S for Spellbound: Anthony Earnshaw and Surrealism

20 June, 2018

Kenneth Cox will be giving a talk at Inkwell Arts at 7.30pm on Friday, 28th June 2018 about Anthony Earnshaw.


Born in Ilkley in 1924, the same year as the publication of the first Manifesto of Surrealism, Anthony Earnshaw died in Saltburn-by-Sea in 2001, and is fondly remembered by his many friends. Most of his life was spent in Leeds, where, as a young factory worker, he discovered Surrealism through books in the city’s Central Library. From starting to paint “strange” pictures, he eventually left the factory behind in his mid-life, to become an art lecturer and full-time practitioner. He was an extraordinary artist, perhaps best known for his boxed assemblages, but also painted and drew; he was an occasional writer and aphorist, producing several illustrated books, including the highly-original Musrum, co-written with his great friend, Eric Thacker. Those who knew Tony will recall his subversive and oblique wit, the humour that was leaning at every corner, waiting to deflate pretension and pomposity. Surrealism – together with anarchism and jazz – proved to be an abiding inspiration that brought him into contact with many kindred spirits, rebels and poets. As Earnshaw himself put it, “Surrealism for me was home. I was among friends at last, having been away in a foreign land all my life. The spell of it then cast remains a frisky imp haunting my life.”


Derelict Marvels Talk

15 June, 2018

We will be giving a talk at 7.30pm on Friday, 22nd June 2018 on various aspects of the theme of our current exhibition at Inkwell Arts

Derelict Marvels

18 May, 2018

LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP are holding an exhibition ‘Derelict Marvels’ at Inkwell Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW from 14th June to 17th July 2018

Further information can be found on the Inkwell Arts website here.

The Archeology of Hope

5 January, 2018

The Archaeology of Hope was launched on the winter solstice of 2016, with an invitation to a game that culminated on the summer solstice of 2017, which included the participation of three members of Leeds Surrealist Group.

The book is a catalogue of the results of the game, and a record of the exhibition and performance ritual that sprang from it.

Available to buy at cost price as a print-on-demand paperback from Lulu

Also available as a free downloadable pdf

Spectral Projections

22 October, 2017

LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP are presenting an evening of surprise short films, with introductions and a discussion, at 7.00pm on Friday, 17th November, 2017 at Inkwell Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Surrealist Editions Website

3 August, 2017

After some lengthy problems with the website set up for our publications, we are happy to announce that it has now been restored:


Peculiar Mormyrid No.5

9 June, 2017

Leeds Surrealist Group contributed a collage game, creating two ‘masks’ using maps of the centre of our city, for the fifth issue of the journal, Peculiar Mormyrid:

A pdf of the journal can be found here.

Peculiar Mormyrid No.4

26 November, 2016

Leeds Surrealist Group contributed a collage game, creating six imaginary sea creatures, for the fourth issue of the journal, Peculiar Mormyrid.


A pdf of the journal can be found here.

19th Leeds International Artists’ Book Fair

4 February, 2016

LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP will have a Surrealist Editions table at this year’s International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ.


For further information: here and The Tetley website

Waterloo & Elsewhere

12 November, 2015

Waterloo & Elsewhere by Peter Overton


A collection of photographs with accompanying captions that build into a verbal-visual poem. With 34 full-colour and 2 black-and-white plates printed on Chorus Lux Silk paper, and an introduction by Krzysztof Fijalkowski.

‘Peter Overton’s images of abandoned objects belong in a tradition of the documentation of detritus and material affray running from Atget’s pictures of early twentieth-century rag pickers in the zone on the outskirts of Paris, through the work of Czech photographers such as Emila Medková and Alois Nožička exploring waste grounds and marginal sites.’ – from the introduction, Down Is Up, by Krzysztof Fijalkowski.

In a limited edition of 100 numbered copies only.

42 pages – 17cm x 17cm square format – November 2015 – ISBN 978-1-906238-03-2

Price including postage & packing:
UK £8.00
Europe £10.50
USA & Rest of the World £11.00

Buy online at www.surrealisteditions.co.uk