Lecture: ‘Absolutely Divine’: Virginia Woolf and Charleston
21 August 2014, 19:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
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Dr Darren Clarke, Head of Curatorial Services for the Charleston Trust, explores the lives and work of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston and Woolf’s responses to it.
It was Virginia Woolf who encouraged her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell, to take Charleston as a war time home for herself, her children, fellow painter Duncan Grant and his lover David Garnett. In a letter written while she was on holiday in Cornwall she predicted that ‘if you get Charleston you’ll end up buying it forever. If you lived there, you could make it absolutely divine.’ Bell and Grant did end up living there ‘forever’ and the house and gardens remain as a testament to their creativity and partnership. Woolf was a frequent and welcome visitor, and made many references to Charleston and its household in her letters and diaries.
Dr Darren Clarke, the Head of Curatorial Services for the Charleston Trust, explores the lives and work of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston and Woolf’s responses to it. Dr Clarke is an art historian and curator specialising in the visual and queer culture of the Bloomsbury group.
The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.
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