London Becomes A Canvas For The First Ever Art Night

The currently disused Charing Cross Tube station via The Standard
The currently disused Charing Cross Tube station via The Standard

If there is anything worth dedicating an entire night to, it’s art. Based on an event in Paris called Nuit Blanche, London will begin it’s first ever Art Night. The ICA is putting together the UK’s first free all night contemporary arts festival, which will take place only once a year. On July 2nd, landmarks and locales in the Westminster area will transform into public installations.

For one night only Covent Garden will be taken over by video projections, a disused Jubilee line platform at Charing Cross station will be filled with perfume, choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis will present a new work at Two Temple Place and Turner Prize-winner Laure Prouvost will reinvent Admiralty Arch.

To round off an already impressive line-up is artist Nine Beier. The Danish painter and photographer is putting on an exhibition in one of London’s fanciest flats. Her work will be shown in the modern 190 Strand building, where three-bedroom flats sell for £10 million.

Director of ICA George Muir gives The Standard a note on what to expect, “It has been a really amazing experience to see all these spaces, and some of the most extraordinary ones have been Admiralty Arch and Alexandra Bachzetsis at Two Temple Place, which is itself really special.

“We wanted to take people on a tour of not just the history of this area in terms of tourist attractions but also in terms of its recent history and it’s an area where we are as likely to find luxury apartments as we are these wonderful iconic locations.”

The Art Nights curator Kathy Noble in a comment to The Standard notes, “As the sun goes down, Londoners and visitors alike will be able to experience the city in a new way. They will see iconic landmarks in a new light, and have the chance to explore unexpected and often hidden locations.”


Work by Art Night exhibitor Laure Prouvost
Farfromwords: carmirrors eat raspberries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells, 2013
installation view Collezione Maramotti Reggio Emilia
photo by: Dario Lasagni
Max Mara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery