On 1 July, as the sun starts to set, East London will come alive with art, as cultural institutions across the east of the capital fling open their doors for the night. Art, design, music, drink and dance: this soirée will be quite an affair – and, what's more, it's completely free.
This year, incorrigible former YBAs Jake and Dinos Chapman will bring their insulting, injurious art to a Warehouse in London Dock, Wapping. They'll present a new video installation The Misshapeness of Things to Come, accompanied by a live performance by Jake Chapman’s band. A selection of the Chapmans' defaced prints will be inserted into the existing furnishings of Dennis Severs’ House, an 18th-century, candle-lit Huguenot house-museum in Spitalfields.
Scottish installation artist Charles Avery will show objects and elements from his fictional island in locations across East London. For more than a decade, Avery has been obsessively building a universe within an island of his mind. He has imagined it all: topography, cityscapes, cosmology, social mores. The Islanders is a project of epic proportions, made up of drawings, philosophy, installations and texts. You can see his work in places ranging from installations in public areas of St Katharine Docks, by Tower Bridge, to the transformation of the docks' White Mulberries coffee shop into the Bar of The Egg Eating Egret.
You can try your hand at 'illuminated meditation' inside a chamber in the depths of London Bridge, explore masonic temples, listen to music at the Whitechapel Gallery, or dance the night away at the festival's very first club night, Alva Noto x Boiler Room at Shoreditch's infamous Village Underground.
This annual arts celebration is based on the international Nuit Blanche, or 'sleepless night', which originated in Paris in 2002 and now takes place in 30 cities worldwide. Each year, a leading cultural institution and a curator will present work for the festival in a different part of London, exploring the area’s cultural heritage. Art-scene London has rarely been so inviting, or late.
|What||Art Night 2017|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Liverpool Street (underground)|
On 01 Jul 17, Ticketed events: 16:00 - 18:00
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