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Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
Work by tapestry artist Anne Jackson exploring 'witchcraft' comes to the Museum in the Park.
In Anne Jackson's current project, 'The Witchcraft Series', she presents a series of powerful works exploring the history of witch-persecution in Europe, and the metaphors which the idea of 'witchcraft' evoke in modern culture, through the medium of knotted tapestry.
Referencing sources from the earliest printed books warning against the evils of witches, to the repeal of the final Witchcraft Act in English law in 1957, the works explore the imagery and social attitudes that led to the trial and execution of thousands of people, mostly women, across Europe.
Jackson's large and small-scale tapestries often depict evidence given in individual witch-trials, including that of young children encouraged to testify against their mothers. Whenever possible, she reproduces the original printed texts from witch-hunting pamphlets and trial accounts as part of the tapestry composition, seeing this as a kind of ventriloquism, giving a voice to individuals from the distant past.
Several tapestries also utilise the metaphor of 'witchcraft' to reflect upon our sense of powerlessness in the face of current fears and concerns, such as climate change.
Anne Jackson has exhibited widely across Europe, the USA, and in Australia. Her work is held in public collections, including the Art Endowment of the City of Aalborg, Denmark, the Geffreye Museum, London, and the Museum of Applied Art, Budapest, Hungary.
The Artist will be at the Museum on Friday 13 October, Wednesday 18 and 25 October, Saturday 28 October and 4 November between 2pm and 4pm. Call in to meet her and find out more about her work.
Look out for some exciting linked events, plays and half term holiday activities.
Supported by The Hartlebury Fund and weaversbazarre http://www.annejackson.co.uk/
Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic opens on Saturday 30 September and is on until Sunday 5 November 2017 at The Museum in the Park
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Accredited Museum launches summer programme
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The first Stroud Shakespeare Festival
Get ready to enjoy the first Stroud Shakespeare Festival from 31st May - 2nd June 2018!
The fascination of the Museum Collection
Photographer, Theo Deproost, talks about the hidden gems within the Museum collection.
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