About the Centre
The Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies is a unique three-way institutional partnership between the University of Essex and the University of Manchester, and Tate. Between them, the three institutions comprise a highly significant concentration of expertise in the field of surrealist studies in the UK; additionally, Tate has one of the pre-eminent collections of surrealist and contemporary art in the world. The Centre's collaborative ethos offers the benefits of an expanded critical mass of researchers in this important subject area and a strengthening of links between academics, artists and the museum world. The Centre looks outwards, and through its collaboration with other individuals and institutions in the UK aims to reflect the strength of interest in surrealism across the academy, in galleries, and among practising artists.
The Centre was one of a small number of prestigious research centres in the UK to be funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for an initial five-year period from 2002 to 2007. Today it continues to function owing to its success in attracting competitive research funding.