Art Night Open: Karaoke, football & more

Published 18 April 2019 by Charlie Marshall

Even more artist projects and events announced as part of the Art Night Open programme.

With just over two months to go until Art Night takes over Walthamstow, the event has announced more than 40 projects that will run as part of the epic overnight festival on 22 June. And from the first ever art world football cup to an animated William Morris for the digital age, you are not going to miss any of it!

Art Night takes place from 5pm in King’s Cross and 7pm in Walthamstow as part of the official Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 programme. 

Alongside the previously announced commissions of 12 major artworks that will be available to view on the night, Art Night Open is a programme of independently curated projects that are selected through an annual Open Call with the help of an invited jury. 

This year’s jury comprised of Art Night Open Programme Director Zarina Rossheart, artist Larry Achiampong, writer, curator and Deputy Editor of Elephant Magazine Louise Benson; writer, curator and editor Paul Clinton; London Borough of Culture 2019’s Creative Director Sam Hunt, Worldwide Deputy Chairman at Phillips Svetlana Marich and Artistic Director of Art Night 2019, Helen Nisbet.

Considering ideas around Hope, Love and The Future, the jury chose over 40 artistic projects and site-specific interventions for 2019’s two sites, with exhibitions and events ranging from multimedia installations, film screenings and live performances, through to karaoke, a gong sound bath, a laughter yoga workshop and the art world's first ever football cup. 

The Walthamstow projects will take over Walthamstow Market – Europe’s longest market – with performance, immersive installations and karaoke.

Artist Byzantia Harlow will embed herself within the community ahead of the festival to develop her second re-iteration of Grey Market (2016), working for the market stall-holders and high-street shops in exchange for daily conversations, anecdotes and memories of the market. These stories and interactions will be interwoven with fictitious narrative to inform a script for a live work performed on the evening of Art Night. Presented by Pervillion, Human Microphone, a participatory karaoke project by Dorothy Feaver & Stella Scott, will invite visitors to sustain a night devoted to one track: Stay Another Day by East 17 at Walthamstow’s The Chequers pub.

Walthamstow-based artist Charlie Coffey will work closely with independent fishmongers, N&A Fish Shop to develop a new site-specific work that, referencing the everyday rituals in the store, turning it into a lullaby to the market at night. 

Further Art Night Open projects events in Walthamstow will include:

●    Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre will host the very first OOF Cup, an art world five-a-side football tournament presented by the team behind the world's first art and football magazine, OOF. 

●    Hervisions, a Waltham Forest-based femme and LGBTQI+ focused curating and commissioning agency, will be showcasing a selection of new media works exploring ‘hope through love in the digital age’ presented in several internet cafes and phone/computer repair shops dotted around Walthamstow High Street and Hoe Street.

●    Rambling through treasures salvaged from local waste tips, charity shops, and cupboards under the stairs at the Quaker Meeting House, artists Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins will activate hoards of Walthamstow clutter to conjure humorous interconnected stories using speech, music and action.

●    The Garden Room in the Vestry House Museum will host Forcing Tastes, an experimental short film by Walthamstow-based artist Nisha Duggal, that animates the work and words of William Morris for the digital age. 

●    Nearby at Vestry Road Playground, athlete and artist Beth Kettel will debut a new performance activating community space in the heart of Walthamstow, commissioned and produced by Forma. Drawing from collaborations with local clubs – including an all voice choir and local basketball team – Kettel will reimagine the Multi-Use Games Area as an arena for meaning and troublemaking. 

Local venues and organisations including the drawing shed, Wood Street Walls and others will host further Art Night Open events, with more details to be announced closer to the festival dates. 

People also have the chance to see a number of projects the following day from 12pm to 4pm for Art Night’s Sunday Trail. Visit the Art Night website for the full line-up of 2019 events in Walthamstow.