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Exhibition dedicated to the Bloomsbury group opens at Ulster Museum

L-R: Katherine Dunleavy, National Partnership Coordinator at The Courtauld and Anna Liesching, Curator of Art at National Museums NI, at Bloomsbury: A Collective which recently opened at the Ulster Museum
Marie Louise McConville

An exhibition dedicated to the Bloomsbury group has opened at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

The exhibition, which is a collaboration between the Ulster Museum and The Courtauld in London, is showcasing pieces from the Bloomsbury Group - a group of artistic and intellectual friends, who came of age just as the conservative Victorian era of the 19th century was ending.

Bloomsbury: A Collective, includes works from The Courtauld collection and Ulster Museum in order to take an introductory look at the Bloomsbury Group, specifically three central artists within it - Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.

The exhibition also shares work by the Omega Workshops, a group of designers who sought to translate the ethos of the Bloomsbury Group into beautiful, tangible objects.

The works on display from The Courtauld were gifted from Roger Fry's estate, who founded Omega Workshops, and is often considered the curator of the Bloomsbury Group.

Anna Liesching, Curator of Art at National Museums NI, said: "As a loose and changing mix of people, the Bloomsbury Group were searching for new ways of thinking, living and loving.

"Pioneers of their time, I think many people today can relate, to much of what they represented," she said.

Katherine Dunleavy, National Partnership Coordinator, at The Courtauld, said: "The Bloomsbury Group included some of the most daring and influential artists of the 20th century and we hope these rarely displayed works, alongside key pieces from Ulster Museum's collection, will provide audiences with a fascinating insight into their lives and work".

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