Bloomsbury in Berwick
In 1941, during the Second World War, Bishop Bell of Chichester commissioned the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and her son Quentin Bell, to decorate the interior of the small rural church of St Michael & All Angels, Berwick. This was the first time that contemporary artists of repute had been allowed to completely decorate the interior of an historic country church. Bishop Bell hoped it would bring about a revival of the commissioning of artists by churches.
For a more detailed guide on the Bloomsbury artists and the Berwick commission, see The Bloomsbury Group in Berwick
A beautifully illustrated book about the artists, the paintings and their spirituality can be purchased from our shop, see Berwick Church and The Bloomsbury Group