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Out and About on the Art Night trail: South Bank

Art Night
June 28, 2018

With so many artists and projects for Art Night 2018 (over 70!), as the festival approaches, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on the full length of the Art Night trail! This year, Art Night is weaving a nocturnal path between Battersea Power Station and South Bank,  via Vauxhall and Nine Elms. The most ambitious trial to date – set in one of the most culturally distinct parts of London. Continuing on from our previous blog posts highlighting Nine Elms & Battersea and Vauxhall, here’s a guide of things to do and see at the South Bank during Art Night:

On 7 July, the South Bank, will feature two Hayward Gallery curated artist projects: Yuan Goang Ming at the Hayward Gallery and Liv Wynter’s event RUPTURE at the Garden Museum. In addition, the South Bank will play host to the Art Night 2018 Film School at the BFI, plus 24 projects by local artists and galleries throughout the South Bank area in the Art Night Open programme, with everything from performance, installations and film screenings to interactive games and workshops, all in unusual and exciting spaces.

Coming towards South Bank from Vauxhall, theGarden Museum is located in the deconsecrated church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth, on the river next to Lambeth Palace. On the night of the 7th of July, it will be transformed by Liv Wynter for RUPTURE, with performances split into three acts at 8pm, 10pm and 12am:  spoken word and poetry; DRAG and dance performances; and live music and DJs.

Onwards, you can stop by one of the countless restaurants and bars in South Bank (more on that below!) and then at the Hayward Gallery, appreciate the Brutalist facade before entering the superficially comfortable living room of Yuan Goang-Ming’s Dwelling video installation, with screenings from 6pm–4am. A pioneer of Taiwanese video art, Yuan’s work for Art Night is a continuation of his investigation into the cultural nuances of ‘home’, ‘dwelling’ and ‘ruins’.

Yuan Goang-Ming, Dwelling-Moment III, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

With so much going on, you probably haven’t even considered how you will travel to the South Bank, so why not use one of the more unique ways? For Art Night the MBNA Thames Clippers will run a bespoke boat service between London Eye Pier and Battersea Power Station via St George Pier in Vauxhall from 7pm–4am. For Art Night the service is a little different, as it becomes a floating arts bar designed by Bompas and Parr, celebrating the humble potato through food and cocktails.

From the London Eye Pier, take The Queen’s Walk on the embankment towards the Hayward Gallery. With views of Big Ben and the London Eye, the walk is a spectacular way to spend the evening as the sun sets and the night-time awakens.

Leake Street Arches – a walkway adorned in graffiti art – is worth a visit before Art Night, and during the festival, it will be transformed by installation, soundscape and performance. The tunnel will host Lucky23 and graffiti artist SODA, Andreas Johansson’s installation piece A Wire Fence Gate And Its Shadow, with Andreas Levisianos and Nikolas Ventourakis presenting a soundscape piece alongside this. Meanwhile Christopher MatthewsLads draws on dance and art histories to explore idealised physical form, class structure and notions of masculinity. In Uncertain Subjects Part II, by Uta Kögelsberger, a billboard performance bears testimony to a city undergoing a fundamental transformation against the wishes of the majority of its residents. The immersive arts and events venue Aures London will, for one night only and in celebration of Art Night 2018 and Pride in London, present Gabriel Mulvey and Paul Coombs’ live re-imaginings of their geolocated video work Backbone in twelve acts. Also at Aures, Zabludowicz Collections brings together the respective practices of New York based artist Peter Burr and London based musician Oliver Coates, an audio-visual performance which unfolds in real time.

©Nikolas Ventourakis, 2018

We take pride in shining a light across the city’s many wonderful spaces and venues. One of these many iconic spots include the Southbank Undercroft, an integral part of the South Bank and called the ‘spiritual home of British skating’. During Art Night the park will host performance and exhibition From Palace to Palace, which traces South London’s skateboarding spots through the decades; celebrating sanctuaries for the UK’s weathered skate scene.

Louis Alderson-Bythell and Kate McCambridge

Meanwhile at the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf, there are many different artists projects to discover. Louis Alderson-Bythell and Kate McCambridge present an installation and live performance while Duggie Fields, Sean Dower, David James explore the notion of identity through multidisciplinary architecture. If you’re into video installations, there’s Jeff Cain’s Skyglow (2008/2018), Alterazioni Video’s Ambaradan (2014) and Puck Verkade’s Bait, which draws parallels between environmental and sexual violence, exploring matters of consent, complicity and the ethics of care. Combining video with performance at the same venue is Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings by Sophie Seita – a queer-feminist multimedia performance piece. 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.

Sebastian Kite (2017)

In the foyer of the BFI, Daata Editions will screen Queertopia, an online project curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley, in the foyer at BFI from 6pm–12am. Queertopia is a collection of work that reviews the existence of queer communities and their spaces. Also not to miss while at the BFI is David Birkin’s Charade, screening until 2am; the video was filmed in collaboration with the human rights organisation Reprieve, together with over 50 actors and artists. Curator Louise Chignac presents a film screening of Pierre Huyghe, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost in conversation on the struggles, experiments and ongoing questioning that are inherent to the creative process.

Then just a stone’s throw away from the BFI, hop over to the National Theatre Riverside Square, for the first public performative installation in London by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. Sodi will build a 2-meter-high by 8-meter-long wall in the riverside square for Muro.  Passers–by will be invited to dismantle the wall brick-by-brick and take part of the artwork home!

From river to farm, Pervilion present a major performative sound work by Sasha Pirogova at Oasis Farm Waterloo. Then at the Old Paradise Yard, Anne Sylvie Henchoz and Philippe Daerendinger present a performance and sculpture based on their artist book, edited by TSAR: Don’t Forget to Touch Me. Going inside gallery walls, at Morley College, Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price presents txtʃərz: a new two-screen video installation.

Elizabeth Price, txtʃərz

At the King George V Room in the Marriott, two performances transform the space. 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. PIROUETTE is a performance by Lithuanian artist Lina Lapelyte.

Food and Drink

For sustenance in the South Bank area, there are various special late-openings and offers for Art Night. Stop by Marriott Hotel County Hall for the delicious new cocktail ‘Art Night’, served all day on 7 July. Fuel yourself with some street food at Southbank Centre Food Market (open until 8pm) or quote ‘Art Night’ to choose any cocktails and a sharing platter for £29.50 at Park Plaza County Hall until 11pm. Make a reservation in Primo at Brasserie Joel quoting ‘Art Night’ and after dinner enjoy 2-for-1 on any cocktails of your choice whilst enjoying live music until 11.30pm. Alternatively enjoy £5.50 Aperol Spritz at Florentine Restaurant and Bar!

Take this route through the South Bank or design your own on the Art Night website, where all Hayward Gallery curated projects and Art Night Open Projects are listed by area. So the question is, where will you spend your Art Night?

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Words: Emma Townsend

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