Edge Hill University and Leonora Carrington

ICE & Carrington

The University (and ICE) has since 2014 been involved in a number of creative ways with the life and work of Leonora Carrington (1917 – 2011).

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This has taken in dance, creative writing, film, curating, exhibitions and public talks.

Most recently, in October 2018, ICE will be presenting two screenings of the Leonora Carrington inspired film, ‘Female Human Animal‘ plus an In Conversation with lead actor & co-devisor Chloe Aridjis and director Josh Appignanesi, chaired by Prof Roger Shannon, ICE Associate Director. The film can now be seen on the BFI Player , with ubiquitous uber critic Mark Kermode showing great taste in selecting the film for one of his BFI introductions as see here: YouTube.

On 24th January 2018 ICE hosted a special screening of ‘Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist, a gripping tale of aristocracy, Bohemia, surrealism and social revolution, the extraordinary life of Lancastrian-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington by film director Teresa Griffiths.

In June 2017 the Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium took place celebrating her life and work.

The University was the sponsor of Tate Liverpool’s Leonora Carrington exhibition in 2015, for which Professor Roger Shannon was a Special Advisor.

The Tate Liverpool exhibition also included several performances of the dance piece, ‘Imaginarium’, devised and performed by EHU’s Michelle Man and James Hewison. ‘Imaginarium’ is influenced by Leonora’s work, and has also been performed at a number of international conferences.

There was also during the TATE Liverpool exhibition a creative writing workshop focussed on Leonora’s literary output, which was organised by EHU’s Professor Ailsa Cox. From this workshop emerged a short story by Ailsa, inspired by Leonora’s work, which has been published on line and can be read here: ‘Bias Cut’ by Ailsa Cox.

The University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) organised in 2015 a public event to generate further interest in Leonora’s work, inviting author and biographer Joanna Moorhead to be ‘in conversation’ about Leonora Carrington with Tate Liverpool Artistic Director, Francesco Manacorda. Their stimulating discussion is captured in this YouTube video.

Carrington building at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus

Carrington building at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus

Professor Roger Shannon curated a ‘Leonora and Film‘ segment for the 2016 Viva ! Festival of Latin American Cinema.

The University participated at the Centenary Conference in Mexico City in April 2017 organised by the Fundacion Leonora Carrington, at which Professor Roger Shannon was a guest international speaker drawing on the work at EHU to ‘Re-Lancastrianise Leonora !’


Upcoming Carrington Events

ICE currently has no Carrington events scheduled.

Carrington Archive

‘Female Human Animal’ | 24 October 2018
Film Screening plus Q&A
Shot in the real-life contemporary art world of Liverpool and London, Female Human Animal is a psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her: When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?  We will be joined after the screening by director Josh Appignanesi for a Q&A, chaired by Prof Roger Shannon, ICE Associate Director. More Information about the screening…

Leonora Carrington. Magical Tales | April to September 2018
Modern Art Museum, Mexico City
An unprecedented approach to Leonora Carrington’s work that places value on 60 years of production made since she was 12-years old and until her last days.  Integrated by 200 pieces, including mural and easel painting, sculptures, graphics, rugs, sets, masks, photographs, documents, books and personal objects, from collections of Mexico, USA and Europe, the grand show will allow the viewer to know how poetry, literature, philosophy and expressions of ancient civilizations, mainly Mayan and Celtic, were reflected in Carrington’s pictorial imaginary. Read more about the event…

‘Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist’ | 24 January 2018
Film Screening plus Q&A
(Director: Teresa Griffiths UK; 2017; 60 mins)
ICE hosted a film screening of ‘Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist’, a new documentary produced by Rachel Hooper for Erica Starling Productions to complement the Centennial of Leonora Carrington (1917 – 2017). ICE Associate Director, Prof Roger Shannon, had been a consultant for the film, and following the screening he was joined in conversation by Dr Catriona McAra, Leeds College of Art, who co-edited the book ‘Leonora Carrington and the International Avant Garde’ Manchester University Press; 2017. View the video of the ‘in conversation’ here: More Information on the screening…

‘Re Lancastrianising Leonora’ | July 2017
ICE Director, Prof Roger Shannon, blog about Edge Hill celebrating the Centenary of the birth in Lancashire of one of the world’s most renowned surrealist artists, Leonora Carrington. Read more of the blog…

‘Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium’ | 30 June 2017
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 Departments at Edge Hill University. We invite you to join artists and scholars from a range of disciplines to share research and creative practice that explores Carrington’s work as an artist, a theatre and film collaborator, and writer. More Information about the conference…

‘100 Years of an Artist: Leonora Carrington’ | 6 April 2017
We are delighted to announce ICE Director, Prof Roger Shannon, has been invited to speak at this international panel to celebrate the centennial of Leonora Carrington.  He will present his paper ‘Working Toward the re-Lancastrianization of Leonora Carrington – a view from Edge Hill University on the Edge of the Lancashire plain’. The event will take place in the Library of Mexico, Mexico City. More Information on the event…

ICE In Conversation About Leonora Carrington | 29 April 2015
ICE presents Joanna Moorhead and Francesco Manacorda in conjunction with Tate Liverpool.
Learn more about the intriguing history and artistic practice of Leonora Carrington, who became a national treasure in Mexico thousands of miles from her origins in Chorley, Lancashire. Join Joanna Moorhead (Journalist, co writer of ‘Surreal Friends’ and cousin of Leonora Carrington) as she discusses the life and work of Leonora with Francesco Manacorda, Tate Liverpool’s Artistic Director. Read more about the event…

TATE Exhibition: Leonora Carrington | March – May 2015
Edge Hill University sponsored the Leonora Carrington Exhibition  at Tate Liverpool.  The exhibition celebrated the creations of internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011).  This was the first UK solo exhibition of work by Chorley-born Leonora Carrington for over 20 years.  More information about the exhibition…

LITERARY EVENT: Leonora | 18 April 2015
Edge Hill University supported the literary event at Liverpool Town Hall, April 18, at which acclaimed Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska discussed her books, including her recent biographical novel ‘Leonora’ about the Lancashire born surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (Elena’s close friend) who is currently the subject of a solo retrospective exhibition at Tate Liverpool (also supported by Edge Hill University).  More information about the event…

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Imaginarium | March – May 2015
Imaginarium is an exploration through dance of the metamorphic work of Leonora Carrington. Developed partly through a residency at Crookhey Hall, Carrington’s childhood home, the work captures the physicality, colour and energy found within Carrington’s sketches and paintings. The performer’s embodied response has been a direct reaction to the artist’s sense of mobilization, colour and imagery and their experience at Crookhey Hall.  Performed by James Hewison (Edge Hill University) and Michelle Man (Edge Hill University). Original music by Alfonso García de la Torre Rey. More information about the performance and watch the dance here: YouTube

‘Leonora and me’ by Joanna Moorhead, The Guardian:
‘Leonora Carrington ran off with Max Ernst, hung out with Picasso, fled the Nazis and escaped from a psychiatric hospital. Joanna Moorhead travels to Mexico to track down her long-lost cousin, one of Britain’s finest – and neglected – surrealists.’  Read More of the article…

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