hardy at Nicholls & Clarke Showrooms and Boiler Room x Alva Noto at Village Underground.
Charles Avery’s ‘Islanders’ at St. Katharine Docks
Artist Charles Avery (born 1973, Scotland, UK) lives and works in London. His practice is devoted to the description of a fictional Island, expressed through large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts, and moving images. For Art Night, Avery is bringing components of his imaginary Island to east London. An ephemeral impression of the Islanders’ main city, Onomatopoeia, will appear at St. Katharine Docks as part of a large-scale installation incorporating sculpture, drawings and posters. Significant features of the Island, such as trees and gods will be displayed in open areas, while the main trade of eel hunting will be visible. A cocktail bar much loved by the Islanders, ‘The Egg Eating Egret’, will operate from the premises of the White Mulberries café all night, serving custom-made egg cocktails to the public, while locals from the Island may appear unannounced. The various intellectual salons and schools of the Eternal Dialectic, the leading cultural event of Onomatopoeia, are also brought to the streets of the East End through a flyposting campaign.
Cocktail bar & performers: 6pm–2am
Art Night 2017 Associate Programme: Space Film at St Katharine Docks
As part of the Associate Programme of Art Night, you will be able to experience SPACE FILM (1970) re-staged in its original location, capturing the mood of the ‘60s, featuring artists Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley, Henry Moore and the artist community who set up SPACE at the iconic St. Katharine Dock site in 1968. A hotbed of creativity and a site of experimentation drawing international attention with seminal happenings, it was sometimes called the original YBA. The film documents how artists created a new vision among abandoned warehouses, founding an organization that continues to champion artists’ role in the city 50 years on.
Free entry; 6pm–10:30pm