Leonora Carrington - Hybrid Bodies: Erotic Desires and Subversive Powers

20 June 2019


Venue: Make Your Own Shift, The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA

Organiser: Hatty Bush and Kay Leathers

Fierce Crafts is a collaborative event for everyone who wants to learn about feminism, develop some art and craft skills and meet like-minded people in a fun and informal setting. Hatty Bush has a BA in Art History and English Literature, and an MA in Gender, Society and Representation from University College London, where she specialised in the representation of feminism within art institutions.

This workshop will examine the artwork of Leonora Carrington. Beginning with a brief presentation on her life and paintings, we will then use some traditional Surrealist games to design our own surreal hybrid bodies! Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a prolific artist and novelist, and an internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement. This workshop will investigate her fantastical figures as forms of liberation from social expectations. Her exploration of gender far surpassed that of her male contemporaries like Salvador Dali and Andre Breton. Her creations move beyond the limiting binaries of male / female, human / animal, organic / machine. They are hybrid bodies. This event is untutored and all abilities are welcome. Illustrator Kay Leathers will provide some guiding, should you need it! Art materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.