1 February – 19 April 2020


Exhibition opening times: 10am – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays.

Ticket also includes entry to Shani Rhys James: tea on the sofa, blood on the carpet exhibition. 

Gifted exhibition at Charleston

Vanessa Bell, Interior with the Artist’s Daughter c. 1935-36 © The Charleston Trust / The Estate of Vanessa Bell, DACS 2020.

Gifted exhibition at Charleston

Duncan Grant, portrait of Vanessa Bell, 1915 © The Charleston Trust

‘Gifted’ presents more than 80 works that have been generously given to Charleston in recent years, with many of the portraits of Bloomsbury lovers, friends, children and grandchildren being unveiled for the first time.

Showcasing works by artists including Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Walter Sickert, Henry Tonks and Lettice Ramsay, the exhibition explores the artistic expression of family life and personal relationships through a selection of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, prints and photographs.

Angelica Garnett, the daughter of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, generously donated a collection of works on paper and canvases to Charleston in 2008. Many of the works in the exhibition illuminate her parent’s artistic practice and had formerly filled the drawers, folios and studio racks at Charleston.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a portrait of Vanessa Bell by Duncan Grant which has recently been allocated to Charleston and acquired for the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, administered by the Arts Council. The painting is quintessentially a Charleston painting. A portrait of an artist by an artist, of a friend by a friend and of a lover by their lover. Painted during the uncertainty of wartime, quite possibly at Charleston itself, it marks the development of a friendship into a love affair while defining the development of an artist’s individual style.

Banner image: Duncan Grant, portrait of Vanessa Bell, 1915 © The Charleston Trust.

What's on

02 Feb
Sunday Reading Group - Bloomsbury & Politics

Our monthly Reading Group Sundays run from 10.30am-12.30pm, and are held in our beautiful Hay Barn. More

08 FebTalk
Bloomsbury’s Hidden Neighbours

Jane Traies uncovers a lesbian love triangle in rural Sussex. Part of OUTing the Past festival.

20 AprWorkshop
Jewellery making with Laila Smith

Create a beautiful solid silver pendant inspired by the Charleston house and gardens.

21 AprCourse
History of Art: Module 1, 1880-1940

Introductory course. Explore some of the 20th century’s most intriguing artists and movements.

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