London’s first purpose-built art gallery Dulwich Picture Gallery marks its bicentenary this year with an inspiring programme of exhibitions, starting with the first major exhibition of modernist painter Vanessa Bell. A key figure in the Boomsbury Group – along with her younger sister Virginia Woolf – Bell worked in paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photography and was instrumental in turning the group’s Sussex country house Charleston into a retreat for artists for whom she ran her design enterprise Omega Workshop.
This exhibition brings together the artist’s portraits, still lifes and landscapes, showcasing her exceptional eye for colour combining and pattern making in the process.
Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.