Public Event: 6th April 2017

Thursday 6th April 2017
Library of Mexico, Mexico City

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.  Leonora Carrington was a prolific painter and internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement who became a national treasure in Mexico thousands of miles from her origins in Chorley, Lancashire.  Prof Shannon 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’. 

Watch Professor Shannon’s talk here: YouTube
Watch more excerpts from this celebration of Leonora Carrington: Click Here


This event took place in the Library of Mexico, Mexico City.  More Information


Leonora Carrington OBE (6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011) was an English-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. Leonora Carrington was also a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s. This biography is from Wikipedia.  Read the full Wikipedia entry here…




Related links:

“My ‘wild child’ cousin, the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington”
Throughout her childhood, Joanna Moorhead never heard a good word from her family about her cousin. When she went to Mexico she found out why she had abandoned them 60 years ealier. Read the full article on the Guardian’s website here.

ICE PUBLIC EVENT: Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium
30th June 2017, Edge Hill University
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 now call upon 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. The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus. More Information


Previous related events:

ICE PUBLIC EVENT: In Conversation about Leonora Carrington
29th Apr 2015, Edge Hill University
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.  More Information.

PAINTING EXHIBITION: Leonora Carrington
6th March – 31st May 2015, Tate Liverpool
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.

LITERARY EVENT: Leonora
18th April 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).  More information.

FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE: Imaginarium
March – May 2015, Tate Liverpool
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 and watch the dance here: YouTube

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.  More information.

‘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…


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