Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings Travels UK

  • ST. IVES, United Kingdom
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  • February 13, 2018

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Dame Laura Knight, The Dark Pool, 1908 - 1918, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2018. All Rights Reserved

“I have had my vision” 
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

In the UK's centenary year of suffrage, a traveling exhibition draws attention to the many connections between Virginia Woolf, her contemporaries and those who have been inspired by her work, including artists and writers.

The show draws on the suffragette movement and the developing canon of art by women. Starting with modern masters Vanessa Bell, Barbara Hepworth, Gwen John, Winifred Nicholson and Laura Knight the exhibition moves through mystics and surrealists such as Dorothea Tanning, Dora Carrington, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Ithell Colquhoun and Georgiana Houghton and into the extraordinary work of contemporary female artists such as Carol Bove, Tamara Henderson and Penny Slinger.

Dora Carrington, Spanish Landscape with Mountains c.1924. Tate.

Following Woolf’s notion that creative women should ‘think back through their mothers’, the exhibition explores her relationship to feminism and reflects her efforts to find new forms through which to share women’s creativity.

Author of classic novels such as To the Lighthouse and the pioneering feminist text A Room of One's Own, Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives, and later made her home in Sussex.

The exhibition is curated by Laura Smith for Tate St Ives and is on view there until April 29, then travels to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, May 26 to Sept. 16, 2018, and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, Oct. 2 to Dec. 9, 2018.

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