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Experience the magical visions of Surrealism – but from an unusual perspective. Surrealism originated in Paris in 1924, in the aftermath of the First World War. Artists such as Eileen Agar, Roland Penrose and John Banting visited Paris to meet the Surrealists and went on to develop their own unique British Surrealist style.
This exhibition is from The Sherwin Family Collection, arguably the most significant collection of British Surrealism in private ownership, which has found a permanent home with The Hepworth Wakefield. It shows the diversity of British Surrealism and European influences, with paintings, collage, drawings, ceramics and sculpture by artists including Max Ernst, Julian Trevelyan, F.E. McWilliam and Man Ray.
Works by talented female Surrealists who are only now receiving recognition, such as Leonora Carrington and Ithell Colquhoun, will be on display. Also on view will be pieces by artists working today who have been influenced by Surrealism, including Turner Prize artists Michael Dean and Helen Marten.
When Dreams Confront Reality: Surrealism in Britain is organised by The Hepworth Wakefield in collaboration with the Victoria Art Gallery.
The exhibition will be free for Discovery Card holders.
As part of the exhibition, there will be free family activities with a Surrealist theme over October half-term 2023:
The Big Draw – Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealist drawing game - Saturday 21 October, 10:30am to 2pm
What wild and weird creatures can you come up with? Play the Surrealist artists’ drawing game and create a unique creature using pastels and card.
Surreal Sunnies or Cact-eye glasses - Tuesday 24, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October, 10:30am to 2pm
Create cact-eye glasses for a surreal view of the exhibition. Make surreal sunglasses using colouring pens and colourful felt.
Marvellous Masks - Wednesday 25 October, 10:30am to 2pm
Make a marvellous mask of one of our Surreal characters from the exhibition. With one eye or an apple for a head, use your imagination to create a fun mask.
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