Green Close Studios is currently delivering an exciting new project, which explores the heritage of the Lancashire Witch trials and the 400th anniversary in 2012, of their trial and subsequent death. The Lancashire Witches 400 project will consider the heritage of Lancashire, the historical context of religious and social persecution and its relevance to intolerance and injustice today. We will be working with Professional Historians – Robert Poole and other heritage professionals, to consider the role of the ‘witches’ in 1612 and also the Lancaster based charity Stepping Stones Nigeria in order to develop an understanding of current human rights abuses towards children today accused as ‘witches’ in the Niger delta.
We are currently working closely with Lancashire County Council Countryside Service, the Long Distance Walkers Association, the Ramblers Association and other keen local walkers to develop a new long-distance walking trail across Lancashire from Pendle to Lancaster – The Lancashire Witches Walk, which is based around this history. The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has agreed to write a poem for the project, which we hope to be able to install along the route as a series of beautiful stone-carvings.
Artists Sue Flowers, Pete Flowers & Kate Eggleston Wirtz have been busy delivering an intensive educational programme in three key primary schools who are adjacent to the route Padiham Green CE Primary School, Brennands Endowed Primary School (Slaidburn) and Quernmore (CE Controlled) Primary School, near Lancaster. The children have been busy learning about the history of the Lancashire Witches history developing new relationships with each other, visiting museums across Lancashire, working with of local history & archive groups and creating lots of artwork in response to the project. Some of this is already on display at Gawthorpe Hall and Clitheroe Castle. Further exhibitions are planned to be held at Green Close, the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe and Lancaster City Museum during the summer.
Historical talks, guided walks and community history & art workshops are being delivered over the next few months. Lancaster based textile artist & theatre designer Hilli McManus will be working with local groups to create a mono-chrome quilt inspired by fusing 17th Century woodcuts and Nigerian textile patterns. The piece will be auctioned to raise money for Stepping Stones Nigeria. Please get in touch if a group/ school would like to visit Green Close to create their own paper quilt panel during our open studios 16th -24th June 2012
Events for June
Green Close’s Lancashire Witches 400 Project
Brick making workshop – FREE
Sat, 2 June, 11:00 – 16:00 Higherford Mill, Barrowford, BB9 6AW To book Tel 015242 21233
Work with Julie Miles, ceramicist from Barrowford, to design and carve bricks that will be used as way markers for the Lancashire Witches Walk from Pendle to Lancaster. (Age 11+)
Lancaster Photowalk – FREE
Sat, 9 June, 11:00 – 16:00 Judges Lodgings, Lancaster, LA1 1YS. To book Tel 01524 – 32808
Join professional photographer Veronica Caperon on a guided walk of heritage sites linked to the Lancashire Witches, and learn more about how to take your own digital photographs. Suitable for those with little or no photographic experience (more experienced photographers are welcome to join in on this basis) (Age 11+)
Paper Quilt Workshop: pen & quill drawing – FREE
Sat, 9 June, 14:00 – 14:45 Judges Lodgings, Lancaster, LA1 1YS To book Tel 01524 – 32808
Contribute to the Lancashire Witches 400 commemorative paper quilt at this drawing workshop led by Sue Flowers.
The completed quilt will be auctioned later in the year to raise money for Stepping Stones Nigeria, the charity working to support disadvantaged children in Nigeria, including those accused of witchcraft. (Age 4+)
Audio Workshop – Tell us your Lancashire Witches Stories – FREE Sunday 24th June, 11:00 – 5pm Green Close, Melling, LA6 2RB Just drop in Join Audio artist Jenny Ford, who will be in the studios recording voices – come and tell us anything you know about the Lancashire Witches and its relevance to the world today.
Places are limited for most of the above events so booking in advance is essential
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 015242 21233
Green Close Open Studio Exhibition
Walking with Witches 16th -22nd June & Sunday 24th
As part of Lancashire Witches 400 and Bowland Arts Festival (www.bowlandarts.co.uk) Green Close is throwing open its doors to the public From 16th to 24th June. This is an opportunity to see a unique exhibition of work created by artists working on the project, schoolchildren from Slaidburn, Quernmore & Padiham Green Primary Schools, information about the Lancaster based charity Stepping Stones Nigeria and maps of the proposed New Long Distance Walking route from Barrowford to Lancaster ‘The Lancashire Witches Walk’
FREE family workshops –
Saturday 16th June to – Friday 22nd June, 11:00 – 17:00
Green Close, Melling, LA6 2RB
Drop in any time from 11am to 5pm and get stuck in to our free family-friendly creative workshops. Come and learn about the history of the Lancashire Witches from the LW400 community artists.
Create artwork that will become part of the paper quilt and see the batik quilt being sewn which will be on – display at the ‘Revealed’ event on Sun 24th June at 3pm (The quilts will be auctioned later in the year to raise money for Stepping Stone Nigeria; (for further information see www.steppingstonesnigeria.org.uk)
Family friendly, wheelchair friendly, Drop in any time
*Please note, the studio will be closed on 23rd June in preparation for the ‘Revealed’ event & exhibition.
Family-friendly walk, Caton to Lancaster
Sat, 23 June, 09:00 – 17:00 Meet up in Lancaster To book Tel 015242 21233
Join Artists and Heritage Professionals on a family-friendly guided walk by Lancashire County Countryside Officer, Tarja Wilson, along the final section of the new LW400 Lancashire Witches Walk from Caton to Lancaster. The walk is free but a small fee is payable for transport to the start of the route. Limited places, advanced booking essential: for more information and bookings call 015242 21233
‘Revealed’ Opening Charity event & Community Celebration FREE Sun, 24 June, 15:00 – 17:00 Green Close, Melling, LA6 2RB
The ‘Revealed’ exhibition is a celebration of all the hard work put into the project by artists, historians and the local community. There will be a talk by Gary Foxcroft, Director of Stepping Stones Nigeria, who will share his expertise of how children in the Niger Delta are still accused of witchcraft today, and a chance to chat to expert Historian Robert Poole. The completed paper quilt will be ‘Revealed’ alongside artwork created by artists schoolchildren and communities.
Email. email@example.com or call 015242 21233 for bookings or further information
Further arts activities are planned for Summer & the Autumn, for further information see
Funding to support this programme of events has been received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire County Museum Service, Lancaster City Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Forest of Bowland AONB.
Green Close, Green Close Studios, Melling, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 2RB
Tel 015242-21233 www.greenclose.org E firstname.lastname@example.org