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Art Night 2018 in South Bank

July 3rd, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Art Night 2018 in South Bank

Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary arts festival. Each year, the festival partners with a leading cultural institution and curator, focusing on a different area of London to explore its distinctive identity, culture and architecture through various forms of art.

We’re proud to say that Art Night is coming to South Bank this summer, which will be it’s first time south of the river. The trail will run from South Bank to Battersea Power Station, via Vauxhall and Nine Elms and will take place in a mixture of iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues.

This year, the Hayward Gallery are curating, bringing 12 internationally renowned artists to coincide with the institution's 50th anniversary.

Presented alongside these 12 projects, the Art Night Open* programme offers local galleries, organisations, independent artists and curators the opportunity to take part, with more than 50 included this year. Expect contemporary art; ranging from immersive multimedia installations and virtual reality to interactive experiences, special screenings and live music.

Here we present what’s happening in the South Bank part of the trail, and point you in the right direction to find more information if you wish to continue your nocturnal art journey.

  • Yuan Goang-Ming

    This 5-minute looped video installation by Taiwanese video artist Yuan Goang-Ming at the Hayward Gallery will be accessible to view from 6:00 pm – 4:00 am. 

    This work is a continuation of the artist's investigation into the cultural nuances of ‘home’, ‘dwelling’ and ‘ruins’ and is entitled Dwelling (2014). 

    The video shows a comfortable bourgeois living room, through which a sudden blast sends objects flying in every direction, before reversing their course and returning to their original position intact. Though not instantly apparent to the viewer, Yuan filmed the work underwater, imbuing the debris with a surreal, dream-like quality.


    Southbank Centre
  • Liv Wynter

    RUPTURE is an evening of live performance and music in three acts, hosted by artist and activist Liv Wynter and featuring an outstanding line-up of emerging artists, dancers, poets and musicians. Hosted at the Garden Museum, with performances from 8 pm to 3 am. This venue has limited capacity; entry on a first come, first served basis. 

    The performance is being filmed. By participating you consent to your likeness being used in any video, photography or audio materials of the event and waive rights to the usage of these materials. 


    Morley Gallery presents a new two-screen video installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price. 

    Located at Morley Gallery (61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT), with performances from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 


    Spirits – 6.45pm & 7.45pm
    Sila, the Breath of the World – 6.30pm-7.30pm
    Drinking and Hooting Machine – 8pm-8.45pm
    Tuned Out Ensemble – 8.30pm-9pm
    Woman in the Moon – 9 pm – 11 pm

    Morley College

    Pervilion presents a major performative sound work by Sasha Pirogova – invoking the spectre of Vauxhall as a destination for transgressive behaviour outside the city bounds. A site-specific installation by Clementine Keith-Roach stems from the sensual life of the farm animals on a site which, until recently, was derelict. Taking place at Oasis Farm Waterloo (18 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG), from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Performances at 7 pm, 8 pm, with a running time of 15 minutes. 


    Anne Sylvie Henchoz’s Don’t Forget to Touch Me (artist’s book edited by TSAR, Vevey, Switzerland and designed by Marietta Eugster) is a collection of invitations and scenarios for future performances. Performance art taking place at IKLECTIK (Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG), from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 


    Faun is a performative installation by artist Jane Bustin, inspired by Nijinsky’s iconic work, the first modernist ballet, L’après-midi d’un faune. The live premiere performance conceived by the artist features her son, dancer Isaac Gryn, alongside a deconstructed version of Debussy’s original composition. 

    Taking place at the King George V Room at the Marriott London County Hall (Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB), from 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm. 


    Performances at: 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm
    performance running time: 12 minutes


    PIROUETTE is a performance by Lithuanian artist Lina Lapelyte. Conceived for a retired ballerina and a saxophonist using the circular-breathing technique, PIROUETTE is an intimate and experiential meditation on physical endurance, ageing, movement, displacement and fragility. 

    Taking place in the King George V Room at the Marriott London County Hall (Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB), from 10:00 pm – 11:15 pm.

