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The Lives and Works of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose Antony Penrose Tuesday 21 November 2017

Antony Penrose is the son of the American photographer Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, surrealist artist and biographer of Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies. He grew up in his family home, Farley Farm House, in Chiddingly, East Sussex which he describes as being ‘a continuous arts congress’. Many of the great figures of modern art were visitors – Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Henry Moore and Eileen Agar were part of this unique crossover of painting, sculpture, literature and drama that helped to shape modern art in Britain. Antony presents an intimate, witty and highly personal account of the lives of his parents and their friends using illustrations that draw on many of Lee Miller’s photographs and paintings by Roland Penrose as well as works by the many friends of the family now held by the Penrose Collection. The day of special interest presents three themes:

The Legendary Lee Miller

The life of Lee Miller, told with reference to those with whom she exchanged creative inspiration, such as Man Ray, Roland Penrose, Pablo Picasso,

Roland Penrose – The Friendly Surrealist

Back-stage at the Lee Miller Archives

A behind the scenes look at the creation of the Lee Miller Archive which houses more than 60,000 negatives of her work, 10,000 vintage prints plus manuscripts and ephemera. We see how Lee Miller’s family conserve and disseminate her work and that of Roland Penrose and their home Farley Farm House, now  a museum, from which the archive produces a constant stream of books, films and exhibitions.

The venue will be the Blue Ball Inn, Sidford, which has ample parking.  The Inn has a pleasant room fully equipped for talks with generous space for eating and moving about. A hot 2 course meal is included in your fee and will be served at our tables.  A choice of menu will be sent in the autumn to those who have booked a place.  Doors open for registration at 9.30am. The first lecture will begin at 10.0 am, followed by a break for coffee at 11.00. A second lecture will precede lunch which will be served at 12.30. The final session will be from 2.00 until 3.00.

 The cost of the day will be £28 and the booking form can be found on the documents page by clicking here.