Angels of Anarchy, Women Artists and Surrealism

26 September - 10 January

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Angels of Anarchy is the first major exhibition in Europe to explore the crucial role that women artists played in the Surrealist art movement.

The exhibition features over 150 artworks, including paintings, photography and sculpture and surreal objects, created by three generations of artists from around the globe.

The 32 artists are some of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, including Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Meret Oppenheim and Leonora Carrington. These were radical, revolutionary women whose work still inspires, and sometimess shocks, today.

Our accompanying workshop for educators and secondary and post 16 students explores the exhibition’s five key themes, which include: fantasy, interior, landscape, portrait/self portrait, and still life.

Please also visit our artists’ biographies to find out more and help you plan your visit.

This exhibition is particularly relevant to teachers and students of Art, Craft and design, History of art, Photography, Textiles, Critical studies and Creative arts and media.

Secondary and Post 16 Workshop
It’s so Surreal

We take you and your students on a surreal journey around the gallery using the exhibition’s key themes and works from our permanent collection to explore Surrealist concepts and develop students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.

Cost: £65 (20 student’s maximum)
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins

For more information or to book, please contact:
Tel: 0161 235 8842
Fax: 0161 274 7145

Teenangels: Angels of Anarchy GCSE Art Project

Manchester Art Gallery has been working in partnership with Levenshulme High School to make new work in response to Angels of Anarchy.

Seven students completing a GCSE Applied Art course were invited to create artworks inspired by the exhibition’s key themes. Working with artist and gallery educator, Amanda McCrann, the students have researched the artists and investigated surrealist concepts. They have considered the role of women in the past and in contemporary society and how they would like to represent young women in 2009.

The students selected the theme reflection of oneself and chose the following words to invite you to enter their perspective on the resulting artworks:


Public reflections on the students work include:

Outstanding – I love the fact that local teenage artists have had the opportunity to show their artwork. All amazing and unique. I particularly like the backwards art as you come in through the door – keep up the good work.

This is amazing – If I was anything like this at GCSE I would have been well proud. I have just experienced a 1st year of Fine Art at Uni and your work is 10 times better than anything we’ve seen.

I am really impressed with this work and I think the students, teachers and artist should be very proud of themselves. The artwork is inspiring – well done.

Please take time to see the resulting work during your visit.

The young women artists who took part in this project are:

Lauren Bailey
Milly Byford
Nashay Cooper
Bianca Russell
Abby Shah
Rowan Szulek
Istahil Yusuf

Thank you to Levenshulme High School and the support of teachers
Alice Tasker and Lisa Somers.

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To make an enquiry please contact our Schools and Colleges Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8842
Fax: 0161 274 7145