Reopen Charleston

by Charleston, East Sussex

Every donation through Art Happens brings the campaign closer to its goal.

As a thank you for your donation, choose an exclusive reward inspired by the project and created by the people involved – and take your very own piece of the campaign away with you. Or help to spread the word by giving your bespoke reward as a gift. Your good deed, done.

If you would prefer to donate without receiving a reward, you can select that option below.

Please note that rewards will be dispatched once the project is confirmed to go ahead.

Any questions or need help donating? Contact us on 0203 757 9772 or email our Supporter Services team.

Donate without a reward (match funded)

I’d prefer not to receive a reward, I’d just like to donate to the project.

403 Funders

£5 (worth £10 thanks to match funding)

Updates and online mention

Enjoy regular project updates to see how your support is making a difference, and a special mention on the Art Happens website.

28 Funders

£15 (worth £30 thanks to match funding)

Set of 8 postcards

A set of postcards featuring details of Charleston’s unique interiors and collection taken by Lee Robbins during lockdown

309 Funders

£25 (worth £50 thanks to match funding)

Tote bag with exclusive Charleston design

Featuring the striking 1939 design that covers the dining room walls at Charleston

182 Funders

£45 (worth £90 thanks to match funding)

A framed print of the studio at Charleston

From our home to yours. An A5 print of Charleston's iconic studio where artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa bell often painted together. This intimate shot captures the layered textures of Charleston built over the 60 years it was their home and studio, with ceramics by Quentin Bell, a corner of Duncan Grant's iconic painted fireplace; as well the ephemera of newspaper clippings, exhibition invites and photographs. Beautifully captured by photographer Lee Robbins, the print is presented in a wood frame, handmade in the UK.

166 Funders

£60 (worth £120 thanks to match funding)

Letters from Charleston

A limited-edition collection of letters from Charleston by members of the Bloomsbury group. Chosen and introduced by Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter Virginia Nicholson, the selection includes never-before-seen letters with private family photographs providing an intimate insight into life at Charleston. Beautifully presented with a design inspired by the earliest publications of the Hogarth Press and A5 in size.

156 Funders

£100 (worth £200 thanks to match funding)

Typoretum letterpress print featuring a Virginia Woolf quote

An original framed letterpress printed quotation by Virginia Woolf from ‘A Room of One’s Own’. This handmade print has been specially designed and produced for Charleston by Typoretum on 300gsm 100% cotton A3 paper as a limited edition. The print uses a typeface dating from 1928, the year Woolf delivered the two lectures that formed the basis for this seminal essay.

57 Funders

£200 (worth £400 thanks to match funding)

Facsimile Prototype Famous Women Dinner Service Plate

The Famous Women Dinner Service is a collection of 50 hand-decorated plates celebrating famous women throughout history, from Cleopatra to Mary Queen of Scots, Jane Austen to Greta Garbo. Commissioned by Kenneth Clark in 1932, the dinner service was painted by Bell and Grant during their time at Charleston. Bell and Grant produced many preparatory sketches and several prototype plates ahead of the finished dinner service, 5 of which are displayed in Charleston’s studio. The artists’ early idea was for a series of plates depicting 19th century women’s fashion design. Just one prototype plate was made, featuring fashion from 1883. The limited edition 10” ceramic plate is a facsimile reproduction of this unique prototype plate. The design is digitally printed to a high quality and the plate is beautifully presented in a navy-blue box.

42 Funders

£450 (worth £900 thanks to match funding)

Works from the Attic with a Charleston curator

A personally tailored behind-the-scenes visit to Vanessa Bell’s former studio, the attic at Charleston. A member of our curatorial team will select pieces from our reserve collection and delve into unpublished archives on a theme of your choosing. The experience will last two hours and you may bring one guest. Date to be arranged with donor.

14 Funders

£995 (worth £1,990 thanks to match funding)

A photoshoot in Charleston’s studio

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be photographed among the ephemera and masterpieces of Charleston’s studio by a professional photographer. You can bring someone you treasure to share the limelight, and you will receive a digital portfolio of photographs for your own use after the 2 hour shoot. Date to be arranged with donor.

5 Funders

£2,000 (worth £4,000 thanks to match funding)

A private tour of Charleston with Virginia Nicholson and cream tea in the house kitchen

Explore Charleston’s incredible interiors and discover more about the artists, writers and thinkers who made it their home with Bloomsbury insider, Virginia Nicholson, granddaughter of Vanessa Bell and great-niece of Virginia Woolf. After your tour, enjoy a delicious cream tea with Sussex sparkling wine in the house kitchen, and take home a signed copy of ‘Letters from Charleston’. You may bring up to 3 guests with you. Date to be arranged with donor.

3 Funders

£5,000 (worth £10,000 thanks to match funding)

A private tour of Charleston with Virginia Nicholson, Works from the Attic and a Bloomsbury Lunch in the house kitchen

Immerse yourself in all things Bloomsbury at this very special experience. Take in Charleston’s extraordinary interiors with Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter Virginia Nicholson, then delve deeper into Bloomsbury history by exploring selected works from the unseen archive collection with Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions, Dr Darren Clarke. A seasonal Bloomsbury lunch in the house kitchen complete with Sussex sparkling wine is the perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You may bring up to 3 guests with you. Date to be arranged with donor.

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