Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

30th Jun 2017, 9:00am - 9:00pm

The Arts Centre

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

The Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium will celebrate and bring into discussion the work and legacy of Lancastrian-born Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011).

This timely event forms part of the existing body of research and creative practice that has already emanated from across disciplines across Edge Hill University, including film scholarship, creative writing, and dance performance and choreography. Acknowledging recent scholarly interest in Carrington’s life and work, this event extends the legacy of this British-Mexican artist who gained a stellar reputation in her adopted country of Mexico, while remaining arguably one of Britain’s finest and neglected surrealists.

Carrington was reluctant to analyse her artwork, insisting, “I warn you I refuse to be an object”. In light of this, when mapping Carrington’s legacy, we approach this event through the same lens of give and return that the artist musingly offers in her 1965 text Jezzamathatics, “I was decubing the root of a Hyperbollick Symposium…when the latent metamorphosis blurted the great unexpected shriek into something between a squeak and a smile. IT GAVE, so to speak, in order to return.”

Full programme can be found here


    • £20/£10 concessions
    • EHU Staff and Students – Free

The symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr Catriona McAra from Leeds College of Art, whose co-edited book is published in Spring 2017 (‘Leonora Carrington and the International Avant Garde’; editors, Jonathan P. Eburne, Catriona McAra; Manchester University Press; 2017).

Guest Speaker, Joanna Moorhead, cousin of Leonora, will discuss her new book, ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ (Little Brown, 2017).

The Centenary Symposium will also welcome from Mexico City Gabriel Weisz Carrington, Leonora’s son, as Guest International Speaker. Gabriel will discuss Leonora’s work ‘in conversation’.

New films about Leonora Carrington will also be screened – ‘The Lost Surrealist‘ (for BBC; directed by Teresa Griffiths), and Josh Appignanesi’s ‘Female Human Animal‘ starring novelist/curator Chloe Aridjis. Haunted by Leonora Carrington. Prod: Jacqui Davies.

Further details about Festival of Ideas 2017 can be found here