Join the campaign to reopen the door of the only complete Bloomsbury interior in the world, and help make Charleston a place where everyone can imagine life differently.
We have just 4 weeks to raise £160,000 to adapt, remodel and programme ready to welcome visitors back to Charleston, with every donation you give towards the target worth double thanks to loyal supporters match funding the campaign.
Charleston is a living, breathing work of art, filled at every turn with the creative impulse and vitality of two of the twentieth century’s most radical and influential artists: Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. More than 100 years after Bell, Grant and the Bloomsbury group lived, created, debated, forged friendships and fell in love at Charleston, its far-reaching influence on art, design, literature, LGBTQ+ culture, fashion, economics and feminism continues to be felt around the world.
Almost as soon as Bell and Grant moved to Charleston in 1916 they began to paint, not just on canvas, but on every surface imaginable – walls, fireplaces, tables, chairs, bedheads, bookcases and doors – even the bathtubs weren’t off-limits. The result is a painted portal into an oasis of freedom and acceptance that was decades ahead of the social and aesthetic codes of the day, and where the boundary-breaking artists, writers and thinkers of the Bloomsbury group could be themselves. Over the years, regular visitors included Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Clive Bell, Roger Fry, T.S. Eliot and Lytton Strachey, among others.
Charleston stands testament to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s progressive and pioneering spirit. Help us raise £160,000 to #ReopenCharleston and secure its future as a centre of creativity and radical thought and art, where everyone can imagine life differently.