The new major summer exhibition at the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Victoria Art Gallery will recreate some of the famous Bloomsbury Group’s interior designs. The exhibition, A Room…
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Posted in Bloomsbury, Charleston Farmhouse, fashion, Woolf online, tagged Charleston Attic, Charleston Farmhouse, Kew Gardens, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Zoe Wolstenholme on Tuesday 10 May 2016 | 2 Comments »
Blogging Woolf’s first regular blogger from the other side of the pond is now on board. Just out of her Charleston internship, Zoe Wolstenholme will contribute posts that add an emphasis on the visual arts of the Bloomsbury group — and will link them to the natural world, with an emphasis on gardens.
From North Yorkshire in England, Zoe studied English Literature at the University of Exeter, writing her dissertation on The Room of One’s Own: Interiority in Virginia Woolf’s short fiction and Post-Impressionist Art. Here she examined the relationship between Woolf’s writing and the painting styles of French and British Post-Impressionist artists exploring the room as a metaphor for the mind. Zoe went on to study for an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies before being awarded a curatorial traineeship with The Charleston Trust in 2015.
Charleston House, dubbed “Bloomsbury in Sussex,” was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, found for them by Bell’s sister Virginia Woolf while she was walking across the South Downs from her own country house at the time, Asheham. Today The Charleston Trust cares for and preserves Charleston House and its collection of art works both collected and executed by Bell and Grant.
At Charleston, Zoe worked on The Angelica Garnett Gift, a donation of 8,000 works of art by Bell, Grant and other members of the Bloomsbury group. Here she photographed, catalogued and researched these unseen works publishing these findings on The Charleston Attic. As part of this traineeship Zoe also wrote an extended research paper on the Angelica Garnet Gift titled Dressing Modern Identity, which examined the overlooked importance of dress to Bell and Grant’s personal and artistic lives. This article will be published in the next edition of Clothing Cultures, which is available to read online.
Zoe is now working at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. Here she hopes to pursue her interest in art and the environment, which was the topic of her MA dissertation Art Spaces for Ecological Well-being. This piece examined how art has the potential to influence our relationship with the natural world. By working with the botanical art and other collections at Kew, Zoe hopes to be a part of inspiring people to care for the natural world.
Through writing for Blogging Woolf Zoe also hopes to continue her research into Woolf’s work and her circle, the Bloomsbury group.
Look for Zoe’s first post — “What Woolf wore”– tomorrow.
Posted in art, Bloomsbury, Charleston Farmhouse, Duncan Grant, The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, Virginia Woolf, tagged Bloomsbury Group, Charleston Farmhouse, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf on Thursday 14 April 2016 | Leave a Comment »
The two new interns at Charleston continue to unearth work by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant as part of the Angelica Garnett Gift. They are photographing, cataloguing and publishing Grant and Bell’s works for viewing online.
Here’s the interns’ most recent post about two sketchbooks by Duncan Grant dated circa 1919 and 1923.
Last week was #MuseumWeek 2016, and to celebrate, The Charleston Attic will once again be joining institutions all over the world by writing a blog post reflecting one of the themes trending on Twitter.
Thursday’s theme of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, shows the scope for discovery within the several thousand works on paper and canvas that make up the Angelica Garnett Gift.
Last week also marked our independence as the new Attic Interns as we continue with the task in hand: to photograph, catalogue and publish Grant and Bell’s works so that they may be viewed online. There is much excitement to be had in unearthing new items in the collection, and it seems like the perfect opportunity, in celebration of Charleston’s cultural heritage through the Gift, to talk about this week’s findings in relation to the theme.
We have been looking closely at two sketchbooks by…
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Posted in art, Bloomsbury, Charleston Farmhouse, Virginia Woolf, tagged Angelica Garnett Gift, Charleston, Duncan Grant, Rebecca Birrell, Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Zoe Wolstenholme on Monday 21 March 2016 | Leave a Comment »
The summer season will kick off at Charleston, the Sussex retreat of the Bloomsbury Group, with free lectures by Charleston interns, beginning March 24 at 2 p.m.
The house will also be open via guided tours, which you can book here.
The lectures, which will take place in the historic barns, include:
- Vanessa Bell’s Faceless Portraits and The Angelica Garnett Gift by Rebecca Birrell
- Dressing Modern Identity: Victorian style re-imagined in The Angelica Garnett Gift by Zoe Wolstenholme
You can also book a place on the Spotlight lectures.
Posted in 27th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury, London, Virginia Woolf, tagged London, Travels with Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, Woolf conferences on Thursday 3 March 2016 | 1 Comment »
I’m guessing that many Virginia Woolf common readers and scholars will be traveling to London this year and next, since the 2016 and 2017 Annual International Conferences on Virginia Woolf will be held in England — this year in Leeds and next year in Reading.
So now is a good time to share a few fun resources that will help visitors eat, sleep and shop as Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group did.
- Consider dining at the Dalloway Terrace, inspired by the Bloomsbury Group. It opens this month.
- Visit Maison Bertaux, the U.K.’s oldest pastry and tea shop, which Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group frequented.
- For more suggestions on where to stay, dine and shop, read “At Lunch with the Ghosts of Bloomsbury,” in the Dec. 18, 2015, issue of Saveur. You’ll find information about staying at Hazlitt’s, the Hotel Russell and the Morton Hotel; shopping at Fortnum & Mason, Hatchards and Liberty London; eating and drinking at Gordon’s Wine Bar, Boulestin and The Lamb.
- Check out the Charlotte Street Hotel, decorated in a Bloomsbury Group theme. An overnight stay is a splurge but tea may fit your budget.
- For Bloomsbury decor, visit Bloomsbury Interiors at The Courtauld Gallery.
For more tips on traveling in the steps of Virginia Woolf, visit In Her Steps. This page includes travel tips for London and beyond. It also includes links to Woolf tours, both audio and in-person.
If you don’t already, follow The Charleston Attic blog, a record of the work of graduate student interns as they catalogue, research and interpret the Angelica Garnett Gift Collection from the home’s attic.
Charleston, home of twentieth century artists, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and their daughter Angelica Garnett, was the Sussex retreat of the Bloomsbury Group. The internships are funded by the Heritage Lottery.
Here are links to this month’s posts:
Lyric Charm and Quiet Wit – Duncan Grant’s Tangier landscapes
The Process of Abstraction – Vanessa Bell’s and Duncan Grant’s experiments in abstract art using “the tangible ephemera of everyday life.”
“New honours come upon him, like our strange garments” – Duncan Grant’s Modernist designs for Harley Granville-Barker’s production of Macbeth, planned for 1912.