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The Bloomsbury Group: a Study Day

May 21, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The art, literature and intricate relationships of the Bloomsbury Group

This study day, led by Prof Maria Chester, covers the art, literature and intricate relationships of the so-called Bloomsbury Group. As Dorothy Parker said: “They lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles”.

The Bloomsbury Group of artists, writers and philosophers (as well as politicians) still attracts our attention, because they were – in many ways – ahead of their own time. They are the perfect example of the transition between Victorian and Edwardian moral values but far beyond any conceivable established model of marriage and parenthood. Clive and Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Leonard and Virginia Woolf are some of the fascinating and influential members of this transcendental group of creative minds.

In the first part, Maria will give an introduction to the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century in Britain and Europe. Art movements, politics, society, fashion, economy and a general appreciation of everyday life in Britain will give you the frame in which these artists and writers produced their work. This will be followed by a short tea break, and hot drinks will be available.

The second hour will be dedicated to Virginia Woolf and her work, her life, her family, her beliefs, her fears. She is admired all over the world for her unique approach to the so-called internal dialogue that was mastered by Proust in his “A la recherche du temps perdu”.

There will be a 30 minute lunch break at 12.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch, hot drinks will be available.

The third and last hour will be dedicated to Vanessa Bell, the beautiful sister of Virginia Woolf: her work, her relationship with Duncan Grant and the haven they created in their country house.

The aim of this Study Day is to give attendees an understanding of the lives and times of Bloomsbury Group and the legacy we have from them.

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May 21, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


William Elder Building
56-58 Castlegate
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1JT United Kingdom