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A Gathering in the Witches’ Institution

  • Sat 17 Sep
  • 10am–5.30pm
  • The Tetley
  • Free, donations encouraged
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Join us for a day of talks and performances with Emily Hesse and Andrea Phillips, as well as Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group.

Hesse will perform HOWE, 2022, for the first time, and will lead a workshop interacting with the works CLÆG and Alternative Sky.

This event marks the final weekend of Emily Hesse: The Witches’ Institution (W.I.), which closes on 18 September.

Discover details of the full programme and schedule below.


10–11am Arrival

Join us from 10am for a chance to view Emily Hesse: The Witches’ Institution (W.I.) before the programme begins.

11am–12pm Introduction and talk 

Following an introduction to A Gathering in the Witches’ Institution, Andrea Phillips and Emily Hesse discuss space and practice, extending from Phillips’ illustrated lecture Building a Witches’ Institution on display in Gallery 3.

12–12.30pm Workshop: Practising Temporality

Hesse guides you through An exercise in sitting with, encouraging you to re-think clay matter as non-human matter, expanding care towards dirt.

The exercises will take place on clay, so please bring spare socks and a tea towel to wipe your feet.

1–2pm Lunch break

Head to The Tetley Bar & Kitchen for lunch – discover our veggie daily menu here.

2–3.45pm Talk: Medium Earth

In this discussion Phillips and Hesse draw links between The Witches’ Institution (W.I.) and Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar from The Otolith Group’s practice. They will delve into the political, social and ontological ways they think about Earth practices; clay, earth, rock and sentience.

The talk will be an hour, with 45 minutes of audience questions and discussion.

3.45–4.15pm Break

4.15–5.15pm Performance: Emily Hesse, HOWE, 2019

For the first time, Hesse presents HOWE, a performance and book reading that takes place in the Atrium, upon and with CLAEG as her collaborator.

Please note that this performance includes strong language and sexual references.


  • This event is taking place across our Ground Floor and First Floor.
  • Our lift is currently out of service, meaning there is no lift access to our galleries on the First Floor.
  • Please call us on 0113 320 2323 or email info@yorkshire-contemporary.local if you have any specific questions about access.

Getting here

Please note, there are no onsite parking facilities at The Tetley.

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