American Embassy – Art Night on the South Bank

Staff and Students from Haringey Sixth Form College attended US Embassy event on behalf of The Peabody People Services

Haringey Unchained students and Haringey Sixth Form staff members were invited by the Peabody People Services to join many important organisations and twelve internationally renowned artists at the Art Night on the Thames Riverbank on Saturday 7th July 2018.

The U.S. Embassy hosted Art Night, the largest free contemporary arts festival, at their brand new £800 million building in Nine Elms. Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary arts festival. Curated by Hayward Gallery and sponsored in large by Phillips, this annual event creates a magical experience from the South Bank to Battersea Power Station. Visit: for more information.

As part of the festival, the Embassy commissioned several works, participating in this prestigious event for the very first time. Haringey was honoured to be among the selected groups invited to such a special location that is rarely open to the public.

Members of Haringey Unchained represented the college among the large art communities of London. The individuals that attended the event were pleased to have the opportunity to connect with a greater audience, and to promote their work. We were even given an acknowledgment during the Curator’s opening remarks about how privileged they felt to have a set of budding new creatives there to see their show.

Equipped with their recently published Volume 3 of the magazine, Haringey Unchained members circulated the crowd throughout the Embassy, meeting professionals from the Culture and Arts sectors in London. By the end of the evening, they had met and impressed the owner and founder of Helmer Bags – an organisation that would then go on to make a donation that would enable the print run of the 4th edition of the magazine.

It was an absolute pleasure and treat to attend this incredibly inspiring event with the creative community of central London and members of the American Embassy. The writers from Haringey Unchained and myself are so grateful to the Peabody Trust for inviting us along. I was very proud of the way our young creatives were able to engage with people within the field, celebrating and applauding the efforts of our Haringey community through the promotion of our latest edition of the magazine. We brought 50 copies along with us to give away…and we came home with no copies! We hope this will be the beginning of a fruitful partnership between the Embassy and our students.

Angie Smith, Curriculum and Learning Manager for the Creative Departments

“Being invited to the U.S Embassy was truly an honour for us all. We were not only presented with stunning art and a beautiful building, but we were also warmly welcomed by all staff members. Being able to see such success within the art exhibition further encourages me to pursue the art I believe in. It was truly an unforgettable experience that we as a group shared.


“It was so exciting to be invited to attend the Art Night held at the new U.S Embassy, which was decorated with some amazing pieces of art. The event also provided us with opportunities to network with people from different sectors who all shared a common interest in art, and discuss with them the work we do in Haringey Unchained.”