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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

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).

Joanna Moorhead, Carrington family member and Leonora’s biographer, will join us for a Q&A after the film screening. Joanna’s ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ was published in 2017 and was Radio 4’s Book of the Week in the run up to Leonora Carrington’s Centennial (April 6th 2017)

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.’

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)


This event is FREE but please click here to register

Joanna Moorhead
Joanna is a journalist and author.  Her features and interviews appear regularly in publications including The Guardian and Tatler.  She writes on a wide range of subjects, and is especially interested in relationships and family life.  She is arts editor of The Tablet newspaper.

In 2006 Joanna discovered a relative she had not previously known, the then 89-year-old Leonora Carrington, artist and Surrealist.  Leonora had disappeared seven decades earlier, and was now living in Mexico.  Joanna travelled to meet her, and went on to spend lots more time with her between then and Leonora’s 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.’



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