Dulwich Picture Gallery

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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Fri 1000-1700
Sat-Sun 1100-1700
Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday 1100-1700
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

Admission charges

Permanent Collection Only

• Adults £6.00 (£5.00 without donation)
• Senior citizens £5.00 (£4.00 without donation)
• Free for unemployed, disabled, students (valid student card must be available)
• Free for Art Fund members and Museums Association Members
• Free entry for children under 18
• Free entry for Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery

Temporary Exhibition (includes viewing of the Permanent Collection)

• Standard £11.00 (£10.00 without donation)
• Senior Citizens £10.00 (£9.00 without donation)
• Unemployed, disabled and students £6 (£5 without donation)
• Free entry for children under 18
• Audio guide £3
• Free entry for Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery

Become a friend of Dulwich Picture Gallery - £35 Single and £50 Joint annual membership entitles you to free admission to the permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions and displays including Director-led Private Views.

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).

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

By Train

Take the train in under 15 minutes from London Victoria to West Dulwich or from London Bridge to North Dulwich. Trains leave approximately every 15 minutes. Both stations are a 10 minute walk from the station.

By Tube to Brixton

Take the Victoria line to Brixton and then take the P4 bus (bus stop T) and alight at ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’ or take the National Rail train from Brixton rail station to West Dulwich.

By London Overground

Take the London Overground to Peckham Rye and then take the National Rail train or the 37 bus (bus stop N) to ‘North Dulwich Station’.

By Bus

P4 to College Road outside the Gallery café (from Lewisham bus stop C or from Brixton bus stop T). Alight at ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’.

3 to West Dulwich Station (from Crystal Palace bus station bus stop D or from Oxford Street bus stop RF). Alight at ‘Croxted Road/Thurlow Park Road’

37 to North Dulwich Station (from Peckham Rye bus stop N or from Putney bus stop F). Alight at ‘North Dulwich Station’.

P13 to Dulwich College (New Cross to Streatham). Alight at ‘Dulwich College’.

By Car

There is FREE PARKING on Gallery Road directly outside the Gallery.

Disabled parking spaces are available by driving through the Gallery gates on Gallery Road into the parking area. Booking is not required. Please do not obstruct the entrance so that emergency vehicles have access at all time.

Bikes

The Gallery has ample bike parking facilities.

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.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of painting in gilded frame with "Made in China" sticker

Made in China: A Doug Fishbone Project

  • 10 February — 26 July 2015 *on now

Working with conceptual artist Doug Fishbone, we are encouraging you to take a closer look at our Permanent Collection. One of our works will be replaced by a replica painting, sourced from an artists’ workshop in China, hung in the frame belonging to the original. For three months the identity of the work will remain concealed. Test your discerning eye and tell us which painting you think it is.

Many Old Master painters, from Titian to Rubens, encouraged the copying of their work either in their workshops or by independent copyists. There are several examples in Dulwich’s collection including workshop paintings such as Venus and Adonis as well as later copies such as Constable’s copy of Ruisdael’s Windmills. Today, famous paintings are being reproduced in the millions with China dominating this export market.

For three months (10 February – 26 April) you are invited to find the replicated painting, which will hang in place of the original in Dulwich’s permanent display of 270 works. The answer will be revealed on April 28th when original and replica will hang side by side and when we hope to see you return to find out the answer! Winning answers will be entered into a draw to win one of five print on demand reproductions of chosen works in the Gallery’s collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £6 (£5 without donation) Senior Citizens £5 (£4 without donation) Free for unemployed, disabled, students and children under 18

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/february/made-in-china-a-doug-fishbone-project/

painting of horse chalk figure

Ravilious

  • 1 April — 31 August 2015 *on now

The first major exhibition to survey watercolours by celebrated British artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42). Well known for his iconic work for Wedgewood, Ravilious is widely considered one of the key figures in mid-20th century British design but he was also one of the finest watercolourists of the century.

His astonishingly prolific career spanned peace and war. With the outbreak of World War II Ravilious was assigned to the Royal Navy as one of the first Official War Artists finding new ways to capture and preserve the fleeting record of passing time.

