Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery
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020 8299 8710
Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, was England's very first public gallery. The stunning collection houses masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Watteau, Gainsborough and Van Dyck amongst many others. The gallery also runs a world class exhibition programme.
The entire collection of this gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.
Bank Holiday Mon 1100-1700
Permanent Collection Only
• Adults £5.00
• Senior citizens £4.00
• Free for unemployed, disabled, students (valid student card must be available)
• Free for Art Fund members
• Free entry for children under 18
• Free entry for Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery
(£30 Single, £40 Joint and £15 Young Person annual membership entitles you to free admission to the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions and displays including Director-led Private Views). Please click here for more information on becoming a Friend of the Gallery)
Temporary Exhibition (includes viewing of the Permanent Collection)
• Adults £9.00
• Senior Citizens £8.00
• Unemployed, disabled and students £4 (valid student card must be available)
• Art Fund members £4.00
• Free entry for children under 18
• Free entry for Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery:-
(£30 Single, £40 Joint and £15 Young Person annual membership entitles you to free admission to the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions and displays including Director-led Private Views. Please click here for more information on becoming a Friend of the Gallery)
Free Guided Tour on Saturday and Sunday
Visit Dulwich Picture Gallery on a Saturday or a Sunday and you can have a free guided tour of the permanent collection at 3.00pm.
(You will need to pay the appropriate entrance charge to take advantage of this free guided tour).
The entire collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The paintings in this collection are housed in England's first purpose-built art gallery, designed by Sir John Soane in 1811. The remarkable story of the Gallery's foundation adds another dimension to its special charm. The collection was put together by two art dealers, Noel Desenfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois, for the King of Poland. When the King was forced to abdicate in 1795 it was left in their hands and subsequently bequeathed to Dulwich College 'for the inspection of the public'. In this way England's first public art gallery was founded. The founders are still buried on site in the Mausoleum and the collection is still here to enjoy.
A new wing, designed by Rick Mather, was completed in 2000, providing spaces for education, lectures and for a café. The collection is unmatched for a gallery of this size: three Rembrants, seven Poussins, eleven Rubenses, seven Gainsboroughs, four Murillos, two Claudes, two Canalettos and a Watteau.
Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames
- 16 October 2013 — 12 January 2014 *on now
The first major exhibition dedicated to American-born artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s time in the capital between 1859 and 1903.
Showcasing Whistler’s scenes of London the exhibition will include paintings, etchings and drawings produced during the artist’s various residences and will present over 70 objects to provide a fascinating visual investigation into Whistler's depiction of the Thames and Victorian London during a transitional period in the expatriate artist’s creative development.
The exhibition will include 15 of Whistler’s paintings of Chelsea and the Thames River, along with 35 prints, ten rarely-seen drawings, watercolours, and pastels and will culminate in several of his famous Nocturnes including Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge (1872/1873) , one of the artist’s most critically acclaimed and widely-known paintings of Battersea Bridge, and a study of Black and Gold: The Fire Wheel (1893).
Further exhibition highlights will include earlier works such as Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge, (1859-1863) and Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses (c. 1864).
Tickets (pre-book online):
Full Price £11 (£10*)
Senior Citizens £9 (£8*)
Unemployed, disabled, students £6 (£5*)
Children and Friends Free
- 5 February — 11 May 2014
Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of David Hockney's first print, this is a major exhibition celebrating the artist's long and diverse career as printmaker.
David Hockney, Britain's best known and arguably best loved artists, is also one of our most talented printmakers. Showcasing over 100 works between 1954 and his more recent work with computers in 2009 Hockney, Printmaker will open Dulwich's 2014 programme, looking beneath the highly engaging surface of his graphic work to reveal the thought and expertise that underlies it. Grouped by theme and technique in a series of displays, the exhibition will give an instructive and entertaining overview of the artist’s career and reveal aspects that some observers might not be familiar with, such as the importance of poetry and classical literary sources as a basis of many of his projects, and his extensive knowledge of the work of fellow printmakers throughout the ages.
