Witches in Word, Not Deed 

Witches in Word, Not Deed 

9 - 21 January 2024
The Grain Exchange, 77- 81 High Street, Ayr KA7 1LU

Carolyn Sutton’s, ‘Witches in Word, Not Deed’ is an interpretation design project that remembers the real women who were persecuted as witches across Scotland under the Witchcraft Act of 1563. In its current iteration, 13 women are represented through historically accurate and personalised dresses worn by empty forms. 

The project aims to highlight the loss of identity and life suffered by the women accused of witchcraft. Each dress is printed with words that were used against these women, or in the enduring legacy of folklore and other misconceptions that replaced their true stories.

This project is also a memorial, aligned with critical heritage and the pursuit of social justice. I hope this work creates debates and conversations about the power of words and the gendered nature of the witch trials.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday 12.30pm – 4pm

Saturday 10am – 4.30pm

Sunday 12.30pm – 4pm

Additional Information

Accessible rooms
Disabled access


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