Sonic Arrangements in the Infinite Fill is a site specific performance that was held on the Derry Walls’ Walker Plinth by artist Candida Powell-Williams in August 2019.

We were delighted to welcome Candida Powell-Williams back to Derry on the 24th August 2019 for a new performance designed specifically for Walls 400 celebration and to close her solo exhibition Command Lines. Sonic Arrangements in the Infinite Fill was a new site-specific performance on the Derry Walls’ Walker Plinth in collaboration with dancers from Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

Sound, movement and costume combined 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.

Candida Powell-Williams’ Biography

Candida Powell-Williams graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011 and the Slade School of Fine Art London in 2009. Her sculptural and performance works are a response to researching the slippage that occurs between primary and secondary source material, exploring the consequences of retelling history and how we construct identity through objects and memory. She was recently Artist in Residence at The Warburg Institute London. Selected exhibitions include: Lessness, still quorum, performance, Serpentine Galleries, London (2018); Boredom and its Acid Touch, Frieze Live, London (2017); Tongue Town, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (2017); Cache, Art Night Associate Programme, London (2017); Vernacular History of the Golden Rhubarb, Bosse & Baum Gallery, London (2017); PIC performance festival, Melbourne, Australia (2016); Coade’s Elixir-an occupation, Hayward Gallery, London (2014). Powell-William’s is the recipient of the 2018 Mother Art Prize with a group show at Mimosa House London (2019). Other awards include the Sainsbury Scholarship at the British School at Rome (2012-13), the Paris Residency at Cite Internationale des Arts, (2010), Eric and Jean Cass Sculpture Award (2010-2011). In 2019 common-editions published Powell-William’s 78 card tarot deck and artist book.


Kindly supported by the Walled City 400, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Northbound Brewery, Arts Council of England, The Warburg Institute. The event was presented with the support of Friends of the Derry Walls, The Siege Museum, The Honourable The Irish Society, Department of Communities.