Tate St Ives Conference

Virginia Woolf: Art and Ideas Conference

Ethel Sands

Ethel Sands The Chintz Couch c.1910-11 © The estate of Ethel Sands

Listen to an exceptional line up of artists, historians and writers as they discuss the themes of the Virginia Woolf exhibition

Frances Spalding, respected authority on the life and influence of Virginia Woolf will deliver the keynote lecture on Friday evening and Saturday will feature speakers on the themes of the exhibition which features over 200 works of art in four sections – Landscape and Place, Performing Identity, Still Life and the Home and The Private Self.

Speakers include:

Tess Denman-Cleaver, artist / Bryony Gillard, artist / Maggie Humm, Emeritus Professor, University of East London / Dr Hana Leaper, John Moores Painting Prize Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University / Jean Mills, Associate Professor of 20th Century British Literature, John Jay College, New York / Anna Snaith, Professor of Twentieth Century Literature, King’s College London / Claudia Tobin, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, English, Cambridge University / Sarah Victoria Turner, Deputy Director for Research, Paul Mellon Centre and Francesca Wade, Co-Editor, The White Review. More details to be released as speakers confirmed.


Friday 27 April

15.00 - Film screening (title TBC) 

17.30 – Entry to exhibition

18.30 – Frances Spalding, keynote speech

20.00 – close

Saturday 28 April

10.00 – Conference starts

Speakers throughout the day

Lunch provided

17.00 – Conference ends

Sunday 29 April

Optional boat trip to Godrevy Lighthouse. Details to be shared on the Saturday of the conference.

The Virginia Woolf conference is programmed with and supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Please note these are the rescheduled dates from March

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


27 April 2018 at 16.00–21.00

28 April 2018 at 11.00–18.00

29 April 2018 at 01.00–01.00