The Dada & Surrealism Research Group (DSRG) has been established to bring together world-class scholarship on Dada and Surrealism across the University of Edinburgh. The Group provides an interdisciplinary forum for staff and students to facilitate exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and curators.

Dada & Surrealism Research Group members are working on leading international projects and collaborate closely with some of the world’s greatest art institutions, including MoMA, Royal Academy of Arts, LACMA, National Galleries of Scotland, National Gallery of Canada, The Photographers’ Gallery, and TATE.

DSRG meetings are held twice each semester, during which group members discuss new work.

External speakers are regularly invited to deliver lectures and workshops as part of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and to give public talks at the weekly History of Art Research Seminar Series. 

Recently, PhD candidate DSRG members organised Aggression, Transgression, and the Avant-garde, a one-day interdisciplinary event at ECA considering the nature, significance and legacies of avant-garde responses to the various socio-political crises of the twentieth century.

The DSRG welcomes staff and students from across the University of Edinburgh. Please get in touch with the Group Convener, Dr Patricia Allmer, if you would like to join and share your expertise.

Follow the group at @DadaSurrealism on Twitter for further information and updates:

Dada & Surrealism Public Talks Series 2018/19

11 Oct 2018 Patrick Elliott (National Galleries of Scotland) | Leonora Carrington’s Portrait of Max Ernst, c. 1939: A New Acquisition for the National Galleries of ScotlandEdinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

16 Oct 2018 | Christy Heflin (Royal Holloway, University of London) | Eileen Agar and Surrealist ScienceEdinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

18 Oct 2018Dr Felicity Gee (University of Exeter) | Object-fantasticality [gegenstandsfantastik] - or What is Magic Realism? | Edinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

18 Feb 2019Professor David Hopkins (University of Glasgow) | Illustration and Vulgarity: Surrealism and the Politics of Nostalgia | Edinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

5 Mar 2019 | Kirstie Meehan (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Collage in Focus: The Challenge to Painting: Dada and Surrealist Collage in the Collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art | Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two, Boardroom | 11am – 12.30pm | Booking information to followView event >

11 Mar 2019 | Dr Catriona McAra (Leeds Arts University) | Curating Carrington in Contemporary ArtEdinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

15 Apr 2019 | Justin Kaushall (University of Warwick) | Utopian Spontaneity: Adorno’s Concept of Mimesis and Surrealist Automatic WritingEdinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

6 May 2019 | Dr Julia Drost (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris) | Utopias and Dystopias of Nature: Ecological Thought in Surrealism | Edinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building Lecture Theatre O17 | 5.15pm - 6.15pm | View event >

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Image courtesy of Karolina Koczynska
DSRG members in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art archive

Dada & Surrealism Research Group members are working on leading international projects and collaborate closely with some of the world’s greatest art institutions, including MoMA, Royal Academy of Arts, LACMA, National Galleries of Scotland, National Gallery of Canada, The Photographers’ Gallery, and TATE.

Dada & Surrealism related courses and programmes at Edinburgh College of Art

We offer the following courses on our History of Art - MA (Hons), Fine Art - MA and all combined undergraduate degree programmes.

Breaking Frames: Women in Dada and Surrealism

Expressionism, Dada, Bauhaus and Beyond

Twentieth Century Picasso

Dada and Surrealism: The Shattered Subject

We also offer the following two modules at postgraduate level for students on our Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism - MSc and History of Art, Theory and Display - MSc programmes.

Critical Episodes in Twentieth-Century German Art: Cultural Exchanges and Divisions

Surrealism, Violence and History

Would you like to undertake research-led study at ECA?

We also offer a range of research-led postgraduate programmes. Find out more.


Are you interested in studying History of Art - MA (Hons) at Edinburgh College of Art?


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