Virginia Woolf Statue
Why we need your help
We are fundraising for a full-size bronze statue of the writer Virginia Woolf, to be installed on Richmond Riverside.
It has been designed as an interactive artwork for the general public to enjoy for centuries to come. You'll be able to sit and chat next to the writer on a bronze bench and maybe get inspired to write your own book too...
Our Virginia statue portrays the author in her 20s in a relaxed and happy mood - a mood often depicted in her diaries during the decade she lived in Richmond.
Regarded as an ICON of the 20th century by BBC TV, she is credited as one of the co-founders of Modernist Literature alongside Dublin's James Joyce.
Virginia Woolf was an English writer whose life and works have inspired many books, films and stage plays over the last century. She talked and wrote about sexual abuse, mental health issues and bisexuality long before it was acceptable to do so. She was a feminist who championed women artists and writers and spoke about the need for women's arts to be appreciated.
You may know of Virginia's battle with bi-polar disorder, or her same-sex relationship with Vita Sackville-West, but there's a a lot more to discover in the Virginia in Richmond book recently published. Learn more here.
Virginia Woolf lived in Richmond-Upon-Thames from 1914 to 1924 with her husband, Leonard. She moved there to recover from the stress of writing her first novel The Voyage Out, which was published in 1915. It was a creative time for Virginia who began experimenting with different ideas and forms in her short stories and novels. The couple bought their own hand-printing equipment and started the Hogarth Press.
They began by publishing their own work but supported and promoted many other emerging writers such as T.S Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and E. M. Forster. They were also involved in promoting avant garde ideas about European artists such as Picasso and Matisse. Their book covers were designed by Virginia's sister, artist, Vanessa Bell. They led the way by translating and publishing Sigmund Freud's work in English as well as novels by Russian authors such as Dostoevsky.
The small press could be considered an early example of indie publishing and the imprint The Hogarth Press still exists to this day. Contact us to volunteer or for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people have liked the concept of our Virginia Woolf statue including: Caitlin Moran, Jodi Picoult, Deborah Frances White, Elizabeth Day, James O'Brien, Phillip Pullman and Neil Gaiman. Listen to Mark Haddon here:
You can watch a video about the project here:
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Total plus Gift Aid £34,185.36
Raised offline £20,000.00