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£25.00 Shirley Collins | Brian Catling | Matthew Shaw | 31 July 2021 Shirley Collins | Brian Catling | Matthew Shaw | 31 July 2021 Shirley Collins at Charleston

Lodestar in 2018 was a reawakening of one of folk music’s most important voices. Now the journey continues as Shirley Collins makes a pilgrimage to the heart of the landscape that fuels her work. Performing together again with the Lodestar band, Shirley sings songs of love and songs of the land in this most beautiful and extraordinary of places.

The evening is a collaboration with long-time friend, artist, writer & performer Brian Catling, and acclaimed sound artist Matthew Shaw. They present CROWLINK, an immersive soundscape in the grounds at Charleston. Original poetry by Catling and traditional songs from Collins are interwoven with soundscapes and field recordings from Matthew Shaw. You are invited to wind your way through the gardens and lose yourself in a landscape of song and voice.

Conjured from that most startlingly original imagination, CROWLINK culminates in a performance by Catling in response to the intense creativity of the place.

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£25.00 Shirley Collins | Brian Catling | Matthew Shaw  | 1 August 2021 Shirley Collins | Brian Catling | Matthew Shaw | 1 August 2021 Shirley Collins at Charleston

Lodestar in 2018 was a reawakening of one of folk music’s most important voices. Now the journey continues as Shirley Collins makes a pilgrimage to the heart of the landscape that fuels her work. Performing together again with the Lodestar band, Shirley sings songs of love and songs of the land in this most beautiful and extraordinary of places.

The evening is a collaboration with long-time friend, artist, writer & performer Brian Catling, and acclaimed sound artist Matthew Shaw. They present CROWLINK, an immersive soundscape in the grounds at Charleston. Original poetry by Catling and traditional songs from Collins are interwoven with soundscapes and field recordings from Matthew Shaw. You are invited to wind your way through the gardens and lose yourself in a landscape of song and voice.

Conjured from that most startlingly original imagination, CROWLINK culminates in a performance by Catling in response to the intense creativity of the place.

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£7.50 Bloomsbury at home: friendship | 31 Jan 2021 Bloomsbury at home: friendship | 31 Jan 2021 Reading group

Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

 

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson. You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 1

Friendship: conflict & collaboration

‘If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.’ E M Forster

For Bloomsbury, friendship was everything, more important than family, more important than sex. The closed intimacy of the Bloomsbury group created a fertile environment where new and radical ways of thinking were born, debated and shaped. In this first session we unravel the bonds that held the Bloomsbury Group together. As we place ideas of friendship and kinship at the heart of the success of the group, we ask: what did friendship mean to them? How did their pursuit of new ways to live challenge their friendships? How did their relationships fuel their ground breaking work?

 

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£7.50 Bloomsbury at home: home|7 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury at home: home|7 Feb 2021   Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades...

 

Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

 

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson. You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 2: Home

''What cuts the deepest channels in our lives are the different houses in which we live.'' Leonard Woolf

The Bloomsbury group challenged conventional notions of what a home should be, who lived in it and how. Rejecting the high Victorian domesticity that shaped them so profoundly, they reimagined home as a space where the boundaries between art and life dissolved and traditional roles became fluid.  Join us as we peer through the keyholes of various Bloomsbury Group homes – from the Stephens’ family home at Hyde Park Gate, to the London homes dotted around Bloomsbury squares, and of course their country residences. What kind of places did the Bloomsbury group call home? What did ‘home’ mean and how did their ambitions for a new way of living influence that? What did everyday domestic life look like?

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£7.50 Bloomsbury at home: love & sex | 14 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury at home: love & sex | 14 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead...

Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

 

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson.  You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 3

Love & Sex

 

“Suddenly the door opened and the long and sinister figure of Mr Lytton Strachey stood on the threshold. He pointed his finger at a stain on Vanessa’s white dress.

‘Semen?’ he said.
Can one really say it? I thought and we burst out laughing. With that one word all barriers of reticence and reserve went down. Sex permeated our conversation. The word bugger was never far from our lips.” (Virginia Woolf)

 

The Bloomsbury group famously lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles. Their personal lives have sometimes been seen as a distraction from the importance of their work, but this session explores how the transgression of traditional relationship models went hand in hand with their pursuit of a new and radical aesthetic. Decades ahead of the social and moral codes of the day, the fluid nature of their relationships has resonance even today. We look at the overlapping and complicated relationships within Bloomsbury and explore what part love played within them.

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£7.50 Bloomsbury at home: politics | 21 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury at home: politics | 21 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead...

Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

 

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson. You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 4

Politics

 

From pacifism to suffrage, right wing leanings to Marxist dabbling, we explore the role of politics in the lives, relationships and work of the Bloomsbury Group. ANOTHER SENTENCE HERE???

To what extent were their bonds and choices influenced by the changing politics of their environment? What role did individuals play in instigating and influencing change? What conflicts arose as members adopted different responses to war and cultural transformation in Britain?

We will look at the impact of two world wars, atheism and intellectual beliefs in the shaping of Bloomsbury thought and consider the particular impact of members such as Maynard Keynes at Bretton Woods, the Strachey women in the realm of gender politics, and the infiltration of Moseley and right wing thinking into Bohemian London. 

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£7.50 Bloomsbury at home: bodies | 28 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury at home: bodies | 28 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead...

Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson. You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 5

Bodies

What role did the body play in the thinking, painting and writing of the Bloomsbury Group? In this session, we explore the corporeal realm of the Bloomsbury Group - from body image and nudity to illness and death. We will have a particular look at illness amongst its members - how it was experienced, how it was treated, and how it informed the course of their lives.

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£30.00 Bloomsbury at home: buy all 5 | 31 Jan - 28 Feb 2021 Bloomsbury at home: buy all 5 | 31 Jan - 28 Feb 2021 The Bloomsbury group has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of...

The Bloomsbury group has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics”. This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source – to their books, essays, articles, letters and diaries. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

How it works

You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and readings for on the day. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson.

This ticket is for all 5 talks:

Friendship - conflict and collaboration, 31 Jan 2021

Home, 7 Feb 2021

Love & sex, 14 Feb 2021

Politics, 21 Feb 2021

Bodies, 28 Feb 2021

Angelica Garnett (far left) with Duncan Grant, Virginia Woolf and Lydia Lopokova having a tea party in the Charleston garden in the 1930s. Photo © The Charleston Trust.

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