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Out and About on the Art Night trail: Nine Elms & Battersea

Art Night
June 15, 2018

This year, the Art Night trail begins by the iconic Battersea Power Station and runs through to the South Bank, via Vauxhall and Nine Elms. We’re here to take you through the things to see and do in the Nine Elms area, whether on Art Night itself or in the coming weeks.

On 7 July Nine Elms will feature four Hayward Gallery-curated artist projects: Suzanne Treister by Battersea Power Station, Tamara Henderson at New Covent Garden Market, Miao Ying at Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite, Jeremy Deller at Prince of Wales Drive. In addition, the Art Night Open programme of local artists and galleries have projects across the Battersea area, including a screening of video works from the David Roberts Collection followed by a club night in collaboration with Lisson Gallery in Battersea Power Station Village Hall and exhibitions in Pump House Gallery and Nine Elms Pavillion. While you are exploring the art on offer, don’t miss the chance to appreciate the area itself. The Art Night map will guide you towards some of its biggest landmarks.

Image courtesy of Battersea Power Station

First, Battersea Power Station, which you can’t miss: it’s one of world’s largest brick buildings. It was designed by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed Bankside Power Station – later Tate Modern. The two buildings are now conveniently only a boat ride away from each other. There will be a bespoke MBNA Thames Clippers service from Battersea Pier running until 4am for Art Night, so don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful travel opportunities the river provides. Early bird tickets will be on sale from 16 June.

You’ll be able to appreciate Battersea Power Station itself with its trademark chimneys illuminated in their full glory as it serves as a backdrop for Suzanne Treister’s 80m long mural, SURVIVOR (F) + Interplanetary Dresses For Space Travel (2018), featuring watercolours from her SURVIVOR (F) project combined with images of the power station’s iconic chimneys.

Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station will be transformed into the Art Night 2018 Festival Square, hosting workshops and artist projects, as well as providing information and limited edition merchandise on the night. There will be a floristry workshop hosted by Moyses Stevens, and a print workshop taking place in The CoffeeWorks Project.

For those hungry (and not only for art), there will be special menus and late openings in many of the restaurants in Circus West Village. Dine at the local Italian Fiume, where there will be a special Art Night cocktail, stay at Mother London after your pizza for experimental music and try out Wright Brothers, the famous seafood merchants from Borough (if you are into seafood there will be another opportunity to enjoy it here with the London Seafood Festival happening later this month from 20-24 June). Not only are there many food offers, but drinks as well: try a wine flight at Vagabond, or have an espresso martini at The CoffeeWorks Project while you have a go at the printmaking workshop with Portable Print Studio.

Image courtesy of Mother Restaurant

Battersea Brewery will be running a pop up bar on the Circus Village West piazza where you can enjoy their new lager. Later, after Marinella Senatore’s London Procession, if you’re inspired to dance head to the the Village Hall at Battersea Power Station located under the arches in Circus West Village, where you’ll have a chance to experience Lisson Gallery’s club night, following the video screenings from the David Roberts Collection. Enjoy drinks and seasonal dishes at No.29 Power Station West while experiencing Queertopia  a collection of artists’ films curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley for Daata Editions in the downstairs screen room.

Find out more about Festival Square here. 

If you head east from Battersea Power Station, you’ll come to New Covent Garden Market.

Tamara Henderson at Flower Market. Image courtesy of the artist.

The nocturnal market is the largest wholesale market in UK and supplies numerous retailers, and it is probably the place that is most wide awake in London at 4am. Instead of its usual produce, during Art Night you will find various art installations, including Tamara Henderson’s performance Vision 3: Flowering Transition (2018). Henderson’s work from her recent Kiln Residency at CASS Sculpture foundation will feature in her performance involving eight characters derived from the life cycle of plants. Before going inside you will be able to see Anna Skladmann’s site-specific installation on the building front of the Flower Market, Ghost In The Machine. Up on the Upper Car Park in New Covent Garden Market, take part in Özge Topçu’s project Agora – in the run up to Art Night the artist will hold a series of workshops in which she will ask the participants to come up with designs for alternative public spaces. You can get involved here.

To keep you up past midnight, stop at Black Cab Coffee located at Riverlight opposite Embassy Gardens, where you can sip espresso and watch the futuristic performance SHATTERED HEARTS OF GLASS 2099 by Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Rebecca Jagoe, Mati Jhurry and Zoe Marden from 6pm–midnight.

Miao Ying, Chinternetplus, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Further east down Nine Elms Lane you will find Embassy Gardens next to the new U.S. Embassy, displaying the work of Miao Ying at their Marketing Suite.  Visit the Embassy Gardens’ show apartments for Miao Ying’s VR experience, conceived as a form of ‘lifestyle hypnotism,’ responding to this years themes of ‘home’ and ‘urban landscape.’

We look forward to welcoming you to this historic yet vibrant area south of the river…

Words: Anna Kovaleva @a_n_y_a 

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