The Vision - Virginia Woolf statue for Richmond 

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. 

This is about to change as we have raised enough to have the first full-size statue of Virginia Woolf cast in bronze.

 

The memorial to the English writer, famed for works such as Mrs Dalloway and Orlando, is set to be placed in the heart of Richmond, a town in which she lived for 10 years.

We are over 85% of the way to our target of £50,000 to design and manufacture the statue. Please help us raise the remainder and help us unveil this beautiful sculpture in 2022. You can be part of the Virginia Woolf story too.


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We’ve commissioned 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.

Many people have liked the concept of  our Virginia Woolf statue including: Margaret Atwood, Caitlin Moran, Jodi Picoult, Deborah Frances-White, Elizabeth Day, Caroline Criado Perez, Mark Haddon, Sarah Gristwood, James O'Brien,  Phillip Pullman and Neil Gaiman. 

 

Local MP Sarah Olney, Lord Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Councillors Peter Buckwell, John Coombs, Pamela Fleming and MEP Bill Newton-Dunn have all endorsed the project too.

 

The public have expressed overwhelming support for our project with over 250 individual donations and thousands of likes and positive engagement on social media so far. 

Richmond Council held a public consultation in 2018 which was 83 % in favour of the statue project and planning permission was granted to site the statue on the upper terraces at Richmond Riverside near to the entrance to Heron Court.  In 2021 Richmond Council held another public consultation about locating the sculpture on Richmond Riverside. This was 91% in favour with 88% of respondents being Richmond residents. In November 2021, Richmond Council voted unanimously to give Landowner Permission to site the sculpture on Richmond Riverside so that it can be part of the cultural offering in the historic part of the town.

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The Project

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.

  • For more about the places Virginia lived in London see here; Take a Tour of Virginia Woolf’s Life in London — Google Arts & Culture

The Statue

Award-winning sculptor Laury Dizengremel has created the artwork and it has now been cast in bronze.  The piece  features Woolf in repose on a bench, where people can sit next to her in lively conversation, while enjoying the Richmond riverside. Visitors will be able to interact with the figure of the writer and take photos next to her on a bench which is part of the artwork. We envisage that the artwork will act as a catalyst for arts and writing in the community of South London.

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The Opportunity

Now that the sculpture is made we just need to reach our funding target so it can be unveiled. 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 an artwork that celebrates women's achievements.

 

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 hardback 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 (£500)

  • Platinum Package: Gold package PLUS your name engraved on the back of Virginia's bench PLUS tailored elements (£3000+)

A recent audit of statues in London showed that there are more monuments depicting animals than there are in honour of named women. 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  info@aurorametro.com.

For latest news follow us on twitter @VWoolfstatue like us on Facebook/VWoolfStatue

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What They Say...

"Good luck! Virginia Woolf deserves a statue in commemoration in Richmond."

Neil Gaiman

“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

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Read the Book

Read Peter Fullagar's highly regarded new book titled Virginia Woolf in Richmond.

You can order it here.

Also...
How Richmond Shaped Virginia Woolf, 
article by Peter Fullagar

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