Itinerary: 24 hours of art in London

  • 18 August 2016

Celebrate the launch of London Underground's Night Tube; from dusk to dawn see works by Frink, Rembrandt and Pollock across London.

10pm-1am: Mile End Art Pavilion

The Art Pavilion is a gallery space within Mile End Park. Earth roofed and close to the Regents Canal, its spacious and light filled interior and unique architecture play host to a rotating series of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

1am-3am: St. Paul's

Paternoster, also known as Shepherd and Sheep, is a 1975 bronze sculpture by Elisabeth Frink and installed in Paternoster Square. The square, which sits in the shadow of St Paul's cathedral, is also home to Paternoster Vents, also known as Angel's Wings, an outdoor 2002 sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick.

3am-5am: King's Cross

This giant “birdcage” in Battle Bridge Place, the concourse between King's Cross and St Pancras international, is Jacques Rival’s artwork IFO (Identified Flying Object). The huge white installation has bars wide enough for people to walk through and enjoy the swing that hangs at its centre. By night, the artwork comes alive in an array of neon colours, lighting up Battle Bridge Place.

5am-8am: Victoria

Wind Sculpture is a site-specific sculpture by artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, unveiled in April 2014 as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London. The sculpture explores the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time. The work echoes the sails from Yinka Shonibare’s Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, now on permanent display outside the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

8.30am-10am: St Paul's

In the South Quire Aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral, is a video work created by Bill Viola and Kira Perov and opened in May 2014. Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) shows four individuals, across four colour vertical plasma screens, being martyred by the four classical elements. The piece explores the human capacity to withstand pain, suffering or even death in the name of belief.

 Tate Modern © Iwan Baan

10am-12pm: Blackfriars

The Millennium Bridge connects St Paul's cathedral and Tate Modern, and enjoys uninterrupted views of London's skyline. Originally the Tate collection was held at Millbank (now Tate Britain), but after the additions of Tate Liverpool in the 1980s and Tate St Ives in the 1990s, the decision was made to create a second London gallery specifically for modern and international art. Having recently opened the Switch House extension, Tate Modern is one of the most visited museums in the world. Their current exhibition of works by Georgia O'Keefe displays not just her flower paintings, for which she is most well-known, but also her experiments with music, colour 

12pm-3pm: Oxford Circus

This station is just five minutes away from the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography, with exhibitions ranging from the latest emerging talent to established artists: The Photographers' Gallery. The gallery's current exhibition, Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity​, explores black dandyism through street and studio photography. 

3pm-5pm: Lancaster Gate

A short walk through Hyde Park will bring you to the Serpentine Gallery, where over 1,600 artists have exhibited in its 43 year history. Located a quick walk from its sister site, the Serpentine Sackler gallery also features a programme of exhibitions and events that extend across both galleries and into the park. Alex Katz's exhibition of plein air paintings is currently on display at the Serpentine Gallery, and at the Sackler and exhibition of Etel Adnan's paintings, drawings, poetry, film and tapestry is on show.

5pm-8pm: Tottenham Court Road

Housing more than 2,300 works, most of which are on permanent view, the National Gallery is one of the greatest assemblies of Western European art in the world. The permanent display includes work by Titian, Botticelli, and Velazquez and their summer exhibition, Painters Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck, investigates the art collections of artists like Thomas Lawrence, Matisse and Degas.

8pm-10pm: Green Park

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is the country's oldest society concerned solely with the fine arts. The collection focuses on British art and artists and mainly ranges from the 18th century to the present day. Among the highlights are major works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, and Hockney. As well as being part of the permanent collection, Hockney's work is also on display in the Royal Academy of Arts' current exhibition 82 portraits and 1 still life.

The London Underground is operating a 24 hour Night Tube service on the Central and Victoria lines from 19 August.

Want to see more art? With a National Art Pass you get free entry to over 225 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK. You also get half price entry to major exhibitions. 

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