Art Night 2021 has now come to an end. Stay tuned for future plans and updates

Art Night is a contemporary art festival, and in 2021 the programme took place across the UK for the first time. The previous 4 festivals happened over one evening in a different London neighbourhood – central London, Whitechapel, the Southbank and Walthamstow.

Curated by Helen Nisbet, Art Night 2021 marked the festival’s fifth edition. To celebrate, Art Night extended its run-time to a full month from 18 June to 18 July and took place throughout the UK.

Through collaborating with partners in towns, cities and villages across the whole country, Art Night is moving towards a more devolved, decentralised and distributed way of working.

The festival continues to put artists and their ideas at the forefront of the programme, towards creating an interconnected, international network for artists, art institutions and audiences.

Art Night 2021 was titled Nothing Compares 2U, after the song penned by Prince and most famously performed by Sinead O’Connor. The programme took inspiration from defiance in small acts and moments of self-determination, both personal and collective.

The 2021 programme featured ambitious, new commissions by: Oona Doherty, Sonya Dyer, Adham Faramawy, Guerrilla Girls, Mark Leckey, Isabel Lewis, Imran Perretta & Paul Purgas, Philomène Pirecki, OOMK, and Alberta Whittle.

Art Night would like to all the partners and co-commissioners and project partners on our 2021 programme – ATLAS Arts, Compton Verney, FACT, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Iniva, g39, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Goethe-Institut, Grand Union, Near Now, New Hall Art Collection, Peak, Somerset House, The Tetley, Towner, Wysing Arts Centre and 180 Studios.

Art Night is a registered charity no 1164449. Please support us by clicking DONATE above.


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Owen O’Leary:


Ksenia Zemtsova,
Director & Co-Founder

Philippine Nguyen,
Director & Co-Founder

Helen Nisbet,
Artistic Director

Louise Hobson,
Associate Curator

Kelly Tsipni Kolaza,
Associate Curator

Shona Cameron,
Creative Producer

Cathy Buckmaster,
Head of Design

Megan McCann,
Head of Communications

Nicola Jeffs & Owen O’Leary
O’Leary Jeffs: PR & Communications

Mollie Barnes
Social Media Manager

Steve Wald,
Technical Director

Andy Downie,
Technical Director

A dancer in a mask dances in front of a blue projection as part of Art Night 2019
People in costume on stage as part of Art Night 2016
Four people dance in formation as part of Art Night 2019
Two Girls sat on a bed with VR Head sets on
A large crcular mirror reflects what resembles greek ruins in a pink room
A blue caravan is suspended high in the air with a skyscraper in the background
4 women dance wit hula hoops on a housing estate in South London


Dilyara Allakhverdova

Nicola Blake

Bertrand Coste, The Search Foundation

Roland Cowan

Shea Goli

Gavin & Simone Kelly

Sigrid Kirk

Vish Kumar

Elizaveta Meshkvicheva

Meeri Moilanen and Nikita Tsukanov

Alison Myners

Valeria Napoleone

Dominic Palfreyman

Veronique Parke

Anastasia Reznikovich

Denis Shafranik

Natasha Tsukanova


Susan and Dominic Hosking

Huma Kabakci

Jona Lueddeckens

Lisa Panting

Simon Price

Morten Schlosser

Luise van Holk

Katy Wickremesinghe

Lang Xiao

Alma Zevi