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Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings

[ Exhibition )

A woman wearing a coral dress stands on a rocky shoreline staring down at the waves.

Dame Laura Knight, The Dark Pool (1908 – 1918), Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2018. All Rights Reserved

What impact have the writings of Virginia Woolf had on generations of creative women?

A major exhibition featuring 80 female artists from 1854 to the present day, centred on the pioneering writings of celebrated author Virginia Woolf.

Throughout history, women artists working in photography, painting, sculpture and film have sought to record the vast scope of female experience and shape alternative ways for women to be.  Using Virginia Woolf’s perspectives on feminism and creativity as a lens, this exhibition explored ideas around landscape, domesticity and identity – all recurring ideas in Woolf’s writing – across a century of art.

The exhibition included works by Barbara Hepworth, Vanessa Bell, Prunella Clough, Dora Carrington, Claude Cahun, Eileen Agar, Gluck, Sandra Blow and more.

Organised by Tate St Ives in association with Pallant House Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

What the press said

A rich show, full of fun and all about the serious application of vitality.

Ali Smith, New Statesman


This summer’s must-see exhibition in Sussex. This visually stunning, light-filled show is beautifully curated and hung.

Rupert Toovey, West Sussex Gazette


Not all the works will resonate with every Woolf reader, but there is something provocative here of which she herself would have surely approved.

Matthew Denison, Country Life

Want to know more?

If you’re conducting research into the artists featured in this exhibition and would like to use our library and archive, please contact Sarah Norris, Collections Manager on

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