You will move through three parts of the exhibition. The first, introduces the figures associated with the Bloomsbury Group, highlighting the importance of personal relationships, conversation and the privilege of time and space in which to pursue creative practice.
In the second part, the exhibition centers on the Omega Workshops, an enterprise established by Roger Fry in 1913 that sold furniture, fabrics and homeware designed by leading artists of the day, emphasising Bloomsbury’s engagement in the Decorative Arts.
The concluding section of the show focuses on activism and philanthropy, identifying causes of particular importance to individual members, but also recognising how such beliefs and actions shaped the mentality of the Group as a whole. The Bloomsbury Group were involved in establishing the Contemporary Art Society.
There will be new works by the artist Sahara Longe specially commissioned by York Museums Trust and Sheffield Museums to respond to the exhibition and the work of Bloomsbury artists.
Included in the exhibition is the exclusive premiere of Bloomsbury-inspired murals designed by graphic artist Lydia Caprani. Caprani also worked collaboratively with York LGBT Forum and Kyra Women's Group to create decorative pieces that feature in the exhibition.