Leonora Carrington: Rebel Visionary

12 July 2024 to 26 October 2024 Newlands House Gallery

The image features an abstract painting on the left with fantastical creatures and vibrant colors, and on the right, a circular golden mask with an expressive, open-mouthed face. The background is plain white.

Celebrating the broad range of Carrington’s work focusing particularly on her later years.

This summer an exhibition aims to shine a spotlight on the expansive – but not widely known - oeuvre of Leonora Carrington (1917- 2011) across the vast variety of media she worked in across her long career.

Although she is best known in the UK as a painter and as a writer - she recently became the highest selling female British artist when her painting Les Distractions de Dagobert (1945) sold for $28.5 million - she created art across a wide range of different disciplines, from paintings and lithographs through sketches and sculpture to tapestries and jewellery. This exhibition will bring together more than 70 outstanding examples of these, with many works that have never been seen in the UK before.

The exhibition will examine Carrington’s legacy as a rebel – she railed against almost everyone and everything she could throughout her life, from her birth family to the social mores of her birthplace to Surrealism itself. It will also explore the many visionary elements of her work, especially her feminism, her ecological awareness, her interest in spirituality outside of organized religion, and her understanding of a world without boundaries.  The exhibition will showcase many pieces from Mexico that have never been seen in the UK, include a wall of masks; a series of masks made for a theatrical production of The Tempest in Mexico in the 1950s; original lithographs; tapestries; sketches; sculptures; jewellery and paintings. 

Curated by Joanna Moorhead, Carrington’s cousin and friend, “Leonora’s work, long neglected in the UK and across the art world, is at last being properly recognized.  It’s sad she didn’t live to see this moment; but it’s wonderful for us to have her art still here, because more than a century on from her birth she has so much to say that’s relevant in today’s world. The themes that were important to her, as long ago as the 1940s, are the themes that are important to all of us today - especially the natural world, our place in it, and the interconnectedness of everyone and everything.”

Opening Hours:

Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm


General Admission (16 years and over): £14.50
Child Admission, under 10 years is free. 10 years to 16 years: £7.25
NHS Staff £7.25 (ID required)
Students £7.25 (ID required)
Family ticket: (2 Adults + 2 Children): £30.00

Tickets: HERE

Further Information: Newlands House Gallery