Wavelengths was originally devised as a travelling exhibition to open opportunities for artists and artist groups. While this objective still remains, it now extends to a much wider audience seeking participation through workshops, talks and open challenges.
There is an ongoing tracing paper challenge on Instagram based on the premise: what I feel on the inside and what I project on the outside to reflect the concept behind the Wavelengths project - a desire to visually interpret the novels written by Virginia Woolf, one of the foremost modernist writers of the 20th Century, whose themes bear an uncanny relevance to the issues faced today. Any medium is welcomed on the designated tracing paper (details are available on our Project page). This open forum is intended to be extended in an on-going programme of creative works.
The initial Wavelengths exhibition took place in September 2018 at the Arts Forum, Hastings as part of the Coastal Currents Festival. Nine artists across Kent and Sussex were selected, with the intention to focus upon their 'work in progress' as they independently reflected on the concurring themes in Woolf’s nine novels.
This original exhibition was introduced in August 2018 at a talk to the Blue Monkey Group of artists, based at Towner in Eastbourne. This artistic group were then invited to start the ‘tracing paper challenge’, that subsequently was exhibited in Wavelengths 2, April 2019 at the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks, chosen as this location houses Knole, which was frequently visited by Woolf.
Virginia Woolf was strongly connected to the South East of England having lived, wrote and died in East Sussex, close to her sister Vanessa Bell; both were part of the Bloomsbury Group.
This project has been initiated and facilitated by Jane Cordery and Lorrain Mailer.