Tickets also include entry to Coming Home: Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell display
★★★★ ‘fascinating…timely, absorbing’ – The Telegraph
100 years after the Omega Workshops closed their doors in the heart of bohemian London, this major exhibition explores their radical approach to interior design that brought abstract shapes and bold colours from modern art into the home.
Established by the painter and art critic Roger Fry in 1913 with Charleston’s Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant as co-directors, the Omega Workshops were a design collective that included many of the most avant-garde artists of the day. Inspired by the new, vital spirit of Post-Impressionism they designed thrillingly bold, playful and inventive items for the home – from printed fabrics and textiles to ceramics, furniture and clothing.
As the former home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Charleston is a fitting setting for the exhibition. The House’s playfully painted interiors, brightly decorated furniture and embroideries make it the living embodiment of a Post-Impressionist inspired home. When Bell and Grant moved to Charleston in October 1916 they brought an array of Omega objects with them, and the exhibition will also include the tableware the Bloomsbury group ate with and the chairs they sat on.
Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops presents the largest collection of Omega objects in more than 30 years and traces the Workshops’ philosophy and beginnings through to their pioneering experiments in interior design that still resonate today.
With generous loans from the V&A
CRESSIDA BELL talks to her sister, Virginia Nicholson, about Charleston, her design work and curating ‘In Colour.’
Informal reading and discussion group, exploring Bloomsbury texts and themes. First Sunday of every month.