A Room of One's Own

Monk’s House took part in the National Trust’s Women & Power celebrations in 2018. We created an audio-visual interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’, which sits in her writing lodge as a fitting space to return to her original text. We asked the public to get involved by sending in images of their own creative spaces or annotated copies of the book. Displayed on site is the final product of these collaborations.

Where is your creative space?

This project explores the significance of the room in Virginia Woolf’s text as a creative space, be it real or psychological. These spaces come in many shapes and forms, some traditional, some more alternative ranging from the mundane to the sublime. Rooms influenced the work of Virginia Woolf, her spatial understanding was compelling akin to her writing process: the stream of consciousness.

As Virginia Woolf inhabited the writing hut; our plan is to transform the interior realm of the writing hut into a interconnected stream of consciousness between words, sound and image.

There are two ways the public could get involved. We invited you to share images showing ‘A Room of Your Own’ briefly describing what you do in this space. It could be a messy shed filled with garden tools, not too dissimilar to the shed at Monk's House stacked with deckchairs and lawn games. It could be the family ironing room which has a peaceful corner where no one troubles you. Equally it could be a purpose made room dedicated to you and your chosen passion. The images have been added to the visual display in the exhibition room attached to Virginia's writing room at Monk's House. We are no longer accepting image submissions but thank everyone who has contributed.

Another way to get involved is by sending in your copy of 'A Room of One's Own'. Highlight your favourite paragraph, phrase, sentence or even word and your book will become part of our new display in Virginia Woolf's writing hut. Your book can be underlined, highlighted, or even covered in doodles. What do these words mean to you?

We invite you to visit us in 2019 to see our 'A Room of One's Own' display next to Virginia's own wiriting room. Engage with us on social media and connect with images of your own creative space. @monkshousent #aroomofonesown #virginiawoolf #monkshouse

Please note all images used will be added to a database and combined with other images to crate a audio visual installation. By sending the image you will be giving permission for it to be used. Equally, books cannot be returned and will be used as part of an art installation and will therefore be subject to permanent adjustmenst for purposes of display.