Tate St Ives Exhibition

Virginia Woolf An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Dora Carrington, ‘Spanish Landscape with Mountains’ c.1924
Dora Carrington, Spanish Landscape with Mountains c.1924. Tate

Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author

Author of classic texts including To the Lighthouse and the pioneering feminist text A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives.

This exhibition is led by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art - with works by over 80 artists, including Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred Nicholson, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth, Claude Cahun and Dora Carrington.

The exhibition tours to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 26 May – 16 September and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2 October – 9 December 2018.

This exhibition was made possible with a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from Art Fund.

Ethel Sands, ‘The Chintz Couch’ c.1910–1
Ethel Sands
The Chintz Couch c.1910–1
© The estate of Ethel Sands
Gwen John, ‘Self-Portrait’ 1902
Gwen John
Self-Portrait 1902
Vanessa Bell, ‘Interior with a Table’ 1921
Vanessa Bell
Interior with a Table 1921
© Tate
Frances Hodgkins, ‘Wings over Water’ 1930
Frances Hodgkins
Wings over Water 1930
Margaret Mellis, ‘Blue Anemone’ 1957
Margaret Mellis
Blue Anemone 1957
© The estate of Margaret Mellis
Laura Knight

Laura Knight The Dark Pool 1908-18. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2018. All Rights

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Rocks, St Mary's, Scilly Isles 1953. City Art Centre, City of Edinburgh Museums & Galleries © Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust


Linder She/She (detail) 1981, printed 2007. Tate © Linder

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly How to use the shelter as a table 2012. Collection: Audrey Wallrock, UK. Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
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10 February – 29 April 2018

Supported by

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

The Virginia Woolf Exhibition Supporters Group

ASFI (Art Speaks For Itself)

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