It’s rare that I don’t post anything on Angela Carter. And so here’s an event, or series of events, in Bristol on Carter that looks really amazing: Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter. There’s an exhibition of works that inspired Carter and other related material, plus talks and events.
A major exhibition that celebrates the life, work and influences of Angela Carter twenty five years after her death.
In bringing together art and literature, Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter explores the enormous impact of author and journalist Angela Carter – one of the most distinctive literary voices of the last 100 years.
Echoing Carter’s recurring themes of feminism, mysticism, sexuality and fantasy, the exhibition includes historically significant works by Marc Chagall, William Holman Hunt, Paula Rego, Dame Laura Knight, Leonora Carrington and John Bellany, on loan from major national collections.
The exhibition also features works by major contemporary artists who were either directly influenced by Carter, or who explore themes found throughout her work. These include Ana Maria Pacheco – who will exhibit her macabre and unsettling installation, The Banquet – Alice Maher, Eileen Cooper RA, Tessa Farmer, Nicola Bealing RWA, Marcelle Hanselaar and Lisa Wright RWA.
Delving into the latent meanings of childhood fairytales and the twisted imagery of gothic mysticism, this exhibition pays homage to the dark and compelling drama of Carter’s visual imagination – brutal, surrealist and savage.
The exhibition will include painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, printmaking and film alongside illustrations from Carter’s books, manuscripts, photographs and personal artefacts that give a fascinating and intimate insight into her life and work.
Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter is curated by Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts of UWE, and the artist and writer Fiona Robinson RWA. This exhibition is part of Bristol 800 – a city-wide festival that celebrates significant Bristol anniversaries along with other commemorative and special events.