A group of 13 local LGBTQ+ people worked together at Charleston to explore the House, Garden, and surrounding South Downs landscape with photography and words. They created a Zine that will be published on this page in early November 2018. Participants worked together, facilitated by Mark Richardson, to draw inspiration from Charleston’s Small Wonder short story festival, the history of the Bloomsbury Group at Charleston and Orlando at the present time – the first exhibition in our newly-built galleries. They worked with invited queer writers Juliet Jacques, Shivanee Ramlochan and Neil Bartlett who talked about their creative processes.
Some members of this group will be joining others from the local LGBTQ+ community to create a new LGBTQ+ Forum that will advise Charleston on future planning and programming, to ensure that a queer voice is present and visible across all of our work here. Our first meeting will be in December 2018 in Lewes. Please contact Mark Richardson (details below) if you would like further information or would like to join this group.
We are currently working with a group of 10 people with learning disabilities in Newhaven at The Hillcrest Centre on Thursday afternoons during October 2018 using the statues that are in Charleston’s garden to create stories. We are bringing them to life using dance and drama.
Mark Richardson is leading this project and has been running drama and theatre projects together with people with learning disabilities for over 30 years. He is really excited about the work coming from this project.
2-day excursion into all things Bloomsbury in London, including private tours and behind the scenes access to collections.
Come and do some festive shopping in our newly restored 18th-century barns.