Lancashire Witches 400 is a diverse creative programme initiated by Green Close in Melling which explored the heritage of the Lancashire Witches, the 400th anniversary of their trial and execution, and the enduring issue of persecution today.
Throughout 2012, hundreds of people have particpated in free workshops, talks and exhibitions featuring work from schools and the local community. There have been original creative responses from a range of artists, including Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and a new walking trail has been established across Lancashire featuring work by Sue Flowers, sculptor Stephen Raw, and members of the local community .
A multi-partner project to develop a new long-distance walking route from Pendle to Lancaster. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's new poem, based on the history and key themes of the witches' story will be installed along the route as a series of beautiful stone carvings.
'Evidence of witchcraft' collected throughout the three- day programme of public walks, canting, visitations and expositions in Lancaster and in Newchurch in August are now available to see on the Signs & Wonders blog.
Children from three Lancashire schools are becoming ambassadors for their own local history, working with its own Green Close artist - Sue Flowers, Pete Flowers and Kate Eggleston-Wirtz - to explore the rich themes present in the witches' story through art.
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