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Opening exhibitions at Charleston in South Downs

Discover the Charleston Trust's brand new exhibition space with their programme of thought-provoking and innovative exhibitions

8 September 2018 –  6 January 2019 | Visit website

Based in the South Downs National Park, Charleston was previously the home of artists and Bloomsbury group members Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and remains the only completely preserved Bloomsbury interior in the world. Combining the past with the contemporary, the exhibition space is a brand new build with structural references to Charleston's historic barns.

Opening exhibitions

Orlando at the present time
Wolfson Gallery - 8 September 2018 until 6 January 2019

Marking 90 years since its original publication, the exhibition explores Virginia Woolf's landmark novel Orlando: A biography, featuring responses from acclaimed contemporary artists alongside rarely seen letters, photographs and items that surround the creation of the book. Orlando at the present time unpacks Woolf's scrutiny of gender binaries and sexuality and grounds it within modern gender discourse. 

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases
South Gallery - 8 September 2018 until 6 January 2019

In an ongoing series of provocative black-and-white photographic portraits, Zanele Muholi pays homage to the black lesbian and transgender experience of black LGBTQIA+ members from across the globe.

The Famous Women Dinner Service
Spotlight Gallery - until summer 2019

Hidden from the public view since 1932, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's progressive series of decorated dinner plates have been uncovered in exhibition, showcasing their depiction of various famous women, including the Queen of Sheba, Emily Brontë and Elizabeth I.

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

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