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Shoreham Wordfest is delighted to promote this fascinating exhibition of outstanding photographs, in partnership with Farley Arts Trust and Skyway Gallery.
It is a focal part of this year’s Wordfest and our theme of Modernism: Writing a New World.
Lee Miller and Roland Penrose were central to the Surrealist and Modernist movements in art, literature and philosophy during the mid-twentieth century, and retain a powerful influence.
Their Sussex home at Farley Farm House in East Sussex became a centre of the arts attracting national and international figures such as Picasso, Henry Moore, Eileen Agar, Max Ernst and many others
The exhibition, which is open, and free to enter, from 10am - 5pm Tuesday 3 October to Saturday 21 October.
There are a number of related events during Shoreham Wordfest 2017:
We have a talk on Surrealism and the Artistic Heritage of Farleys at the Shoreham Centre on Saturday 7 October at 1pm, followed by gallery tours at 2.30, 3.15 and 4pm.
There is a talk on Women in Photography with photojournalists Marilyn Stafford and Nina Emmett at 12 noon on Saturday 14 October, also at the Shoreham Centre.
This is followed at 2pm by a fascinating talk by Julia Winckler on the creation and promotion of Peacehaven during the interwar years as a new arcadia, while local luminaries such as Virginia and Leonard Woolf saw it as a desecration of the beautiful Sussex Downs.
Our final linked event is a riveting play about the life of Lee Miller, The Angel and The Fiend. This will be on Sunday 15 October, 2.30pm at the Ropetackle Centre. Performed as a rehearsed reading with background photographs by Lee Miller’s son, Antony Penrose and granddaughter, Ami Bouhassane, this is a unique, and very moving insight to a woman who was a pioneer photojournalist, artistic muse and significant influence on 20
th Century art.
For details of these and the whole Shoreham Wordfest programme of 33 diverse events, please see our brochures, or look us up on
Tickets for all our events are available from call them on 01273 464440

Shoreham Wordfest is a voluntary organisation, charity number 1163258

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The three exhibitions, Lee Miller at Farley Farm, Roland Penrose’s Surrealist Camera and Picasso at Play, of outstanding photographs, curated by Ian Chance and Antony Penrose, bring to life key aspects of the lives and work of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. These have been drawn from the extensive archive held at Farleys House and provide moving insight into the world they experienced and the people they knew in the middle years of the twentieth century. Almost all the photographs are by Lee Miller or Roland Penrose. A detailed, explanatory caption is framed with each photograph to help stimulate appreciation, understanding and further thought about the times through which Roland Penrose and Lee Miller lived. For each exhibition there is a catalogue, with an introduction and essay written by the curators, showing all included photographs and captions.

Lee Miller at Farley Farm

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Lee Miller was one of the most remarkable photographers of the twentieth century. This selection of images reveals her everyday life with her husband Roland Penrose at Farleys where they entertained their many famous friends. Here also she eventually recovered from the traumatic years of World War 2 during which she produced some of her most important and challenging work. This selection of photographs includes images of Max Ernst, André Masson, Man Ray, Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso.

Roland Penrose’s Surrealist Camera

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Roland Penrose was the leading British Surrealist artist, biographer and friend of Picasso and many other artists who introduced Surrealism to Britain in the famous exhibition of 1936. Importantly also he took many photographs throughout his life. In this selection a Surrealist’s eye can be seen at work stirring emotions with photographs that metamorphose everyday appearances into startling, dream-like images evoking disturbing sensations within the context of his exotic travels around the world.

Picasso at Play

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This selection of remarkable and personal photographs shows Pablo Picasso with his family and numerous famous friends from the art world including Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. Many of these were taken by Lee. The jaunty hat, the wild looking plaid trousers, the casual shirt and above all the clown mask help us to understand the importance Picasso placed on play.

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