Wrights & Sites: Signs & Wonders
SIGNS & WONDERS is a Wrights & Sites satellite project taking place over 4 Days in Lancaster and Pendle District, 16-19 August 2012, exploring the transformation of objects and ideas, and pointing to key locations and evidences associated with the Witch Trials. It is part of the Lancashire Witches 400 programme.
Simon Persighetti, Phil Smith and Katie Etheridge will be staging a series of walking performances and interventions in the city and landscape. Legs and feet and walking are key to this story. The whole case started with an encounter between a travelling peddler and a girl on the road. One of the women convicted in 1612 of witchcraft, Katherine Hewitt, was referred to as ‘mould heels’. Feet as our connection with the earth - this story walks.
Using the idea of the peddler as a carrier of multiple viewpoints - walking and traveling - we will be peddling ideas, through trade, exchange and conversations. Along city streets, in the marketplace and down country tracks we will distribute strange tokens and wondrous pamphlets.
DAY 1: DECANTING (16th Aug)
Thursday 16th August 6pm-7pm ASHTON MEMORIAL, Williamson Park, Lancaster, LA1 1UXThe opening of SIGNS & WONDERS. Hear the declaring and decanting of evidence. Meet the artists.
Day 2: VISITATIONS (17th Aug)
Friday 17th August LANCASTER, various Locations across the city.
Carrying on their backs, objects, texts and landscapes across Lancaster, stopping at key sites, collecting SIGNS & WONDERS along the way.
Williamson Park Car Park, off Wyresdale Road, LA1 3DZ
GOLDEN LION, 12NOON
Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD
MARKET SQUARE, 2PM
Lancaster LA1 1HT
LANCASTER CASTLE, 4PM
Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ
Day 3: MARKET PLACE (18th Aug)
Saturday 18th August, 10am-4pm, LANCASTER CHARTER MARKET, Lancaster LA1 1HT
Pamphlets, objects, and conversations, traded, shared and exchanged.
Day 4: PERFORMANCE WALKS (19th Aug)
Sunday 19th August NEWCHURCH-IN-PENDLE
Meeting Point: Outside Witches Galore, 14 Newchurch Village, Newchurch-in Pendle, BB12 9JR Burnley Lancashire.
Walking around the objects, ideas and landscape of the Pendle Witch story. A circular route with stiles, uneven surfaces, trials, signs and wonders.
WALK TIMES: 11AM, 1PM & 3PM
BOOKING: FREE BUT ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
TEL. 01524 221233
AUDIENCE CAPACITY PER WALK: 15
Specially commissioned artworks by Tony Weaver, Helen Hockin and Ian Reveley have been designed and made for these SIGNS & WONDERS. This project is part of Lancashire Witches 400, a diverse creative programme initiated by Green Close in Melling which explores the heritage of the Lancashire Witches, the 400th anniversary of their trial and execution, and the enduring issue of persecution today.
SIGNS & WONDERS is a Wrights & Sites satellite project supported by Storey Gallery, Lancaster and Live at LICA, University of Lancaster.