Art Night Associate Programme 2017: Cache by Candida Powell-Williams at London’s iconic Devonshire Square
Presented by Bosse & Baum
Art Night 2017, East London, July 1
Central Courtyard, Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YE
(entrance via New Street or Harrow Place)
18:00- 00:00, Free entry
Cache at Devonshire Square_Press Release
Bosse & Baum is pleased to present Candida Powell-Williams’s interactive site-specific installation inside Devonshire Square’s outdoorat Devonshire Square’s historic Central Courtyard courtyard, as part of Art Night’s 2017 Associate Programme.
Taking place for the first time alongside the second edition of Art Night, the Associate Programme features a roster of nocturnal events by 31 local organisations and site-specific projects by 29 independent artists and curators in locations across the East End, as far spread as the Docklands and London Fields, opening up the city in unique and creative ways for the night of Saturday 1 July 2017. The participants were invited via an Open Call to reflect on the history and future of the area, emphasising the urban environment and contributing to the late-night celebratory spirit of Art Night.
The origins of Devonshire Square form the starting point of Candida Powell-William’s sculptural and performative intervention. The complex of warehouses, built by the East India Company in the late 1700s, stored luxury goods mostly from Bengal. Powell-Williams’ work for this project draws imagery from the textiles housed there and mixes them with cultural references as well as the site’s contemporary uses, folding into and combing the past with the present. The work, a series of sculptural jigsaw-like rug pieces, explores the disintegration and fragmentation of patterns as a means to reflect on our present day relationship to the site’s history. Powell-Williams’s installation will be animated by an interactive performance taking places throughout the evening.
Candida Powell-Williams, said:
“This year’s Art Night theme has a particular resonance with my own research. I am always interested in engaging my audience in the history of their surroundings as a way of considering identity and informing our future. I am delighted to have developed a new work specifically responding to the interesting and at times difficult history of East London. “
Patrizia Sechi, Customer Experience & Events Manager, said:
“Devonshire Square is the perfect place to host the striking art work from Candida Powell-Williams. The courtyard, which is steeped in London’s history and surrounded by the estates historic buildings will provide a strong backdrop as well as being the inspiration for Candida’s engaging art. Art Night is a unique opportunity for Londoner’s and tourists alike to experience bodies of work in situ, which have been influenced by their surroundings. Devonshire Square’s central location at the heart of the City makes it a fantastic destination for art lovers on the Art Night.”
Art Night 2017 is held in 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.
Candida Powell-Williams’ project for the Art Night 2017 Associate Programme is kindly supported by Devonshire Square.