'WITCH' Liz Adamson and Alexa Hare: The Monument Project

Liz Adamson (Artist), Alexa Hare (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


The Monument Project explores notions of commemoration throughout time and in the context of contemporary art. This exciting year of activity has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

In response to this commission, Liz Adamson and Alexa Hare originated an entirely new body of work which explored the history of East Lothian’s relationship with witches and witch-hunting. This exhibition questioned whether we still have connections with our forefathers attitudes, with reference to the abuse of political power, superstition and discrimination.

Adamson and Hare researched public records relating to the East Lothian area to find information on residents accused in 1661 at the start of the Great Scottish Witch hunt - names, places and dates conveyed something of the grim realism of the time to those of us familiar with the topography of the county today.

The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and the return of the Scottish judicial system heralded an extreme phase of witchcraft panic. It had been suggested that previous Justices of the Peace had not been sufficiently exacting, and with the sharp increase in witch trials, the newly installed Scottish courts were given an unhindered opportunity to demonstrate their prowess and power.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEast Lothian
PublisherPeter Potter Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2013
EventWitches and Wicked Bodies talk by Doctor Patricia Allersten - East Lothian, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Oct 2013 → …


  • Feminism
  • Social history
  • occult philosophies
  • ART


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