On Thursday 21 May we will be visiting Charleston House and Farley Farm – cost £42.00 Pick up Meopham 8.15 am( opposite station) and  Gravesend (Orchard Avenue) at 8.30 am

We plan to arrive at Charleston House in good time for our tour at 10am. The house was the country home of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant members of the bloomsbury group. They were inspired by Italian Frescoes and the impressionists to decorate walls, doors and furniture at Charleston. We have allowed two hours which will allow plenty of time to see the mediterranean style garden and to visit the shop.

In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston. The walled garden was redesigned in a style reminiscent of southern Europe, with mosaics, box hedges, gravel pathways and ponds, but with a touch of Bloomsbury humour in the placing of the statuary.

The rooms on show form a complete example of the decorative art of the Bloomsbury artists: murals, painted furniture, ceramics, objects from the Omega Workshops, paintings and textiles. The collection includes work by Renoir, Picasso, Derain, Matthew Smith, Sickert, Tomlin and Delacroix.

for further information go to the web site: Charleston.org.uk

We will be able to purchase lunch at the Cricketers Arms in Berwick Village which offers a good range of dishes to suit all tastes and appetites.

After lunch our coach will take us to Farley Farm, the home of the painter Roland Penrose and the photographer Lee Millar. He is said to have introduced Surrealism to this country whilst she was a surrealist photographer but is often better remembered for her fashion work and as a WWII combat photographer. As well as the house we will be able to visit the Farley Farm Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and their son Antony moved to Farley Farm House in 1949 and the house soon became a meeting place for the leading figures in the world of Modern Art. Pablo Picasso came here in 1950, and Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Man Ray, Echaurren Matta and Antoni Tapies visited from overseas whilst Eileen Agar, Kenneth Armitage, William Turnbull, John Craxton and Richard Hamilton formed the British contingent.

Works by many of these artists are displayed in the house

for further information see the website: farleyfarmhouse.co.uk

We plan to leave at about 4.30