Charlotte Cory: Capturing the Brontës

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Imaginative, witty installation on the history of early photography

Imaginative, witty installation on the history of early photography

An installation by Charlotte Cory, one of the country's leading surreal photographic artists. The exhibition is an imaginative, witty and informative exploration of the Brontës and the history of early photography, drawing on the Victorian craze for collecting cartes des visite – portraits once produced in their millions and now discarded. Using twenty-first century techniques, Cory creates colourful new characters for these long forgotten figures, which are at the same time poignantly reminiscent of Victorian taxidermy; animals collected and preserved for posterity in their glory, and now extinct.


The Exhibitions:

Charlotte Cory: Visitoriana

14th September 2013 - 12th January 2014

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate HG1 2SA

Capturing the Brontës

4th October - 31st December 2013

Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth BD22 8DR

Capturing the Brontës: Charlotte Cory's Visitoriana

5th - 28th February 2014

Long & Ryle Gallery, London SW1P 4PX


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Charlotte Cory in conversation

Wednesday 23rd October, 14:00 / West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth

Jane Sellars, author of Art of the Brontës and Curator of Art at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, takes artist Charlotte Cory to task for bringing a giraffe into the Parsonage.

Tickets £5

To book contact Louisa - / 01535 640188

Jane and Charlotte will also be in conversation at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate on Thursday 7th November, 2pm (£5). Please book via / 01423 556188

Make your own Visitorian!

Wednesday 30th October, 11:00-16:00 

Create your own Visitorian, inspired by the Capturing the Brontës exhibition. Why not bring in a tiny photograph of your pet to make your own Visitorian pet portrait?

Free with admission to the Museum. Drop in event - no need to book.


Wednesday 30th October, 13:00 - 16:00 / Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Create collages and a different family portrait inspired by Charlotte Cory's 'Visitoriana' exhibition. You can bring along a photograph of your pet or other animal or the Gallery can provide the material for you.

£1 per go. Drop in event - no need to book.

The Brontës go to Harrogate

Monday 25th November, 14:00 / Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Visit the Harrogate exhibition of Charlotte Cory's Brontë-inspired work and hear Ann Dinsdale, Collections Manger of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, give a talk on the remarkable Brontë family.

Tickets £5

Please book via / 01423 556188

A Visitorian Christmas Eve

Friday 6th December, 19:00

Charlotte Cory curates an alternative Christmas night at the Parsonage, where the Visitorians have taken over the Museum for one very special evening. A certain Mr Dickens drops by and Charlotte gives a candlelit 'Visitorian' tour of the house accompanied by festive treats, Visitorian carols and crackers around the tree.

Tickets £15

To book contact Louisa - / 01535 640188

A Visitorian Christmas Day

Saturday 7th December, 11:00-16:00

Join artist Charlotte Cory at the Museum for this magical Visitorian Christmas for families; have your own Visitorian portrait taken, visit the Brontë Puppet Theatre and sing carols round the tree.

Free with admission to the Museum. Drop in event - no need to book.

*Events will take place at Brontë Parsonage Museum unless otherwise stated.

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I came to the museum because I love the Bronte's and their work and was looking forward to seeing all the artefacts that I have heard so much about. I was devastated to instead find all the photos and artwork altered by super-imposed animal heads! I had not been informed of this atrocious 'artwork' upon arrival nor was it adequately publicised on the website. Don't go to the museum unless you want to the see the sisters famous portrait desecrated by the sight of them with seagull heads! There was not even any explanation of what the point of this was as the guide's have not been updated. This should have been a separate exhibition not something that was unavoidable and intrusive, not to mention disprectful. I'm only glad I travelled 100 miles to see the home of my heroines rather than flying in from Japan like one unfortunate tourist I met. I hope my donation was not used to fund this atrocity.

mary wood at 17/11/2013 05:09pm

This exhibition adds little to the enjoyment of the Parsonage, and indeed, distracts from the Bronte history any visitor hopes to absorb. So many exhibits that the guide refers to are missing, replaced by a dog in a dress, or some such. If the Charlotte Cory exhibits had been shown altogether in a single place, visitors may have got more enjoyment out of it. As it is, something that I'd been looking forward to for some time was spoilt by these intrusive objects.

Penelope Humphris at 05/11/2013 12:17am

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