ICE Public Event: 24th January 2018

Film Screening:
‘Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist’

Plus  ‘in conversation’ with Dr Catriona McAra (Leeds College of Art), co-editer of ‘Leonora Carrington and the International Avant Garde’

Watch the conversation here: YouTube

A gripping tale of aristocracy, Bohemia, surrealism and social revolution, the extraordinary life of Lancastrian-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington (1917 – 2011) is chronicled by film director Teresa Griffiths in this all encompassing study of the ‘lost’ surrealist, who struggling against misogynistic pressures at home eventually found a spiritual kinship in Mexico.  Interspersed with experimental animation, archives, tableaux and revealing interviews (with Gabriel and Pablo, her sons; her biographer and family member, Joanna Moorhead inter alia), the film celebrates a woman who had seen her internationally renowned contribution to the art world overlooked historically in her home country (save for Edge Hill University!).

From Clayton-Le-Woods, Chorley, Leonora Carrington worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement in the thirties – yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City, when she arrived there in 1942, and where in 2011 she died, a veritable national treasure.

This new documentary was produced by Rachel Hooper for Erica Starling Productions to complement the Centennial of Leonora Carrington (1917 – 2017) and includes footage shot in Lancashire (notably at Crookhey Hall, Cockerham, where Leonora was brought up).

Edge Hill University’s Professor Roger Shannon was a consultant for the film, and in June 2017 the University celebrated the Centenary of Leonora Carrington’s birth with a Symposium about her legacy and with an ambition to ‘Re Lancastrianise Leonora.’

Following the screening Prof Shannon will be joined in conversation by Dr Catriona McAra, Leeds College of Art, who co-edited the book ‘Leonora Carrington and the International Avant Garde’; editors, Jonathan P. Eburne, Catriona McAra; Manchester University Press; 2017.

Watch the conversation here: YouTube

Visit ICE’s web site for more information about the University’s engagement with the life and work of Leonora Carrington.

Date: Wednesday 24th January 2018

6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Event Start
8.00pm Refreshments and Networking

Venue: Creative Edge (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed.


Edge Hill and Leonora Carrington
More information about the University’s engagement with the life and work of Leonora Carrington.

‘Wonder Women’ | January – December 2018
Wonder Women- 100 years of women's suffrage100 years ago, some women broke through. The 1918 Representation of the People Act marked the first time that any women in the United Kingdom were able to vote. For the first time, MPs were elected by women as well as men.

Edge Hill University was set up in 1885 as a pioneering institution, the first non-denominational teacher training college for women, and its history is tied up with the struggle for women’s rights and progress. Today its graduation gowns and corporate colours reflect this proud history, honouring the green and purple of the suffrage movement.

Wonder Women will mark the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage with a series of events, installations, and activities across campus from January – December 2018. We hope you can join us!

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