    10:00pm, 11:00pm 
    Performance running time: 15 minutes


    ‘Uncertain Subjects Part II’ is a live performance devised by Uta Kögelsberger which bears testimony to a city undergoing a fundamental transformation against the wishes of the majority of its residents. It brings a personal lived experience back into the conversations surrounding Brexit. In a live performance, a single billboard will be continuously covered and re-covered with images of those who feel that the current political discourse surrounding Brexit is turning them into Uncertain Subjects within their own country.

    Taking place at Leake Street Tunnel (SE1 7NN) from 6:00 pm – 1:00 am. 

  • Zabludowicz Collection: Peter Burr and Oliver Coates

    Bringing together the respective practices of New York-based artist Peter Burr and London based musician Oliver Coates, this audio-visual performance is a collaboration unfolding in real time. Combining Burr’s complex, mutating digital imagery with Coates’ vibrant electronic and cello sounds, Interference AV creates an immersive and singular experience, revealing crossover fascinations with the possibilities of structural space and a desire to create new ambient environments.

    Taking place at Aures London (Unit 7, 18 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN) from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm. 

    Doors open at 6:30 pm. 


    For one night only and in celebration of Art Night 2018 and Pride, Gabriel Mulvey and Paul Coombs will perform live re-imaginings of their geolocated video work Backbone in twelve acts (which explores what it is to be queer in London, past, present and possible future).

    Taking place at Aures London (Unit 7, 18 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN), from 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 


    Christopher Matthews presents live dance, sound and Instagram occupy project Lads in Leake Street Tunnel. The project draws on dance and art histories to explore idealised physical form, class structure and notions of masculinity, particularly in the homoerotic spectrum. Audiences are invited to interact with the project using #lads on Instagram to post photos and videos of the work.

    Taking place at Leake Street Tunnel (SE1 7NN) from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. 


    Andreas Levisianos and Nikolas Ventourakis using sounds, recorded and transmitted in real time from within the Leake Street tunnel, will create a soundscape inspired by the way the urban environment is constructed in a multitude of layers.

    Taking place in Leake Street Tunnel (SE1 7NN) from 6:00pm – 11:00pm. 


    Andreas Johansson will be showing an installation of a wire fence gate and it’́s shadow in scale 1:1. The gate and shadow is cut out by hand out of two large size digital prints, creating an illusion of something being robust and hard, when it is in fact very fragile. In his work, he is dealing with subjects such as the signs and symbols of urban space, private/public, and also how objects in our surroundings can project us to other perhaps more interesting places.

    Taking place at Leake Street Tunnel (SE1 7NN), from 6:00 pm – 1:00 am. 

  • Lucky23 & SODA

    Lucky23 collaborate with graffiti artist SODA to create a unique piece of work using two different design disciplines, not traditionally connected to each other. In this project they aim to encapsulate the vibrancy of our city’s geometric forms reflected in SODA’s artwork and transforming these structures through animation into a living, breathing piece of art.

    Taking place at Leake Street Tunnel (SE1 7NN) 6:00 pm – 1:00 am. 


    From Palace to Palace traces South London’s skateboarding spots through the decades, celebrating sanctuaries for UK’s weathered scene. Photographic installations at six locations will draw a historical lineage from the notorious 1980s Crystal Palace Ramp, to Stockwell Skatepark, Kennington bowl, House of Vans, Shell Centre, and ending at Southbank’s Undercroft, UK’s sovereign skate spot, and home of renowned Palace skateboard team. 

    Taking place at the Southbank Undercroft (SE1 8XZ), from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 


    Daata Editions is screening Queertopia, an online project curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley, in the foyer at BFI, from 6 pm - 2 pm. Queertopia is a collection of work that reviews the existence of queer communities and their spaces – both real and mythological, memorialising those lost and building environments and landscapes to nurture new radical possibilities. The icons, monuments and geography of Queertopia present an opportunity to explore future structures of identity, intimacy and legacy.


    Charade is a video by David Birkin filmed in collaboration with the human rights organisation Reprieve, together with over 50 actors and artists including Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Trevor Paglen, Peter Kennard, and Martha Rosler. 

    Taking place at BFI Southbank (Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT), from 6:00 pm – 2:00 am. 


    This film screening is a conversation between four contemporary artists on the struggles, experiments and ongoing questioning that are inherent to the creative process. Each with their own filmic language, they explore what obstacles sometimes underlie creation and how they may overcome them in the pursuit of their artistic visions.

