Art Night 2021 marathon

Art Night 2021 marathon

  • Thu 15 Jul 2021
  • 8–11pm
  • Online
  • Free, no booking required
  • All films were open/closed captioned with thanks to the artists, Collective Text and Sara Morrison with support from Wysing Arts Centre and the Art Night team

We partnered with Art Night 2021 to bring you the Art Night marathon.

This year, to celebrate Art Night’s online programme, we screened all broadcast works across one evening on Thursday 15 July. Audiences were invited to join us through the night – with drinks and dinner, on a laptop in bed, or with friends in a dark room with the volume up high, in Skye, Swansea, London, Kampala, or wherever they may be.

The 2021 festival was titled Nothing Compares 2U after the song written by Prince and most famously performed by Sinead O’ Connor. The title acted as a frame for the festival, pulling at a thread of defiance and both personal and collective self determination which ran throughout the programme.

The broadcast began with a body crashing through a bus shelter window and ended with the hypnotic syntax of the tala rhythmic system.

Running order

  • Mark Leckey
  • Adham Faramawy, The heart wants what the heart wants
  • Philomène Pirecki, The Scrying Eye 
  • OOMK, STUART Papers
  • Oona Doherty, Hunter Filmed  
  • Isabel Lewis, What can we learn about love from lichen? 
  • Sonya Dyer, HFO: Andromeda
  • Alberta Whittle, HOLDING THE LINE: a refrain in two parts
  • Imran Perretta & Paul Purgas


The marathon was broadcast in partnership with Somerset House and hosted on our homepage and also on the websites of our partners: Art Review, ATLAS Arts, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library, Grand Union, Near Now, New Hall Art Collection, Peak, Wysing Arts Centre, The Tetley and 180 Studios.