Exhibition lifts lid on the devastating impact of the Witch Hunts
A ground-breaking new exhibition, I am Witch - Tales from the Roundhouse, to be held at The Storey in Lancaster, 4th- 28th January 2022, will explore via multi-platform artworks, how the European Witch Hunts of 1450-1750 left a wound in our collective psyche which still affects us today, and how it can be healed.
Cali White, lead curator of the exhibition, which was co-created by 33 fellow women known as the Silver Spoons Collective, says:
"Our educational and experiential exhibition explores the history of the Burning Times, the vital history lesson mostly overlooked at school, how epigenetically inherited trauma from those times continues to affect us, and how creativity, ceremony and collaboration offer a threefold pathway to healing. We also want to dispel witch myths of ‘black pointy hats, devil worshipping, warty-nosed old women’ and tell the untold story of what really happened.
“Sharing the trauma-clearing personal journeys of 33 women - evocatively expressed through interactive installations, painting, film, music, performance and storytelling - we offer a powerful opportunity for reflection and reconnection, and the chance to be part of a growing movement for social change and healing.”
The Silver Spoons Collective is a sisterhood of UK-based women working to heal their intergenerational trauma inherited from the Burning Times. The group’s work was born out of a pilgrimage made by psychotherapist, Cali White, across the UK and Ireland in 2019, during which she gathered women in ceremonies to honour our ‘witch’ ancestors. Coming together at the beginning of 2020, the group committed to collectively transforming the destructive behavioural patterns caused by inherited trauma, which were negatively affecting their lives. “Our exhibition shares the intimate journeys we women have made, confronting our feelings of fear, pain and rage, and building healthy new ways of living,” Cali White explains.
Comprising of 4000 hand-printed and stitched individual pieces of fabric, the centre-piece of the exhibition is a stunning Medicine Spoon Memorial, co-created by over 1000 women worldwide, led by artist Caren Thompson, to honour the 4000+ women from the UK and Ireland whose names lay forgotten in trial records during the Burning Times. Alongside the main exhibition, a three-night programme of live events will feature spoken word, music and dance performances, and a series of daily workshops offers opportunities for learning and empowerment.
Highlighting how modern-day witch hunts continue today, particularly in India, Africa and Brazil, the exhibition will also raise funds for charities working to support the growing numbers of innocent women being targeted.
The exhibition reflects an emergent modern movement working to undo the injustices of the Burning Times, including a growing campaign, ‘Witches of Scotland’, led by Claire Mitchell QC and author Zoe Venditozzi, which is calling on the Scottish Government to pardon, apologise and create a national monument to memorialise those people in Scotland accused and convicted as witches under the Witchcraft Act of 1563.
Cali White says: “The Burning Times divided our communities, taught us to play small in order to survive and broke our trust in the people closest to us. The scars we still carry show up in many ways - fears of being seen or heard, experiences of betrayal, mistrust of other women, feelings of disconnection to nature, irrational fears, and struggles to feel at home in ourselves. 25 generations on we are left feeling powerless, isolated, stuck, divided, unsafe and unsupported. It is affecting our health and wellbeing in so many ways and we’re tired of it!
“The Silver Spoons Collective is on a mission to shine a light on the shadows of the past so we may heal, grow and create new ways of being, rooted in healthy connection to ourselves, each other and the Earth. If any of this resonates, please join us as we restore our ancestral connections and the broken bonds of our sisterhood.”
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