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“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision” – Salvador Dali

Whether it’s a painting of a melting clock, a lobster phone sculpture or a dreamlike poetic composition, all Surrealist art has one thing in common – the unexpected.

Originating in Paris during the early 1900s, Surrealism sought to release the unbridled imagination of the subconscious. Inspired by the disregard for tradition fostered by Dada at the close of the 1800s, Surrealism developed into an international intellectual and political movement spanning artistic outlets including literature, fine art, photography and film.

Surrealism relies heavily on using symbols to communicate surprising and unconventional ideas, ultimately allowing artists to free themselves from the restrictions imposed by reason and society. Deemed to remain eternally avant-garde, Surrealism still has a huge influence on contemporary life today.   

The Presenter


BAFTA winning actor, screenwriter and film director, Peter Capaldi has enjoyed a long and varied career, with his prominence reaching new heights as he tackles the highly sought after role as the 12th Doctor Who.

Best known for his portrayal of explosively erratic and foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in “The Thick of It”, his work extends beyond acting, having won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 1995.

With three decades in TV and film under his belt, he has taken time out and turned his attention to the unfettered world of Surrealism.