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Bloomsbury Group Designs and "Designs" Julia Musgrave Monday 10 June 2019

The Bloomsbury Group were a set who Dorothy Parker once described as “living in squares and loving in triangles”. Perhaps the longest lasting of these unconventional relationships was that of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Painter and designer Vanessa Bell was the sister of the writer Virginia Woolf and wife of the critic Clive Bell. Vanessa was the warm heart of Bloomsbury whose love affair with bisexual Duncan Grant began with an affair and blossomed into a lifelong friendship and creative partnership. From the Omega workshops to the walls of Kings College this lecture looks at how art and friendship becomes art and design and asks – should we really draw such a line between the fine and decorative arts?

Julia Musgrave is a freelance accredited Art Society lecturer in the History of Art.  She has a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and an MLitt from The University of Glasgow, not to mention a first degree in Chemical Engineering.  Her research interests range from British Modernism to the Renaissance.  A lecturer in Art History at the City Literary Institute (City Lit), and Co-Director of The London Art Salon, she is also a PhD student at the University of York.