The Vision - Virginia Woolf statue on Richmond Riverside
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.
The first full-size statue of the English writer, famed for works such as Mrs Dalloway and Orlando, is set to be placed in the heart of the town in which she lived for 10 years.
Woolf moved to Richmond with her husband Leonard in 1914, living on The Green and then Hogarth House in Paradise Road until 1924.
We are over 70% of the way to our target of £50,000 to design and manufacture the statue.
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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.
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 200 individual donations and thousands of likes and positive engagement on social media so far.
Richmond Council held a public consultation in 2017 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 Jackson and Rye restaurant.
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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.
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 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 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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What they say...
"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.”