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We have obtained full planning permission for the first ever full figure lifesize statue of Virginia Woolf seated on a bench of her own to be located in Richmond-upon-Thames.

clay model of statue

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.

Bookcover for Virginia in Richmond

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 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. Their book covers were designed by Virginia's sister, artist, Vanessa Bell. The small press could be considered an early example of indie publishing and the imprint The Hogarth Press still exists to this day.

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