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Surrealism in Britain: Uncanny Landscapes
Wednesday 21 March
Surrealism in Britain: Uncanny Landscapes


Partnership event with The Arts Society Leeds
A lecture by Dr Julia Kelly

French surrealism in the 1920s and 1930s looked for instances of the marvellous in the urban environment. Its British equivalent preferred to draw upon the natural world fluorescence in calcitefor motifs and source materials, in paintings, photography, sculptures and found objects. The irrational forces of nature at work in strange rock formations, in the shapes of bones, shells and sea creatures and in plants and tree growth fascinated artists like Eileen Agar, Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth and F. E. McWilliam.

The surrealist concept of change found a focus in the British Landscape: the accidental form encountered while walking in the country, or beachcombing at the coast. This lecture will explore the British Surrealists’ interest in nature made strange and uncanny, as a source both of wonder but also anxiety: extraordinary but troubling.

Dr Julia Kelly was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute in London. She has taught at the Universities of Manchester and Hull and is currently Research Associate at Loughborough University. She has published on surrealism, art and anthropology, modern and contemporary sculpture and the history of museums and galleries.

The lecture starts at 2.00pm but you are asked to arrive a little earlier and be in your seat by 1.50pm.
Sandwiches and tea / coffee £4.00 - £5.00 can be purchased if required - available from 12.30pm.

Places are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.
To book please email: lectures@theartssocietyleeds.org quoting LitFest ticket.


2.00pm Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Drive, Moor Road, Leeds LS6 4BP
£5