Command Lines is an exhibition by artist Candida Powell-Williams which will be on display at Void Gallery from 25th June – 24th August 2019. The preview will take place on Friday 21st June on the Summer Solstice. As part of the preview, there will be a performance choreographed by the artist. Animating the sculptural forms, the dancers will configure and reconfigure architectural structures found in the artist’s invented tarot cards. Set to meditation music and metamorphosing between each tableaux, dancers pierce and divide the space in a choreography inspired by spiritualist diagrams.

sonic arrangements in the infinite fill - Candida Powell-Williams

RIOT! for Foyle Pride

Void is delighted to be working with Out NorthWest and Foyle Pride Festival once again.

Generously funded by the Change Something Fund, we are looking forward to welcoming LGBTQ+ youth to the gallery this Friday 23rd for  RIOT! a day of activities programmed by Xavier Beardwood. 

Join us for a day of interactive workshops with Taryn de Vere, Shannon Patterson, as well as the launch of the Youth Equality in Education initiative and a discussion about art and activism!


Headpiece Design & Jewellery Making with Taryn de Vere

12-1pm Headpiece Design

1-4pm Jewellery Making

Join 'Joy Bringer' Taryn de Vere for a colourful headpiece design and jewellery-making workshop as part of our Foyle Pride Festival celebrations.

Void is delighted to be partnering once again with Foyle Pride on a week of creative activities that will get you in the mood for the festival!

We are especially delighted to welcome Taryn de Vere who will run a jewellery making workshop on Friday 23rd from 12-4pm. You’ll get to wear your creations with pride on Saturday 24th!

Badge Design & Making with Shannon Patterson

Bring along your own ideas, pictures or artwork to create your own unique badge.




Youth Equality in Education Launch


Join Xavier Beardwood (Youth Equality in Education speaker), Taryn de Vere, and Shannon Patterson as they discuss 'What does activism mean to you?' and 'Using art methods for Activism'.

All events are free – just drop in!

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Art Bootcamp

Saturday 17th August


Ages 11+ (8 participant max.)

£5 materials fee

Due to enormous success of the Art Bootcamp that Void ran in July, we are running a one day workshop with Karen Cassidy on the 17th August. With different techniques investigated, this session is a great way to introduce young people to the current exhibition using various art movements including Dada and street art and a variety of medium from drawing, collage to sculpting. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch.Juices and treats will be provided.


Finissage – Live Performance

sonic arrangements in the infinite fill


Saturday 24th August at 7pm, on the Walker Plinth, Derry City Walls


sonic arragements in the infinite fill is a new site-specific performance on the Derry Walls’ Walker Plinth by artist Candida Powell-Williams in collaboration with Echo Echo Dance Theatre. Sound, movement and costume will combine to explore the dualism of repelling and attracting, taking the transformation of the city walls from defensive architecture to tourist attraction as the starting point.

The dancers will take gestural direction from Powell-William’s first sound piece, synthesised from her ongoing series of ceramic bell idols. Like the walls, bells also repel and attract, worn to fend off evil spirits and simultaneously denote the time of worship therefore bringing people to them. Her bells are based on 7th-6th century BC goddess idols which signifying the forces of nature and the onward march of time. Inspired by the bell idol’s freely moveable legs, the dancers choreography is agile and powerful, taking advantage of all the potential manoeuvres of the spine and legs creating curves, spirals, twists, ripples, knotting together and pushing apart, their costumes inspired by amour and bell shaped forms.

The performance will finish on the Walker plinth which was the base for a neo classical column that once stretched up into the sky. Columns and bell towers are architectural forms designed to lift us up, to the passage between the worlds, to link us to the notion of what is beyond. The plinth’s now absent column, makes the space between land and the universe available to fill with a new ritual linking the body to the limitless sky.

Powell-William’s artistic practice often plays with the contested meaning of symbols. Her ongoing series of bell idols work with the duality of a figurative sculpture and a functional object and are part of a larger enquiry into conduits for practicing meditative rituals. 


Tours & Lectures

Artist's Talk

21 June, 6pm

Join Candida Powell-Williams for an informal walk through of her exhibiton Command Lines and gain an insight into her working practice. 

Director's Tour

9th July


Join Mary Cremin on a lunchtime tour of our current exhibition Command Lines, and learn more about the processes involved in her work

Free, no booking necessary.


This Must Be The Place

Inaugural Youth Visual Art Competition at Void Art Centre – open call for emerging artists

Exhibition dates: 2 July – 6 July

Void is inviting entrants for This Must Be The Place, our inaugural youth art competition for emerging artists. Taking inspiration from the city that we live, artworks can be from a variety of art practices from two-dimensional work such as paintings, drawings and photography to three-dimensional sculptures and ceramics, as well as contemporary installations, mixed media artworks, video and digital work.

The competition it open to 2 age groups: 

16 – 19 years old

20 – 24 years old

All artworks will be exhibited in Void’s Process Room during DCSDC's Youth 19 Arts Festival and there will be a £50 Eason's voucher up for grabs for an outstanding work in each category. 

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday June 28th. Submissions can be dropped to the gallery or posted for the attention of Maeve Butler – c/o Void Gallery, City Factory, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL. 

Please include your name, age, home address, email address and telephone number, along with a few short lines about your artwork and its title.



Summer Kids' Workshops

Void Tots (1-5 years old)

29th June & 20th July

Void is delighted to announce an Early Years programme. Beginning with our Summer exhibition Command Lines by Candida Powell-Williamjoin artist Sinead Crumlish for a morning session exploring the exhibition through multi-sensory activities for early years children in Void’s Process Room. Mums, dads, grandparents and carers, all are welcome. Be prepared to get messy!

Book through the link above or visit this link.


The Art Factory – Art Bootcamp

Ages 8-11

16 -19th July, Tuesday-Friday, 2pm-4.30pm

Inspired by the work of Candida Powell-Williams, join artist Karen Cassidy on a stimulating creative journey over 4 afternoons. With different techniques investigated every day, from creating your own Andy Warhol style self-portrait to an Alexander Calder mobile, this promises to be stimulating and rewarding week.

Book through the link above or visit this link.

Digital Art Workshop

Saturday 20th July
2 – 4pm
Maximum participants: 10
All ages welcome – suitable for families or individuals
Please note: Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult 
Cost: £4 plus booking fee

Inspired by Candida Powell Williams work with Gifs, join the award-winning team from Kippie for a relaxed afternoon of digital art creation. After a short tour of the exhibition the team will guide you step by step through the process of making your own unique interactive animation using the free software Gamemaker. No previous experience necessary.
Each participant will work on a laptop and families / friends are welcome to work together. The maximum amount of people per laptop is two, to allow for greater interaction between the facilitators.

Book through the link above or visit this link.


Explore Command Lines through drawing

No experience necessary


11 July 2019 and 8 Aug 2019

Time: 6:30 -8:00 pm 

Explore Candida Powell-Williams work through drawing in this relaxed session with artist Stephanie Gaumond. This session is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to accomplished artists. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook.