Candida Powell-Williams:

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Art Night London

1 July 2017

Candida Powell-Williams’s interactive site-specific installation titled Cache took place inside Devonshire Square’s outdoor 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.


Art Night 2017 saw London’s East End transformed with free art and music by some of the world’s leading artists for the night of Saturday 1 July 2017. Audiences experienced a trail of art, architecture, dance, design and music throughout the night. Art Night 2017 was in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and curated by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek. Art Night was inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, first initiated in Paris in 2002. From Riga to Toronto, via Melbourne and Tokyo, this free-to-attend nocturnal celebration of arts and the city was staged in more than 30 cities worldwide and keeps expanding around the globe.

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