Recommended – Virginia Woolf Exhibition at Tate St Ives

You have until 29th April to visit this stunning exhibition at the Tate, where locals (Cornish postcode, two forms of ID) can buy an annual pass for £5. No such luck if you live across the Tamar, mind!

St Ives was where Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood, along with her artist sister, Vanessa Bell. The exhibition contains over 80 artworks. Among my favourites were paintings by Laura Knight but then I am something of a realist at heart in both art and literature. If you’re interested in the Bloomsbury Set, or just enjoy some divine expression, then this exhibition is for you. Woolf was a modernist writer, perhaps best known for her oft-quoted phrase: A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. She also wrote many evocative letters. Her ‘stream of consciousness’ style narrative pushed the boundaries but sadly took her own life in Sussex after many years of depression. Some of her most famous quotes are in the link, and she became a feminist icon.

The four-year extension to the Tate at St Ives was completed in October 2017. It is a stunning building with views of the ocean and a permanent exhibition space to the St Ives School painters (from the 1940s-1960s). This part of Cornwall was known for the quality of its light and even on the greyest of days, that light is surely visible.

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