Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings | now – 29 April | Tate St Ives


VIRGINIA WOOLF: AN EXHIBITION INSPIRED BY HER WRITINGS

10 February – 29 April 2018

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1TG

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I can’t deny that I absolutely love my Tate St Ives Locals’ Pass, which for only £5 (for the first year) gives me unlimited access to the Tate St Ives and The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, the latter of which will be reopening to the public on 26th March.

Currently on at the Tate St Ives is Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings, which runs from 10th February – 29th April before going on tour. I was keen to see how they’d divided up this vast new 500m2 gallery (which opened with a solo exhibition by Rebecca Warren in October 2017) to display the work of over 80 modern and contemporary female artists dating back to 1850. I have to say I was impressed; its vastness has been by replaced with a more intimate feel, the white washed walls are now joined by warm colours and a stunning mural by France-Lise McGurn, there’s an air of femininity with every space appearing to join the narrative. This adaptability was in fact factored into the original design, so it could be configured into multiple arrangements of six smaller galleries when required.

The exhibition is based on the work of the eminent modernist author and recognised feminist Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941), whose childhood summers were spent in Talland House, overlooking Porthminster Bay in St Ives. It reflects on how this chapter in Virginia Woolf’s young life inspired her writing later on, influencing a range of reoccurring themes, and then expands on this idea from a feminist’s perspective. The space has been arranged into rooms, each one focusing on a particular area (such as The Self in Public, The Self in Private, Still Life, The Home and ‘A Room of One’s Own’ and Landscape and Place) and the way in which these themes have been explored or can be related to artists and their art in a diverse number of ways.

Photography of the artwork is prohibited inside the exhibition, so it’s most definitely one that you will have to go and check out for yourself and don’t forget if you live in Cornwall you can pick yourself up a Locals’ Pass (if you haven’t already).

Curated by Laura Smith, Exhibitions and Displays Curator, Tate St Ives.


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• Entry to Tate St Ives is £10.50/£9.40 concessions (without donation £9.50/£8.50).

• Concessions apply to 60s and over, students over 18, visitors with disabilities, job seekers.

• Free entry for Tate Members, Locals’ Pass holders and 18s and under.

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