Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites

Curated & Created by NTU - Bonington Gallery

Waking the witch exhibition image
Exhibitions

Launching our 2019/20 season, we are delighted to present Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites – an exhibition looking at the importance of craft, ritual and land to the practice of the ever-shifting figure of the witch.

  • From: Friday 27 September 2019, 10 am
  • To: Saturday 16 November 2019, 3 pm
  • Location: Bonington Gallery, Bonington building, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4GG

Event details

Launching our 2019/20 season, we are delighted to present Waking the Witch: Old Ways, New Rites – an exhibition looking at the importance of craft, ritual and land to the practice of the ever-shifting figure of the witch. 

The British Isles have a particularly strong relationship to magic and the occult, with the chants of witchcraft echoing throughout their history. 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.

Ben Jeans Houghton will open the exhibition with an improvised performance expressing aspects of his own magical practice through a harmonic voice and the spoken word, using repurposed effects pedals, loopers, ritual tools, and costume.

Artists: 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, Monica Sjöö, Lucy Stein, Ayesha Tan Jones, and Cathy Ward.

Exhibition Preview

Thursday 26 September: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

General Exhibition Opening Times

Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm

Enquiries

For all enquiries about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8651. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Image © Fourthland, documentation of an Imbue performance, 2018.

Location details

Room/Building:

Bonington Gallery, Bonington building

Address:

Dryden Street
Nottingham
NG1 4GG

Parking:

Situated on the University’s City Campus, our Gallery is a short walk from Nottingham city centre. Due to our central location we don’t have visitor parking available, but public transport will bring you almost to our door.

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Travel Info:

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