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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosts reception for Charleston guests

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception for supporters of Charleston Trust’s Centenary Appeal at her London home, Clarence House, on the evening of Tuesday 27 January.

Guests included Hannah Rothschild, Dame Eileen Atkins, The Marques & Marchioness of Abergavenny, Jane Ashley, Earl & Countess De La Warr, Viscount & Viscountess Gage and writers Juliet Nicolson and Henrietta Garnett, together with the Trust’s Chairman, Nigel Newton, Founder and CEO of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Virginia Nicholson, social historian and granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, who is Deputy Chairman of the Trust.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Virginia Nicholson with Still Life with Matisse, 1971 by Duncan Grant from the Clarence House private collection  (c) Ian Jones Photography

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Virginia Nicholson with Still Life with Matisse, 1971 by Duncan Grant from the Clarence House private collection (c) Ian Jones Photography

 Charleston guests at Clarence House (c) Ian Jones Photography

Charleston guests at Clarence House (c) Ian Jones Photography

The reception was in aid of The Charleston Centenary Project, which next year celebrates the 100th anniversary of artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell’s arrival at Charleston in 1916. The appeal aims to raise £7m to help protect Charleston, an award winning independent museum based in East Sussex, which is the last known complete Bloomsbury interior. The appeal will also allow for enhanced facilities for Charleston’s existing activities including the building of a new exhibition gallery, an auditorium and performance space in the restored barns, a creative learning studio in the reconstructed Granary and much needed new visitor facilities.

In his speech, Nigel Newton, Chairman of The Charleston Trust said I would like to thank Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, for hosting this wonderful evening for us. We are thrilled Her Royal Highness agreed to become the first Patron of The Charleston Trust and is championing our Centenary Project. This vital £7m development (of which nearly £5m has already been pledged and donated) will see the construction of a new Exhibition Gallery, a Collections Store and a Research Studio. Two Grade II listed barns will be restored and used as versatile performance spaces, and an old granary will be rebuilt to house our Creative Learning Studio.The Centenary Project will bring much-needed sustainability to Charleston, allow us to be more self-sufficient and help Charleston become a living artistic environment; one that is dedicated to originality in art, colour and design.”

 HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with Charleston guests (c) Ian Jones Photography

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with Charleston guests (c) Ian Jones Photography

St Paul’s Cathedral, 1947 by Duncan Grant from the Clarence House private collection. © Ian Jones Photography

St Paul’s Cathedral, 1947 by Duncan Grant from the Clarence House private collection. © Ian Jones Photography

Speaking about the event, Alistair Burtenshaw, Director at The Charleston Trust said “We are grateful to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for so kindly hosting this wonderful reception which so perfectly brought together friends and supporters of Charleston from around the world.”

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