Charleston

Near Heaven

A free-to-visit installation by artist duo Langlands & Bell in Vanessa Bell's rarely seen attic studio.

‘Near Heaven’ is a new work by Langlands & Bell in Vanessa Bell’s studio at Charleston. In the attic overlooking the garden, the installation explores the space as an artistic refuge, and a place of escape from the outside world and the demands of domestic life.

The title is drawn from a quote by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s daughter Angelica Garnett talking about the importance of the attic space to her mother. The free-to-visit installation explores traces of the absent artist and considers the studio as a place of contemplation, creation and retreat.

This is a unique opportunity to explore part of the house which is rarely open to visitors. It is also the first ever contemporary work of art to be installed in the house.