DO THE CHARLES­TON

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

‘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).

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