Dear Art Night family,

Concerned with the global health crisis and safety of our communities, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Art Night 2020.

We owe it to our team, our artists, and our audience (that’s you) to follow the latest advice from the government and World Health Organisation – and to ensure that the all night contemporary art festival takes place in a responsible and safe way.

As the medical community is now advising everyone to avoid large social gatherings, it is now safer to postpone Art Night to Summer 2021. A fixed date should be announced in the next few months.

Our current situation is going to have a huge impact on the many fantastic people we work with, and will of course affect every single aspect of our festival. Art Night is a registered charity, and relies solely on donations and support from partners to stay afloat.

Our first priority is to look after our team of freelancers and artists; to support them in these testing times.

If you are able to support Art Night via a donation, or if you would like to speak to someone from our team about hiring us out for consultancy and commissioning, please contact us at hello@artnight.london.

While we are excited to share the confirmed programme of artists whose commissions we will now present in Summer 2021, things are subject to change in the coming months but we hope this gives us all something to look forward to next year.

In the interim we’d like to use our newsletter and social media as a platform for hope and dreams, solidarity and care. We will share updates from our 2020 artists throughout this period of uncertainty, and we will keep the conversation alive through livestreams, archival content, and human connection.

To all of the Art Night community: Nothing Compares 2 U.

Stay safe, stay kind, and see you again soon.


Art Night is London’s all-night free contemporary art festival. Each year, Art Night invites a leading cultural institution or curator to explore the history, culture and architecture of a different part of London, inspiring a series of new commissions, one off events and premieres by international and local artists from all stages of their careers.

Curated by Helen Nisbet, Art Night will soon celebrate five editions. Transforming iconic and unexpected public spaces within the city, the festival will return to the site of the first edition to celebrate its five-year anniversary: The Strand on the North Bank of the Thames.

Titled Nothing Compares 2U, after the song penned by Prince and most famously performed by Sinead O’ Connor, the programme for Art Night 2020 takes inspiration from defiance in small acts and moments of self-determination, in everyday life, politics, music and literature.

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


Ksenia Zemtsova,
Director & Co-Founder

Philippine Nguyen,
Director & Co-Founder

Helen Nisbet,
Artistic Director

Louise Hobson,
Creative Producer

Kelly Tsipni Kolaza,
Associate Curator

Shona Cameron,
Creative Producer

Cathy Buckmaster,
Head of Design

Megan McCann,
Head of Communications

Georgia Sowerby,
Marketing 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