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Art Night with Whitechapel Gallery to transform London’s East End

Art Night with Whitechapel Gallery to transform London’s East End

Unlimited Productions and Whitechapel Gallery’s annual festival Art Night 2017 will take place throughout the city’s East End during the night of Saturday 1 July. It will be curated with independent curator and writer Fatos Ustek. New commissions and work premiering in the UK by leading contemporary artists will be presented across more than ten historically significant sites in East London, including Whitechapel Gallery.

The festival is conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions, who were inspired by Paris’ popular ‘Nuit Blanche’.

Each year, working in close collaboration with a leading cultural institution and an independent curator, a London borough is transformed for a night of unforgettable art.

The first Art Night in London took place on Saturday 2 July 2016 and was guest-curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) with curator Kathy Noble. Generously supported by international auction house Phillips alongside public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Fatos Ustek recently curated fig-2, a ground-breaking project initiated by OUTSET which presented 50 exhibitions in 50 consecutive weeks throughout 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, and acted as associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.  For Art Night 2017, Ustek will be working with Whitechapel Gallery to explore the history, culture and architecture of the East End.

Phillips is the main partner of Art Night as part of its commitment to supporting arts & culture through its worldwide programme of Arts Partnerships. New support from Bloomberg Philanthropies has been secured for the festival in 2017, as well as production support from OUTSET.

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Image credit: Gunes Terkol, Home is my Heart, 2017. Courtesy the Artist and Art Night 2017. Photo: Chris Nash

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