Waking the Witch

19 January to 23 March

The British Isles have a particularly strong relationship to magic and the occult with the chants of witchcraft echoing throughout their history. This exhibition looks to the importance of craft, ritual and land on the practice of the ever shifting figure of the witch.

Traditional witchcraft has a strong connection to the earth with an intimate knowledge of herbs, plants and the elements – as well as the human body. As gatekeepers to altered consciousness witches have been both feared and sought out for their dealings with the unknown. Historically persecuted as an outsider, the witch has been taken on by artists as a challenging force to prevailing norms and as a symbol of dissidence. Looking to symbols, tools and the coven as a space for focusing collective intent, the artists in this exhibition explore the path of the witch as one for how we can connect with the earth and each other.

Events

Saturday 16 February – Grimoire (a collective book of spells) – workshop with Fourthland. 2-5pm. Free (booking details to be confirmed).

Saturday 23 February – Serena Korda – Jug Choir: The Hosts:Ectoplasmic Variations – Performance in the gallery 2:30pm Free

Website

The Waking the Witch exhibition tour is accompanied by a specially designed website featuring an interactive map designed by artist Ben Jeans Houghton and podcast produced by Blue Firth.

Artists in Waking the Witch

Verity Birt, Anna Bunting Branch, Nadine Byrne, Mary Beth Edelson, Fiona Finnegan, Blue Firth, Fourthland, Georgia Horgan. Ben Jeans Houghton, Serena Korda, Candice Lin, Katarzyna Majak, Lucy Stein, Ayesha Tan Jones and Cathy Ward.

Waking the Witch is a UK Touring Exhibition curated by Legion Projects and supported by Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales.

Images (top to bottom): Lucy Stein ‘Polly’ 2012, Fourthland ‘Moon Scroll’, Cathy Ward ‘Home Rites’ 2009, Anna Bunting Branch, W.I.T.C.H. (‘We Invoke The Cultures of Heretics’) 2015

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