Aurora Metro Arts & Media
Virginia Woolf Statue
Recently named an Icon of the 20th Century by the BBC, it's hard to believe that this world-famous writer and champion of women's rights has yet to be honoured with a statue in the UK. We'd like your help to fix this.
We’ve launched a campaign to commission, fund and erect a statue of Virginia Woolf in Richmond-on-Thames where she lived with her husband Leonard from 1914 to 1924. This statue will be the first ever life-size bronze depiction of Virginia Woolf in the UK.
The purpose of the statue is to:
Celebrate Virginia's life in Richmond where she developed as a writer and wrote short stories, essays, reviews and novels. She worked with Leonard, her husband, to set up the Hogarth Press in Richmond publishing works by T.S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and E.M. Forster among many others.
Recognise her role as a feminist and LGBTQ icon. She talked openly about her relationship with another woman, Vita Sackville-West, as well as her mental health issues.
Award-winning sculptor Laury Dizengremel has been commissioned to create the artwork. The piece will feature Woolf in repose on a bench, where people can sit next to her in lively conversation, while enjoying the Richmond riverside. Laury will cast the statue and patinate it in bronze so that people can interact with the figure of the writer and take photos next to her on a bench which is part of the artwork. The clay model on the right gives an impression.
We have reached 20% of our target of £50,000 and we need your help.
We are offering you a unique opportunity to get involved in creating a memorial to a key national and international figure, and to align your personal or corporate brand with a great cause.
The following sponsorship packages are available:
A Copy of THE WOMEN WRITERS HANDBOOK - 20% of profits go to the statue campaign. £12.99 + p&p
Bronze Package: Recognition on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages PLUS a signed copy of the harback book Virginia Woolf in Richmond by Peter Fullagar (£25)
Silver Package: Bronze package PLUS an invitation to the launch party (£100)
Gold Package: Silver package PLUS lunch with Laury and/or Peter (£500)
Platinum Package: Gold pacakge PLUS your name engraved on the back of Virginia's bench PLUS tailored elements (£3000+)
To be part of a wider movement to get more women of achievement celebrated and remembered, please do join us in our campaign to create this statue of Virginia Woolf in Richmond. If you would like to volunteer to help us, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you for your support.
Laury Dizengremel's statue of Capability Brown.
Laury Dizengremel has been commissioned to create the artwork. The piece will feature Woolf in repose on a bench, where people can sit next to her in lively conversation, while enjoying the Richmond riverside. Laury will cast the statue and patinate it in bronze so that people can interact with the figure of the writer and take photos next to her.
Another of Laury’s recent public artwork commissions is the life-size bronze sculpture of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – 18th century’s greatest landscape designer which is located near Hammersmith Bridge. Other notable artworks of Laury’s include the Tennis Terracotta Warriors (in Wimbledon Museum), memorial statues in honour of Tony Socks Byrne and Joey Maher in Drogheda, Ireland, Ken Jones in Blenaevon, Wales, Sir George Carteret in Jersey, David ‘Bomber’ Pearce in Newport, Wales and a bust of Mary Church Terrell for the National Association of University Women in the USA.
It is interesting to note that, just like the statue above, the vast majority of statues across the country are of men, with fewer than one in five listed statues being of women. In March 2016 in the New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez sorted the nation’s statues by gender and discovered “…a mere 2.7 per cent are of historical, non-royal women. If you’re a woman, your best chance at becoming a statue is to be a mythical or allegorical figure, a famous virgin, royal or nude.”
"Good luck! Virginia Woolf deserves a statue in commemoration in Richmond."
“During her career as a writer, Woolf was at the vanguard of culture, both as a member of the Bloomsbury set and as a celebrated literary figure. She was an extraordinarily successful author, essayist and literary critic and is often described as one of the most influential literary figures of the 20th century. She is a big part of our history as a country, and with roots in Richmond, it is right that she is remembered with a statue.”
Zac Goldsmith MP
What they say...
In the press...
A Statue Of One's Own: Why We're Campaigning For A Virginia Woolf Statue
Now that full planning permission has been granted, Aurora Metro needs to raise the funds for the statue to become a reality... Peter Fullagar, Huffington Post
How Richmond Shaped Virginia Woolf, article by Peter Fullagar
Read Peter Fullagar's highly regarded new book titled Virginia Woolf in Richmond.
You can order it here.