Views sought on proposed Virginia Woolf commemorative statue

Release Date: 14 November 2017

Have your say on a proposal to create and install the first ever life-size figure statue of the famous writer Virginia Woolf sitting on a bench on Richmond riverside.

The project, led by the Arts and Education Charity, Aurora Metro, aims to celebrate Virginia Woolf’s connection to the Borough, where she lived with her husband Leonard for 10 years, as well as her lasting impact on modern literature.

The statue would be created by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, whose latest commission is a statue of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown which can be seen on Distillery Wharf in Hammersmith.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“The Council is seeking your views on this proposal to celebrate Virginia Woolf’s ten year connection to the borough of Richmond upon Thames.

“She lived in the borough from 1914 where she lived on the Green before moving to Hogarth House in Paradise Road.  This is where she and her husband started a printing press which published 16 books in Richmond, including Virginia’s own story about Kew Gardens.

“If you want to have your say on this proposal I encourage you to do so online or via post before the deadline.”

Have your say here or if you need a paper copy of the questionnaire please contact us at

Aurora is also seeking to raise £50,000 by July 2018. If you would like to donate or find out more about the project please visit

The consultation closes on 10 December 2017.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182. 

Reference: P524/17

Updated: 1 December 2017