Charleston Programme, Summer 2022

2 April – 29 August 2022

We’re delighted to be working on three very exciting new exhibitions in this beautiful location under the South Downs in East Sussex.

1. ‘Near Heaven’, a new commission in Vanessa Bell’s attic studio, overlooking the garden which has been closed to visitors for over 15 years. It’s the first time a contemporary artwork has been installed in the house.

2. ‘Langlands & Bell: Ideas of Utopia’ A solo exhibition in the Wolfson Gallery spotlighting over 40 years of our work will open on 2 April 2022 and present artworks from throughout our career examining attempts – knowing and unknowing – to create utopias whether domestic, religious, social, or commercial. The show will consider Charleston as an important place of early modernist social experimentation and will include remnants of the first art work we made collaboratively, The Kitchen (1978) which was consumed by fire in 1980, through to recent pieces examining the iconic new headquarters of global tech giants. Artworks are being loaned by public and private collections across the UK, and our own archive.

3. ‘Absent Artists’ is an exhibition we’re curating  in the South Gallery. It will consider the significance of artists’ studios and will include works by Annie Leibovitz, David Hockney, Michael Craig-Martin, William Hogarth and James Ensor among many others. The show will also feature “The Artist’s Studio” an early interactive artwork of ours linking Turner’s studio at Petworth House in West Sussex, with our own studio in Whitechapel. ‘Absent Artists’ is primarily drawn from the Katrin Bellinger Collection which includes over 1,500 works from the Renaissance to the present day exploring the artistic process and the mystique that surrounds it.

Also opening in 2022 ‘Very Private?’ 17 September 2022 – 12 March 2023. A selection of Duncan Grant’s recently uncovered erotic drawings, shown for the first time alongside new contemporary responses by artists including Tim Walker, Somaya Critchlow, Ajamu X and Linda Sterling.