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Charleston Farmhouse

March 26, 2024|CHARLESTON

Inside the modernist farmhouse of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, a meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group, which today is a hub of creativity and community

A Meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group, today Charleston Farmhouse is a hub for art and community. From the outside, the home and studio of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant is a fairly standard, albeit handsome, Georgian building with an adjacent duck pond and a smattering of barns. But the interior, accessed via guided tour, is a feast for the eyes. Every surface seems to be painted in an explosion of colour and pattern. Creativity exudes in a tour de force of artistic expression from the walls to the doors, from the kitchen to the bedrooms.

ceramics on a art deo mantle at Charleston Farmhouse
a door hand painted inside Charleston Farmhouse

Some of the 20th century’s biggest names in art, literature and philosophy met here. Charleston could have quite easily become a museum, a work of art in and of itself. A series of exhibitions in the gallery spaces, year-round events and an annual festival, now in its 35th year, bring together artists and thinkers, meaning it remains, as it once was, a place for experimental thinking.

close up of a camouflage painted surface inside Charleston Farmhouse
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