Sophie in her own words: exhibition of manuscripts, photographs and artefacts from the University's Special Collections relating to Polish writer and poet Sophie Gaudier-Brzeska

09 March 2017 - 23 June 2017


Time: 09:00
Venue: Special Collections Room, 1st Floor, Albert Sloman Library, Colchester Campus

 Sophie Gaudier-Brzeska arrived in London in 1911 penniless with her partner - the French Sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska - to start a new life. With no connections and friends, they found it difficult to establish their artistic careers; Henri finally succeeded in having his talent recognised but Sophie failed. She wrote voluminously in three languages: Polish, French and English but her works, despite their great interest and value, remained in his shadows for decades.

The thousands of manuscript pages which are held in the University's Special Collections - short stories, novels, draft plays and notes - reveal her past, fears and hopes.

Each photograph is accompanied by a quotation from Sophie's manuscripts and tells the story of her difficult relationship with her mother, her unusual relationship wit her partner and her tragic end - in a mental asylum in Gloucester where she died completely forgotten. Original manuscripts and artefacts are also on display.

Ania Ready works at Oxford University Press and is a member of the Oxford Photographic Society.

This exhibition is open daily during staffed Library opening hours.

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This event is open to the general public.

Free exhibition and talk. All welcome.