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Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

L-R: Angelica Garnett by Sir Matthew Smith circa 1957 © the Estate of Sir Matthew Bracy Smith, Leonard Sidney Woolf by Vanessa Bell, 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London, Roger Fry, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1918 © Sheffield Museums.
Thursday 25 November 2021 - Sunday 13 February 2022

The extraordinary writers, artists and thinkers of the Bloomsbury Group had a profound effect on British art and literature. Prolific, passionate and hugely gifted, their story is just as compelling as the remarkable work they created.

This major exhibition, in partnership with York Museums Trust and the National Portrait Gallery, chronicles the lives, loves and work of the group during the first half of the 20th century. As well as celebrating the group’s key figures, including writer and feminist pioneer Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, the displays shine a spotlight on their often overlooked peers and reflect on the group’s place in queer art history.

Displays feature paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs by Bell and her contemporaries, including Dora Carrington, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, Gwen Raverat and Ray Strachey, alongside new work by contemporary artist, Sahara Longe, responding to the Bloomsbury artists.


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