ANNA FC SMITH AND HELEN MATHER
THESE LANCASHIRE WOMEN ARE WITCHES IN POLITICS
12 JUNE - 24 JULY
This exhibition by Anna FC Smith and Helen Mather explores how Leigh women from pre-Peterloo Reform Societies were portrayed as witches and beasts; repurposing this imagery to create art that empowers people with magical energy. The artists generate art and research with the local community and historians Ruth Mather and Yvonne Eckersley.
The interwoven elements are presented in a folkloric exhibition, where banners and pikes stand like a forest populated with the beasts of the people. The project connects the community with their history and agency, empowering them to roar together; sympathetic, empowered, and enfranchised.
Image courtesy the artists
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.