A SPELLBINDING exploration of the attitudes to witches and witchcraft in popular culture opens in Lancaster this weekend.
Spellbound: superstition, stories and the silver screen will be hosted at the Judges’ Lodging Museum, Church Street, Lancaster, and is part of a series of events taking place throughout 2012 in selected museums and libraries across Lancashire, to mark the 400th anniversary of the infamous Witch Trials.
The colourful exhibition, which opens on Sunday, April 1, includes work by internationally recognised contemporary illustrators Quentin Blake, Korky Paul, Paul Kidby and Jan Pienkowski, together with younger artists including Sarah Garson, Katharine McEwen and Mei Matsuoka.
From Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the popular Winnie the Witch, visitors of all ages will be able to see how attitudes towards witches have changed over the past 400 years, in books, theatre, film and television.
Anthea Purkis, Lancashire County Council’s manager at the Judges’ Lodgings Museum, said: “Artists, writers, poets and playwrights have always been fascinated by folklore and the supernatural.
“Within 25 years of the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612, a play called The Witches of Lancashire was being performed by the King’s Men at the original Globe Theatre in London.”
See Lancaster Guardian (29-03-12) for full story.