Andrew Myers takes a look at the new season of exhibitions now open at the home of the Surrealists

With the approach of Spring, I’m challenging myself to overcome my natural tendency to sloth, and explore some of the many treasures to be found within easy reach of Hastings. One such gem is Farleys farmhouse, the former home of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose.

Photographer Lee Miller and artist Roland Penrose came to live at Farleys in 1949, and for the thirty five years that followed they built up a collection of contemporary art works, many of which were created by their friends and visitors, including Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Paul Éluard and Joan Miró. 

These are on display in the main house alongside works by Miller and Penrose themselves.

There’s also a sculpture garden and free exhibitions in the converted former workshop space. Their new season has just opened and there are plenty of exciting treats in store.

‘CHECKMATE. Checks cleverly placed, London, England 1943’
by Lee Miller
PICTURE: © Lee Miller Archives, England 2019

Lee Miller In Colour: Lee Miller
Sundays, 7 April 2019 – 14 October 2019

An icon of 20th century photography, Lee Miller is renowned for her striking black and white surrealist imagery and fearless war reportage. However, now for the first time, through this exhibition, her extraordinary mastery of colour can be witnessed. 

The exhibition traces her development as she kept up to date with the newest colour technologies – from the laborious Tri-Carbro process in her New York studio in 1933, through colour reversal film, to large format colour film from her time with British Vogue during
the Second World War.

Until recently, the colour images were almost completely hidden due to the risk of printing from such fragile originals. Now digital scanning technology allows us to preserve them for generations
to come. Running until 14th October, this show is unmissable and breathtakingly beautiful.

The Deanland Project: John Brockliss & Alexander JohnsonSundays,
7 April 2019 – 2 June 2019

A collaboration between artist Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss, this photo-documentary and project archive is centred around Deanland Airfield in East Sussex.

Day Trip To Farley Farm: Sir Peter Blake
Sundays, 9 June 2019 – 4 August 2019

In summer, there’ll be a significant exhibition by Sir Peter Blake. In the ‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition of 1961 at the ICA, Blake exhibited alongside David Hockney and was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement. Blake is probably best known for co-creating the highly acclaimed album sleeve art for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

‘The Huntress, 1999’ by Desmond Morris
PICTURE: © Lee Miller Archives, England 2019

Works On Paper: Desmond Morris
Sundays, 11 August 2019 – 13 October 2019

A much anticipated exhibition by the legendary artist, zoologist and Director of the ICA (1967 – 68) Desmond Morris completes this exciting season. Having recently celebrated his 91st birthday, Morris will exhibit brand new works created exclusively for this exhibition.

• Farleys House & Gallery Muddles Green, Chiddingly, East Sussex, BN8 6HW.
Opening Times: Each Sunday from 10am (April – October)
Gallery admission is free.
House Tour is £13.50 (includes garden entry)
Guided tours run from 10.30am to 3.30pm
Sculpture Garden is £3.50

• For more information call 01825 872856 or visit their website

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