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Emily Hesse, The Old Wife, 2019, Courtsey of the artist

Emily Hesse: The Witches’ Institution (W.I.)

03 May 2022

As part of the Jerwood Tetley Commissions programme, artist Emily Hesse presents her exhibition The Witches’ Institution (W.I.) at The Tetley. Imagined and developed in collaboration with organiser and writer Andrea Phillips.

The Jerwood Tetley Commissions offer three artists or curators based in the North of England the opportunity to develop a significant body of work or curate a group exhibition with the support of a dedicated mentor, a research & development budget and institutional backing. At the end of 2020, we announced Emily Hesse, Samra Mayanja and ROOT-ed Zine as the selected artists / curators. 

Emily now presents The Witches Institution (W.I.) featuring a series of experimental works, discussions and experiences. The exhibition and its programme aim to think about what a cultural institution run by historically defined ‘witchcraft’ and alternative magic could manifest as on a planet in turmoil. 

The Witches’ Institution (W.I.) brings together Emily’s sculpture, curatorial practice and PhD research at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. It also includes work by artists Ana Mendieta and The Otolith Group. 

Clay acts as a key material for the exhibition. As well as using clay as a material for
moulding, Emily sees her sculptural practice as an expanded shaping of thoughts, histories
and alternative futures. She uses the concept of magical materialism to produce objects,
installations, diagrams and stories. 

Emily is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in the Tees Valley. Her work questions and aggravates social and political power dynamics on both a micro and macrocosmic scale, through revolutionary thinking, philosophy, regional folk histories, collective action and the use of land and its associated materials as a physical form of protest. 

The exhibition will be open at The Tetley 27 May – 18 September 2022, free entry. 

The Jerwood Tetley Commissions are part of our Development Programme Fund that provides funding for arts organisations who, with vision and skill, can deliver transformational development opportunities for artists, curators and/or producers. 

 

Find out more 

Plan your visit to The Witches Institution (W.I.), here. 

Read about the awardees of the Jerwood Tetley Commissions, here.