New Book about Lancashire-born Artist Leonora Carrington

03 February 2020

Artist and writer Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) was originally born in Chorley. She received much critical acclaim and achieved stellar status in Mexico, where she lived and worked for most of her life. A new academic work on her life and work has recently been published.

New Book about Lancashire-born Artist Leonora Carrington

Entitled  "Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies" the new book explores, questions, and enables new ways of thinking about Carrington’s legacy.

The book brings together a collection of chapters that constitute a range of artistic, scholarly and creative responses to the realm of Carrington emphasizing how her work becomes a medium, a milieu, and a provocation for new thinking, being and imagining in the world. The diversity of contributions from scholars, early career researchers, and artists, include unpublished papers, interviews, creative provocations, and writing from practice-led interventions.

Wishing to expand on recent important scholarly publications by established Carrington researchers which have brought historical and international significance to the artist’s legacy, this volume offers new perspectives on the artist’s relevance in feminist thinking and artistic methodologies.

With numerous contributions from researchers and academics around the world, the book has been caringly edited by Professor Ailsa Cox, Professor Roger Shannon, James Hewison and Michelle Mann of Edgehill University

Professor Ailsa Cox is the only UK academic in the UK to hold a Professorship in Short Fiction. She is a much-published author and leads creative writing workshops on Carrington for postgraduate students.

Professor Roger Shannon, under the aegis of EHU’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) has generated extensive critical discussion around the screen showings of Josh Appignanesi’s film Female Human Animal (2018) and Teressa Griffith’s Leonora Carrington: the Lost Surrealist (2017). He hosted “In Conversation about Leonora Carrington” (2015) with the then Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool Francesco Manacorda and the journalist, writer and Carrington family member Joanna Moorhead.

Senior Lecturers James Hewison and Michelle Man’s choreographic work “Imaginarium” (2015), partly developed at Carrington’s childhood home in Lancashire, was premiered at the 2015 Tate exhibition and has since toured internationally.

Collectively the editors bring together their expertise from different fields of research creating a multi-faceted lens through which they have been able to develop, disseminate and promote what they identify in this volume as the vibrancy of Carrington’s living legacies, her cult status, as well as her historical importance within art and feminist writings. Their research activities and performances also contributed to the institution’s support for the Leonora Carrington: Transgressing Discipline exhibition at the Tate, Liverpool (2015).  

You can order the book "Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies" from Vernon Books -

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