International Contemporary Art Festival Art Night Comes to Dundee This Summer

Art Night is an internationally renowned contemporary art festival set up in 2015 by Philippine Nguyen and Ksenia Zemtsova. In 2021 it went national for the first time, engaging with audiences at a range of museums, galleries and outdoor spaces across the UK as well as being open to audiences globally through a series of newly commissioned online works.

On 24th of June 2023, the art festival will deliver its first full iteration in a city outside London and the location will be Dundee. Over one packed weekend, organisers will present ten major new commissions primarily around Dundee’s city centre by internationally significant and emerging artists. The free festival will be brought to Dundee in partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and includes collaboration with V&A Dundee; Creative Dundee; NeoN Digital Arts; Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee; GENERATOR projects; Dundee City Council, Dundee Heritage, and Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

Between 2016 and 2019, Art Night has delivered four editions of the festival in London in collaboration with major partners such as The Hayward Gallery and the ICA and showing work by globally significant artists such as Barbara Kruger; Joan Jonas; Zadie Xa; Celia Hempton; Mark Leckey; Christine Sun Kim; Frances Stark and Alberta Whittle. The one edition that took place across the UK and online during the Pandemic in 2021, included an outdoor commission by the Guerrilla Girls in Dundee, which was also installed in further sites across Scotland, England and Wales alongside other works and projects. Since 2019, Art Night has been curated by Artistic Director Helen Nisbet, a Shetland and London based curator, along with a team of curators and project workers based in Dundee. 

Many of the commissions will be developed in partnership with local communities and the majority will be developed as co-commissions with local, national and international partners. Local artists and arts workers will be employed by the festival. Some works will be installed longer than the festival weekend for audiences to engage with across the summer of 2023, and one work will be gifted to a local collection after the project ends, creating further legacy of the festival in the city. It can be announced now that one commission will be a new work by Turner Prize winning artist Tai Shani. The full artist line up will be revealed later in 2023.

DCA Director Beth Bate said “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Art Night to bring this exciting programme of new commissions to Dundee. Our city, with its lively visual arts scene and world class galleries and museums, is a perfect location for Art Night’s first full festival outside London, and we can’t wait to share the full programme with our audiences.”

Art Night Dundee is funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and, like its previous editions, is free to attend.

Irene Brown

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