Leonora Carrington - Film - Edge Hill Uni - 5-8pm - 24/1/18

Leonora Carrington - Film - Edge Hill Uni - 5-8pm - 24/1/18

Jan, 17 2018

~When we consider well known surrealists the first person that comes to mind is Salvador Dali. Born in Figueres, Catalonia Spain he went on to create such classic work such as The Persistence of Memory (1931) The Elephants (1948) and Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954).

It was during the height of Dali’s success that a Lancastrian- Mexican artist was emerging into the mainstream. Leonora Carrington was born in 1917 and died in 2011. Her life consisted of aristocracy, bohemia, surrealism and social revolutionary.

She was born  locally at Clayton - Le Woods in Chorley and worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris. In 1942 she moved to Mexico as an unknown artist and spent the remainder of her life there in which she became a national treasure.

On Wednesday 24th January 2018 at the Creative Edge building 25 at Edge Hill University you can view a revealing documentary simply called ‘Leonora Carrington :- The Lost Surrealist - Film Screening. It will be shown between 5pm-8pm in the evening with the opportunity for Q and A’s with Joanna Moorhead.

Joanna is a journalist and author. In 2006 Joanna discovered a relative she had not previously known, the then 89-year-old Leonora Carrington. She spent time with her up until her death in 2011.On 6 April 2017, the centenary of Leonora’s birth, Virago published Joanna’s account of her friendship with Leonora, and of the artist’s extraordinary and eventful life.

The film will capture experimental animation, archives, tableaux and  insightful interviews (with Gabriel and Pablo, her sons; her biographer and family member, Joanna Moorhead inter alia). It will respectfully celebrate a woman who had seen her internationally renowned contribution to the art world overlooked historically in her home country.

Here is a brief summary of what the evening will entail :-
6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Event Start :- The Feature Film
8.00pm Refreshments and Networking


This event is FREE but please log on to ICE :- Public Event 24th January to attend.

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.’

Rachel Hooper has produced this enchanting documentary 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).

Much like  Dali in the late 40s Carrington spent a good thirty years or so dedicating her life to her art. There are though apparent differences in the cause and age of death. Dali died at the age of 87 in 1982 from a form of Parkinson’s and Carrington died at 94 in 2011 from complications arising from pneumonia.

You can visit ICE’s web site for more information about Edge Hill’s  engagement with the life and work of Leonora Carrington.

Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist - Film Screening Plus Q&A with Joanna Moorhead
Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) - Edge Hill University
Time & Date: 5-8pm, Wednesday 24th January 2018.

^Alex Ashworth.