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Gareth Griffith

18/01/20 – 01/04/20

Melvyn Evans 

20/03/20 - 18/07/20

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm



Opening & Performance | Waking The Witch - Old Ways, New Rites

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Ben Jeans Houghton ! Blessed Be :)) Merry Part :(( But Again ! 2017

Waking The Witch - Old Ways, New Rites
*Launch event: Performace | 6:30 - 7.00pm
*Exhibition Opening | 6 - 8pm

Waking The Witch - Old Ways, New Rites

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.

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, 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.

Launch event: Waking The Witch | Performance by Ben Jeans Houghton

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

6:30 - 7pm | FREE | Booking and further information - desk@orieldavies.org 01686625041

Exhibition Opening 

Refreshments available. All welcome! | 6 - 8pm

Full information - Waking the Witch - Old Ways, New Rites | 15 September - 07 November