Event 22

Wednesday 8th November 2023 | 5.00 pm

Event 22 | Joanna Moorhead | Surreal Spaces


Joanna Moorhead – Surreal Spaces – The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington (1917- 2011) is now considered to be in the vanguard, not only in histories of women artists but also Surrealism. Her themes – feminism, ecology, the interconnectedness of everything – have never been so on trend. In this remarkable book, Joanna Moorhead traces Carrington’s footsteps, vividly exploring her life and art, loves and friendships as she takes us on a journey through pivotal locations across Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, the US and finally Mexico where Leonora lived for more than 60 years.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Hugh Dunford-Wood

When: Wednesday 8th November 2023 @ 5.00 pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom


Joanna Moorhead is a journalist who writes for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and many other publications. In 2010 she co-curated the touring exhibition ‘Surreal Friends’ on the work of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna. Her memoir The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington was published in English and Spanish in 2017 to critical acclaim. ‘As strange and haunting as Leonora Carrington’s surrealist paintings’, Lynn Barber, The Sunday Times. “Strikes a balance between between art criticism and cracking storytelling,’ Rachel Spence, Financial Times. Moorhead is the author of eight other books. 

Hugh Dunford Wood  has worked as an independent artist designer since student days at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art in the 1970s.  He paints landscapes & portraits, makes prints and also designs & handprints wallpapers based on sketches of the natural world.  His inspiration for work comes by drawing on the street and in the field, and living in Bridport, has access to both, right outside his front and back doors.  He delights in working with his hands in the most simple and direct ways.  Always keen to demystify the role of the arts, he co-founded the first Open Studio Weeks in Britain in 1983, in Oxfordshire, and the Lyme Regis ArtsFest in 2003. He also run occasional workshops showing others how to make design and wallpaper by hand.  He is a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Artist Member of the Royal Western Academy. He has been Artist in Residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theatre when it first opened in 2000, and The Museum of Bermuda Art in 2009 to mark of the 400th anniversary of settlement. 


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