A Pendle Investigation opens right on Halloween, jsut to be extra spooky. The exhibition looks at the Pendle Witch Trials and the oil paintings on show by Joe Hesketh take inspiration from what she found whilst researching the events.
The exhibition is at the Newman Street Gallery, Fitzrovia and Joe Hesketh, the artist behind these Pendle Witch oil paintings i her self a modern day witch.
Last year, Hesketh, a native of Pendle, walked the long Purgatory Trail that links the two main sites of the infamous 1612 Pendle Witch Trials.
The twelve accused of witchcraft lived around Pendle Hill and were charged with the murders of ten people. Of the eleven who went to trial – nine women and two men – ten were found guilty and hanged.
Of all the English witch trials between the 15th and 18th centuries, the Pendle Witch Trials account for more than two per cent of the executions. 2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the trials, commemorating a time of superstition and fear.
So if you want to do something both arty and spooky this Halloween this is the one to put in your diary.
You can find full information on the event here.