Explore the extraordinary life and work of a collective of early-20th-century artists, writers and thinkers known as the Bloomsbury Group.

The Bloomsbury Group included, among others, the prolific playwright Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter and interior designer, Vanessa Bell. Together this gaggle of creatives had a profound effect on the worlds of British art and literature in the 20th century. The exhibition displays over 60 works by Bloomsbury artists such as Dora Carrington, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, Gwen Raverat and Ray Strachey.

Particularly known for their close bonds, be that familial, romantic or platonic, the Bloomsbury Group also made an impact shifting thinking around LGBTQ+ rights and celebrating LGBTQ+ relationships. The exhibition will examine their relationships in particular detail, exploring how they used their creativity for activism and philanthropy as well as for creating art.

The exhibition will be accompanied by works by contemporary artist Sahara Longe, who has created new pieces inspired by the Bloomsbury Group, and the exclusive premiere of Bloomsbury-inspired murals by contemporary graphic artist Lydia Caprani, whose decorative works also feature in the exhibition.

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York Art Gallery

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