DO THE CHARLESTON
‘It will be an odd life, but… it ought to be a good one for painting,’ Vanessa Bell famously said about moving to Charleston. She and her husband, fellow Bloomsbury group member Duncan Grant, relocated to the 16th-century farmhouse in Sussex in 1916, turning it into a habitable work of art. This autumn, the home, now a museum, embarks on the next stage of its life after a £3 million development. Julian Harrap Architects has turned two of the venue’s barns into an events space and a restaurant, while British architect Jamie Fobert has created a new building ( left) to house five galleries dedicated to exhibiting art and literature by the residents and guests of Charleston. The inaugural showcase (open until summer 2019) will feature Bell and Grant’s ‘Famous Women Dinner Service’ – 50 plates, made in 1932, depicting great women from Jane Austen to Cleopatra and Greta Garbo. Crockery with feminist clout – fabulous (charleston.org.uk).