In Conversation about Leonora Carrington
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Creative Edge Building, Edge Hill University
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Learn more about the intriguing history and artistic practice of Leonora Carrington, a prolific painter and internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement, she 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.
PAINTING EXHIBITION: Leonora Carrington
6th March – 31st May 2015, Tate Liverpool
Edge Hill University is sponsoring the Leonora Carrington Exhibition at Tate Liverpool. The exhibition celebrates the creations of internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011). This will be the first UK solo exhibition of work by Chorley-born Leonora Carrington for over 20 years.
Edge Hill University’s Professor Roger Shannon has acted as a Special Advisor to Tate Liverpool in the creation of the exhibition, which will look at how the artist established her distinctive take on surrealism; characterised by eccentric beings which shift between plant, animal, human and object; between reality and otherworldliness. Taking key paintings as its starting point the Leonora Carrington exhibition examines Carrington’s diverse practice and uses the artist’s own words, brought together by Mexican author Chloe Aridjis, to narrate the display.
Admission normally costs £8 (£6 concessions), but is free for EHU staff and students. All you need to do is download and print the attached ticket and take it along with student or staff ID such as a Unicard. You can take a guest, who won’t need ID, and also get a 10% discount in the shop and café.
SHORT FILM: Leonora Carrington – Britain’s Lost Surrealist
Featuring rare archive footage, this short film follows Leonora Carrington’s cousin and journalist, Joanna Moorhead, exploring the artist’s story.
Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian.
My highlight: Leonora Carrington, by Chloe Aridjis, The Guardian
Tate Liverpool exhibition celebrates North West surrealist, by Catherine Jones, Livepool Echo
Lancashire’s ‘under-recognised’ surrealist, Lancashire Evening Post
The Big Interview: Joanna Moorhead On Leonora Carrington, The Double Negative
Other related events:
LITERARY EVENT: Leonora
18th Apr 2015, Liverpool Town Hall
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). Photos Click HERE
FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE: Imaginarium
Sundays 15 March, 26 April and 10 May 2015, 15.00–15.15 and 16.00–16.15
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.
SCULPTURE EXHIBITION: The Possibilities of Dreams
26th Feb 2015 – 24th May, Museum of Art and History of Guanajuato
10 bronze sculptures born from the fantastic imagery of the artist Leonora Carrington, one of the ultimate representatives of surrealism in Latin America, of English origin and settled in Mexico since 1942 until her death in 2011. This exhibit, property of Fundición Artística Velasco, is presented as a well-deserved posthumous homage, being awarded with the National Award of Sciences and Arts, the ultimate recognition given by the Mexican government in the field of Fine Arts.
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