Birmingham’s forgotten female surrealist, Emmy Bridgwater
Join art historian and author of MUSE, Ruth Millington, for a talk about the life and work of overlooked Birmingham surrealist, Emmy Bridgwater.
As both a regional and female artist, Emmy Bridgwater has been largely forgotten. However, Ruth Millington will uncover Bridgwater’s pivotal role in Surrealism. With one of her works belonging to the RBSA Collection, and a new blue plaque not long ago installed in Edgbaston, Bridgwater’s story begins in Birmingham, however, she also made her mark in London and Paris. Employing the same striking symbolism of birds and eggs across poetry, drawing, collage and painting, she impressed her contemporaries; André Breton himself said that “Bridgwater brought a new purity of outlook to British Surrealism”. One of the movement’s most subversive artists, it’s about time that her story was told.
A 45 min talk will be followed by Q&A.
Organised by Royal Birmingham Society of Artists – RBSA.
Image: Emmy Bridgwater, Stark Encounter, © RBSA
Date & Time
Thurs 14 Sept | 6pm–7pm
RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Jewellery Quarter, B3 1SA
Free, or add voluntary donation.
AccessThe RBSA building is fully accessible.