- Any age
£5-£11 (free for children)
Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931
- 4 June — 21 September 2014
The Gallery’s summer exhibition, Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931 (4 June – 21 September 2014), will offer a sensitive examination of the couple’s prolific output during their early time together and a rare opportunity to see their views of the same landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and portraits, some of the most memorable works of the period. Showcasing over 80 works the exhibition will chart the Nicholsons’ journey from London to Switzerland, Cumberland and Cornwall, the evolution in Winifred’s use of colour and Ben’s consideration of form and movement. Spanning ten years of exciting artistic exchange, this is the first exhibition to consider the group of artists in the same context, over a period that shaped the careers of Ben and Winifred Nicholson irrevocably.
Please check before visiting.
Painting Canada 2: Emily Carr and the Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast
- 1 November 2014 — 22 February 2015
In the autumn the Gallery will stage the first exhibition in the UK dedicated to the work of Canadian artist Emily Carr. Carr, a pioneering modernist painter, is widely recognised as the leading figure in British Columbian art in the first half of the twentieth century. Painting Canada 2: Emily Carr and the Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast (1 November 2014 – 22 February 2015) will showcase over 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939 including a focused selection of Carr’s watercolours and sketchbook drawings – less well-known even in Canada as well as the inclusion of reference material highlighting the importance of Indigenous Art as an influence for Carr. The exhibition will trace a dramatic trajectory from darkness to light. Visitors will first encounter Carr’s brooding, often claustrophobic forest scenes. The show will culminate in a display of Carr’s later euphoric sky paintings, rhythmic light-filled beach scenes and clear-cut landscapes.
Please check before visiting.
'Ideas that Changed The World' Lecture Series
- 15 January — 10 December 2013 *on now
Dulwich Picture Gallery will explore some of the most significant ideas that have changed the world in the Contextual Lecture Series 2013. Inspired by Professor A. C. Grayling’s book Ideas That Matter, the 2013 lecture series, convened by Dr Kenneth Wolfe, will review ideas from Plato to Multiculturalism; Psychoanalysis to European Law and more.
The range of fascinating topics will be presented by eminent authorities, including Baroness Mary Warnock on Plato, Sir Francis Jacobs on European Law and British Sovereignty and Jonathan Wolff on Communism: Theory and Practise.
Professor A. C. Grayling will open the series on the 15 January 2013 and bring it to a close on 13 December 2013 with his own profound analyses.
Date and times of event and related activities:
The series will begin with an evening drinks reception in the Sackler Studio at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
All other lectures will be from 10.30 – 11.30am on Tuesdays throughout the year, in the Linbury Room.
- Any age
£200 for the full series, £180 Friends (includes the opening launch and final lecture receptions).
A limited amount of tickets will be available on the door for each event on a first come, first served basis for £10 (£9 for Friends).
Art for Adults: Watercolour Club
- 6 December 2013
- 13 December 2013
Experienced or intermediate watercolour enthusiasts meet monthly in this class for a chance to further develop their skills.
- Not suitable for children
£80 (Concessions and Friends £75).
Exhibition Lecture: Hockney, Printmaker
- 6 February 2014 12:30-1:30pm
With curator Richard Lloyd, International Head of Prints and Multiples at Christies
Special Exhibition Lecture - Art as Autobiography: The Early Work of David Hockney
- 9 March 2014 11am-12pm
David Hockney's Biographer, Christopher Simon Sykes, gives an exclusive insight into the artist’s childhood growing up in Bradford and his life up until he left the Royal College of Art in 1962
Hockney Printmaker: Etching
- 9 March 2014 10:30am-4pm
- 16 March 2014 10:30am-4pm
Create an edition of black and white prints, inspired by Hockney's illustrative and still life etchings. Visit the Hockney: Printmaker exhibition and create two linear compositions onto beautiful Fabriano Rosaspina paper with printmaker Victoria Browne
Hockney Printmaker: Lithography
- 23 March 2014 10:30am-4pm
Create an edition of colour prints, inspired by Hockney's portrait lithographs. Participants will learn a low-toxic techniques and work from the life model with printmaker Victoria Browne
These interactive workshops look at the design and context of Sir John Soane's unique gallery building. Students will experiment with building materials, investigate elements of design and explore the Gallery.
How to obtain
Call the Schools and Young People Coordinator on 020 8299 8731 to book this FREE 2 hour session, available every Friday at 10:00 AM. Visit the website for more information.