    Taking place at BFI Southbank (Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT) from 6:00 pm – 2:00 am. 


    For his first public performative installation in London, Mexican artist Bosco Sodi will build a 2 meter high by an 8-meter long wall in the riverside square of the National Theatre on London’s South Bank. Muro will comprise 1600 clay bricks, made in Mexico with the help of local craftsmen and individually signed by the artist. Once installed, passers-by will be invited to dismantle the wall brick-by-brick and take part of the artwork home. For Sodi, Muro is more than just an artwork or performance, it is a reminder that when society comes together it can dismantle any kind of barrier. As he says ‘It’s about breaking down walls physically and mentally.’

    Taking place by the National Theatre, South Bank (SE1 9PX), from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 


    Louis Alderson-Bythell and Kate McCambridge present an installation and live performance. The work reconsiders the perceived boundaries delineating body and surface, ‘our’ matter and ‘other’ matter. The skin of the body merges with the skin of the built environment, each becoming an extension of the other. Through movement across the skins, space and place are both inhabited and continually reconstructed.

    Taking place at Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf (Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH) from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 

    Performance at 7:30 – 8:00
    Talk at 8:15 – 9:00

    PLEASE NOTE The performance is being filmed. By participating you consent to your likeness being used in any video, photography or audio materials of the event and waive rights to the usage of these materials.



    Artist Sebastian Kite presents We will meet in the place where there is no darkness, a site-specific installation exploring the relationship between materiality and time. Constructed as a pavilion within the Bargehouse, Kite’s work references back to an Orwellian interrogation room, using light as a material to create an ever-evolving space. 

    Located at Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf, (Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH) from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 


    Ambaradan is a film shot, written and directed with the indigenous tribes in Ethiopia by artist collective Alterazioni Video. The artists imagine a near future, where independent groups of natives resist the advancement of modernization by reorganizing themselves into nomadic tribes, sufficiently technological and independent.

    Taking place at Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf (Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH) from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 


    Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings is a queer-feminist multimedia performance piece, a conceptual closet drama that stages imagined tête-a-têtes with Enlightenment thinkers, writers, and pseudo-scientists using poetic text, dialogue, choreography, installation, recordings, and projections. 

    Taking place at Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf (Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH), from 6:00pm – 12:00 am. 

    Performance at 8pm
    Session running time: 1 hour 

    PLEASE NOTE The performance is being filmed. By participating you consent to your likeness being used in any video, photography or audio materials of the event and waive rights to the usage of these materials.


    Skyglow takes its viewers on a helicopter journey across the City of Angels from Santa Monica’s iconic pier to downtown Los Angeles and back again. The sound and sight of police helicopters whirling above LA at night is a common occurrence: a gesture of surveillance and a warning that crime is close by. But the urban city here is serenely seen from a far distance, the landscape aglow with lights. The ceiling installation is inspired by an inverse observatory experience – look up to the sky to see the city below. 

    Taking place at Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf (Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH), from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 

    (Session running time: 40 minutes on loop).



    The video installation Bait draws parallels between environmental and sexual violence, exploring matters of consent, complicity and the ethics of care. Verkade takes cues from a wide range of speculative theories that consider water as the pivotal element for the origins of agency and resistance. She uses humour and absurdity to draw the viewer into a vortex of multiple considerations and cross-references between fiction and fact, by mixing past, present and future perspectives.

    Taking place at Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf (Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH), from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 

    Session running time: 6 minutes on loop

  • GALLERY 46

    Through multidisciplinary architecture, artists explore the notion of identity within the urban environment, understanding of the resident and of the outsider, what it means to belong and what belonging actually means. Duggie Fields’ digital films reflect themes of iconography present in his paintings of the last five decades. Sean Dower’s video performance, a real-time sequence where the artist tries to maintain his balance, David James ethereal images explore relationships between personal experience and the history of art.

    Taking place at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf (Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH), from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. 


    Enjoying what you're seeing so far and want to continue the Art Night trail further afield into Vauxhall, Battersea and Nine Elms? It's going to be a lovely balmy night to do so...

    Click HERE to find out more on the Art Night 2018 website. 

    Don't forget to tag your pictures of the night on Instagram and Twitter with #artnightldn and #mysouthbank to be in with a chance of getting featured on our pages. 

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 3 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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