I Put a Spell on You - New Magic and Mysticism

Art Exchange, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
5 October – 17 November 2023

Alice and Cecil


I Put a Spell on You explores today’s growing affinity with magic, which coincides with a time when we’re experiencing a profound loss of faith in modern society. Rationalism, science and the ‘progress’ of the modern era have left us lurching from one crisis to the next, while climate catastrophe calls into question our relationship with planet Earth. Against this backdrop, magic offers us an alternative universe – a space where we can become re-enchanted with the world again.

The artists in this show embrace magic, myth and mysticism as they explore alternative ways of thinking and being. They are guided by the historic figure of the witch – always close at hand in Essex where hundreds stood accused.”

I Put a Spell on You includes work by Alice Bucknell, Juno Calypso, Leonora Carrington, Chiara Fumai, Serena Korda, Akinsola Lawanson, susan pui san lok, Freddie Robins and Tai Shani.

Curated by Jess Twyman
Photography: Douglas Atfield


Read gallery guide

06 October 2023