Duchess Camilla Visits Sussex Art Exhibit


Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, admired Salvador Dali’s quirky sofa on Tuesday during her visit to an exhibit celebrating the modern artistic heritage of Sussex.

The Sussex Modernism exhibition, held at Two Temple Place in London, features the works of Sussex artists including Henry Moore and Vanessa Bell. It examines why Sussex was such a popular meeting and dwelling place for creatives in the early 20th century, looking at the Bloomsbury Group at Charleston among others.


Actor and chancellor Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE welcomed Camilla on behalf of Sussex University, which is a partner of the exhibition. He then expressed his warm welcome for the duchess on Twitter.

The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft loaned several pieces out for the exhibition. Its director, Nathaniel Hepburn, said: “‘It’s great for the people to know the impact that Sussex has had on the surrealist movement – I didn’t know the extent of it, it inspired so many artists.

“It is where many of the radical innovations were happening in British art.

“From the craft community in Ditchling, the post-impressionist influence in Bloomsbury at Charleston, through to surrealism and 1930s socialism – all was happening within a few miles of each other along this coast in Sussex.”

A portrait of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister, is one of the pieces on display

The free attraction is open to members of the public until 23 April. For more information, visit the Two Temple Place website.

Featured image by the Press Association.


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