It includes the first major UK exhibition for twenty years of the work of the British painter Leonora Carrington (b. 1917 and the only living artist of the group), alongside her close friends the Spanish painter Remedios Varo (1908-1963) and the Hungarian photographer Kati Horna (1912-2000).

The series of exhibitions will explore the extraordinary lives of these women, friends in exile in Mexico in the 1940s, in a celebration and reclamation of their works - many of which are largely unknown in the UK today. Whilst each of their stories provide a stand-alone portrait of the artist and their times, they come together to form a startling insight into the often problematic place of the women on the fringes of the Surrealist movement.

Alongside these three major exhibitions the ‘Surreal Friends' season at Pallant House Gallery will also include ‘Surrealism and Sussex' an exhibition drawing on the rich tradition of surrealism in the county, including works patronised by the famous surrealist benefactor and resident of West Dean Edward James, and pieces by the photographer, model and friend of Carrington Lee Miller, and Roland Penrose who both lived in nearby Chiddingly; and an installation of art kites in the Eighteenth century stairwell by the leading Mexican artist Francisco Toledo, father of Dr Lakra; as well as an extensive programme of events drawing on the key themes.