Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that will transform London for one summer night on 2 July 2016.
The festival is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions who, each year, will invite a leading cultural institution and curator to work in a different area of London.
The first edition is curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) with curator Kathy Noble, who will present ten artists’ works and new commissions in iconic and unusual locations across Westminster. In 2017, Art Night will focus on the East End in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.
The festival is generously supported by international auction house PHILLIPS. Art Night is also made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England and a range of partners and foundations.
Art Night is inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris in 2002.
Art Night was founded by Unlimited Productions – a collective of young cultural entrepreneurs from all around Europe, who decided to join forces to share their passion for art and London with the public. Unlimited produces projects that explore the relationship between arts and urbanism, working with curators and artists to create accessible cultural experiences. Unlimited launched Urban Tales in 2015, a series of events introducing the concept of Art Night. The first chapter, The Bank, invited the public to explore an empty 1920’s bank in the heart of the City of London. For Urban Tales 2, Unlimited took over London’s only lighthouse to showcase a site- specific contemporary opera.
Founded in 1946, the ICA seeks to embrace the urgency surrounding contemporary art and culture. Continually looking forward, the ICA lays claim to extraordinary legacy, being home to the Independent Group, as well as playing a pivotal role in the development of Pop Art, Op Art and Brutalist Architecture. It charted the course of Punk, Performance, Independent Cinema and Young British Art, while showcasing numerous international artists, from Yoko Ono to Gerhard Richter. The ICA has always supported interdisciplinary practice, encouraging artists to experiment and explore unresolved ideas. Comprising film screenings, exhibitions, talks and events, the ICA Programme can be experienced at our base on The Mall, via our website and social media, or as ‘Off-Site’ projects at alternative venues, nationally and internationally. The ICA has a longstanding fascination with the evolution of Pop culture in our mass digital age.
PHILLIPS is proud to be the lead sponsor of Art Night, affirming our commitment to supporting contemporary arts and culture in the British capital and beyond through our global programme of Arts Partnerships. As a worldwide platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st Century art and design, PHILLIPS offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and special exhibitions are held at salesrooms in London, New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong. PHILLIPS also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.