Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies

Events and Calls for Papers

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Artists, museum curators and scholars from diverse academic disciplines take part in a varied programme of events hosted by the Centre. These include workshops and colloquia, an international conference in association with the Edward James Foundation, visiting scholars and artist residences.

Find out details of further surrealist events in this website's listing of Past Events and News.



Narcissus Reflected
22 April - 26 June 2011
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

The exhibition Narcissus Reflected. Myth and Artistic Identity in Twentieth-Century Art, curated by David Lomas and Dawn Ades, displayed works by a number of modern and contemporary artists who investigated the ancient myth of Narcissus in relation to the artist's creative and sexual identities.

Narcissus Reflected included important works of twentieth-century art, such as Salvador Dalí's painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937, Tate Modern); Jess's large collage drawing Narkissos (1976-1991, SFMOMA); Yayoi Kusama's installation Narcissus Garden (first exhibited at the Venice Biennale of 1966) and Pipilotti Rist's video Sip My Ocean (1996).

A fascinating show making manifest a tendency in modern art that you'd always known was there without ever quite getting around to seeing. So see it.’ Charles Darwent, The Independent.

Talks & Events Recordings

David Lomas talks about the exhibition

Conference & Symposia:


The Centre's 2011 PhD symposium took place at Tate Modern in conjunction with the exhibition Joan Miró. The Ladder of Escape (14 April - 11 September 2011). Postgraguate students from the UK, France, Germany and the US working in a range of humanistic disciplines that comprise art history, musicology and philosophy presented papers on a variety of topics relating to the history and reception of surrealism. Their works stimulated a lively discussion within an audience of young researchers and established scholars. The symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion on the Miró exhibition with curators Marko Daniel and Matthew Gale.


27 - 28 June 2011
Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester

A two-day interdisciplinary conference in conclusion of the AHRC project on surrealism and queer sexuality. The conference took place in Manchester on 27 - 28 June 2011.