Art Night 2019 has now taken place. For more information on Art Night 2020, taking place on the Strand on Saturday 20 June, visit 2020.artnight.london.


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

Art Night 2019 is curated by Helen Nisbet and takes place in Walthamstow and King’s Cross on 22 June with a small selection of projects open for the Family Trail on 23 June. The Art Night Open is a selection of over 40 independently curated projects selected through an open call.


Curated by Helen Nisbet with Associate Curators Amy Budd and Laura McFarlane. The Curated Programme takes inspiration from London pop group East 17’s 1993 song It’s Alright.

Don't you worry, cos it's alright, don't you worry, child of the night

Art Night 2019 will occupy places people are brought together in everyday life – the market, cinema, pub, community centre, library, shopping mall, museum, car park, school, places of worship and the street.

Consisting of 12 major commissions, the Curated Programme has been conceived in response to the physical context of these sites and the communities who use them. Each artist was invited to consider Hope, Love and The Future and the ideas these words conjure, imagining how we might care for and support each other amidst a time of political and cultural uncertainty.


Presented alongside these 12 projects is the Art Night Open programme, directed by Zarina Rossheart. Art Night Open is the festival’s programme of independently curated projects selected through an annual Open Call with the help of an invited jury, alongside new and ambitious Art Night Open Partner Projects shortlisted by the festival.  Considering the ideas around Hope, Love and The Future, over 40 artistic projects and site-specific interventions will be presented in this year’s Art Night Open programme.

For the 2019 Open Call selection, Art Night Open Programme Director Zarina Rossheart was joined by an appointed jury panel consisting of: Artist Larry Achiampong; Writer, Curator and Deputy Editor of Elephant Magazine Louise Benson; Writer, Curator and Editor Paul Clinton; Creative Director for Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 Sam Hunt; Worldwide Deputy Chairman at Phillips Svetlana Marich; and Artistic Director of Art Night 2019, Helen Nisbet.

Download the Visitor Guide here: AN2019_VISITOR GUIDE_22 JUNE


Art Night is generously supported by international auction house Phillips for the fourth year running, and this year takes place as part of the official programme for the first ever Mayor's London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest.


Waltham Forest is the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture. The award, the flagship programme in his culture strategy, was a major new initiative launched by Sadiq to put culture at the heart of London’s communities. More than 15,000 people backed Waltham Forest’s bid, which aims to inspire 85% of households to participate in the cultural year, engage every school in the area in arts and culture, and to attract over half a million new visitors to the borough.

The year will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives creating a once in a life time celebration of the place we call ‘home’.

Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here.


Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st Century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in London, New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world, and is committed to supporting contemporary arts and culture through a worldwide programme of Arts Partnerships.

Visit www.phillips.com for further information.