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 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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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.
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.
Rummage through the attic at Charleston with 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.
Recent posts of interest include:
- Grant, Hughes and Hogg: A Vision of History | The Charleston Attic.
- ‘The Honeymoon’ | The Charleston Attic.
- ‘This egg changed into a stone monkey’ Duncan Grant, Chinese folk-lore and lithographs | The Charleston Attic
Here’s a piece from The Charleston Attic blog on the 140-piece dinner service featuring famous women created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. It is one of the largest commissioned works produced by the artists and was commissioned in 1932.
The Virginia Woolf plate is pictured in Diane Gillespie’s The Sisters’ Arts: The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (1988, 1991), as illustration 4.13 on p. 199. Gillespie discusses the plates briefly on p. 198. The plate pictures a young Virginia Woolf in profile with her long hair secured at her neck or pinned up; it’s difficult to make out which.
According to Gillespie, the plates were divided into four groups and Woolf’s plate is included in the writers’ group. Woolf’s plate features a border of alternating squiggles and large dots. In a July 27, 2015, message to the VWoolf Listserv, Gillespie noted that she was able to see a number of the plates during the 1980s in the home of Lady Clark.
Ann Donlon wrote a Oct. 9, 2013, post about the plates on her blog after a visit to Charleston. Titled Dinner Plates, it includes images.
Also see Woolf on a plate, a 2009 post on Blogging Woolf about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party that includes a Woolf plate.
Three songs from a new song cycle using Virginia Woolf’s letters to her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, are available online via SoundCloud.
Composed by Richard Barnard, they are titled ‘As A Writer‘, Nessa and Duncan, and A Dancing Light. They were recorded by Rhys Maslen at St Augustine’s Chapel, Bristol, and this part of the project was supported by Arts Council Wales.
Here are the descriptions of the songs, as copied from Barnard’s blog:
- ‘As A Writer’: Woolf frequently used Vanessa’s art as a metaphor for her own work. Here she describes the writing process as feeling beauty “which is almost entirely colour”, condensing ideas like pouring “a large jug of champagne over a hairpin”.
- ‘Nessa and Duncan’: A brilliantly teasing letter in which Woolf imagines a scene at Vanessa and Duncan Grant’s home as they discuss her recently published novel To The Lighthouse (clearly nervous of their judgement!)
- ‘A Dancing Light’: Part of a letter of 1937 written soon after the death of Vanessa’s son Julian in the Spanish Civil War.