A major new exhibition is set to open at York Art Gallery – featuring key figures from British art and literature.
Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love & Legacy will explore the lives and work of a group of writers, artists and thinkers known as the Bloomsbury Group.
The Group included the writer and feminist pioneer Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell as key figures. The Group were active in England in the first half of the twentieth century, and had a profound effect on British art and literature.
The new exhibition, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and Sheffield Museums, will showcase more than 60 major loans of oil paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs by Bell and her contemporaries, including Dora Carrington, Roger Fry, and Paul Nash.
Beyond Bloomsbury will be at York Art Gallery from 4 March to 5 June 2022.
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The exhibition will also feature new works from artist Sahara Longe, who has been specially commissioned by York Museums Trust and Sheffield Museums.
There will also be an exclusive premiere of Bloomsbury-inspired murals designed by graphic artist Lydia Caprani, who worked collaboratively with York LGBT Forum and Kyra Women’s Group to create the pieces.
Members of the Bloomsbury Group are credited in helping with monumental shifts in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and the works displayed will examine and celebrate the ideas and LGBTQ+ relationships of the Group.
Becky Gee, curator of fine art at York Museums Trust said: “We are thrilled to be able to tell the stories of not only the artists, but the writers, dancers, activists and philanthropists that were connected to the Bloomsbury Group.”
Tickets for Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love & Legacy are £10, and can be booked via the York Art Gallery website. Concessions are available. The exhibition will run until Sunday 5 June 2022.