The Cass announced as partner for all-night art extravaganza

The Cass has been announced as one of the partner venues for Art Night 2017, a contemporary arts festival which will transform the East End for one summer night.
Date: 28 March 2017

On Saturday 1 July 2017 a number of historic and iconic sites across the East End, including The Cass, will form the stage for a series of free art, performance and music from the early evening until dawn as part of Art Night 2017.

The Cass will host a window display by Turkish artist Güneş Terkol, created in collaboration with residents from the Middlesex Street Estate, one of the two remaining Council Housing Estates in the City of London.

Local residents have been invited to take part in workshops to produce a banner for display at The Cass, sharing their dreams and desires as well as their relationship to their neighbourhood and the city at large.

The banner will be used as inspiration for a permanent mural on one of the Middlesex Street Estate’s external walls, due to be unveiled during Art Night and supported by a procession through the streets of Petticoat Lane Market.

The festival takes place during The Cass Summer Show 2017, which runs from 23 June to 8 July, and visitors on the night will also be able to view an exhibition showcasing work from 3D, interiors and visual communications students from The Cass.

This year’s festival draws inspirations from the East End’s rich history and the cosmopolitan and creative environments of today. Many of the festival’s commissions are site-specific works which respond directly to the area’s fascinating buildings and locations.

The line up also includes Jake and Dinos Chapman animating a vacant warehouse at London Dock, guided meditation with Ian Whittlesea in the Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge and Melanie Manchot invites the public to join a mass dance class hosted in Exchange Square at Broadgate.

Art Night is inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris in 2002. The festival was conceived and organised by Unlimited Productions who, each year, invite an institution and curator to work in a different area of London.

Art Night 2017 is a collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and curated by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek. The festival is generously supported by international auction house Phillips. A group of Art Night Guides will be present at each site, guiding audiences and answering questions about the works and sites.

Image: Güneş Terkol, Against the Current (detail), 2013, embroidery on fabric, 200 x 300cm. Courtesy of the artist.