Over 100 watercolours are on display - including famous works like Train Landscape and Westbury Horse as well as rarely seen works from private collections providing an inspiring look at his work between the mid-1920s and his death in 1942. Said to be inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock his images rarely contained figures and yet his shadowy interiors, doorways and strange perspectives often create a sense of human presence just departed or shortly to arrive.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£12.50 Adult, £11.50 Senior Citizens, £7.50 Concessions, FREE Children and Members

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/april/ravilious/

Conrad Shawcross: Counterpoint

  • 16 April — 14 June 2015 *on now

A display of works relating to Three Perpetual Chords, a series of cast iron sculptures by artist Conrad Shawcross in nearby Dulwich Park. The work is newly comissioned by Southwark Council.

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s display will coincide with the unveiling of the work in the park and will present works that illustrate Shawcross’s creative process and his ongoing study of light and harmonics. The display will include a large-scale ‘lightwork’ installation in the Gallery’s mausoleum and studies of Three Perpetual Chords.

Suitable for

Admission

Entry included in your ticket to the Permanent Collection.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/april/conrad-shawcross-counterpoint/

drawing of female nude

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman

  • 23 June — 15 November 2015

Timed to coincide with London's celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present ‘Prud’hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman’ the first UK exhibition devoted to Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823), a painter and draughtsman who, through his distinctive and unconventional vision, emerged as one of the most exceptional talents working in post-Revolutionary Paris.

A selection of 13 works on paper will celebrate Prud’hon as court artist to Napoleon and Joséphine Bonaparte and as one of France’s greatest draughtsmen. The display will focus on the artist’s extraordinary life studies in white and black chalk, remarkable for their ethereal forms, subtlety of light and shade, and mastery of expression. Whether sketched quickly or finished to perfection, the drawings reveal Prud’hon’s working processes, exploring the constant experimentation that led to the unique blend of Romantic expression and Neoclassical forms that marked him out amongst his contemporaries.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/june/prudhon/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Watercolour: Spring into Summer

  • 13 April — 8 June 2015 , *on now

Get ready for the spring and summer seasons and improve your watercolour skills.

Work from seasonal botanicals and still life materials in the studio. Weather permitting, venture out into the Gallery’s grounds to capture the budding life of spring.

With Royal Watercolour Society member Liz Butler.

Suitable for

Admission

£200 / £195 Friends & Concs.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/practical-art-adults/2015/april/watercolour-spring-into-summer/

Painting: Visions of the English Landscapes

  • 5 May — 2 June 2015 *on now

Explore Eric Ravilious’ distinctive approach to landscape painting.

Develop your skills while creating dynamic paintings utilising form and design, and discover the mystical nature of Ravilious’ work.

With artist Benjamin Senior.

Suitable for

Admission

£125, £120 Friends & Concs.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/practical-art-adults/2015/may/painting-visions-of-the-english-landscapes/

Eric Ravilious: Wood Engraving

  • 16 May — 11 July 2015 *on now

This course offers a rare opportunity to learn wood engraving alongside an exhibition showing the work of one of its greatest artists.

Over the weeks, you will develop the skills of wood engraving and create your own prints. The course will also include a tour of the exhibition with the tutor, to examine and learn from Ravilious’s unique style.

With artist Peter Brown.

Suitable for

Admission

£200 / £195 Friends & Concs.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/practical-art-adults/2015/may/eric-ravilious-wood-engraving/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Explore Buildings

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/education/schools/key_stage_2/explore_buildings.aspx

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.

Getting there

By Train

Take the train in under 15 minutes from London Victoria to West Dulwich or from London Bridge to North Dulwich. Trains leave approximately every 15 minutes. Both stations are a 10 minute walk from the station.

By Tube to Brixton

Take the Victoria line to Brixton and then take the P4 bus (bus stop T) and alight at ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’ or take the National Rail train from Brixton rail station to West Dulwich.

By London Overground

Take the London Overground to Peckham Rye and then take the National Rail train or the 37 bus (bus stop N) to ‘North Dulwich Station’.

By Bus

P4 to College Road outside the Gallery café (from Lewisham bus stop C or from Brixton bus stop T). Alight at ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’.

3 to West Dulwich Station (from Crystal Palace bus station bus stop D or from Oxford Street bus stop RF). Alight at ‘Croxted Road/Thurlow Park Road’

37 to North Dulwich Station (from Peckham Rye bus stop N or from Putney bus stop F). Alight at ‘North Dulwich Station’.

P13 to Dulwich College (New Cross to Streatham). Alight at ‘Dulwich College’.

By Car

There is FREE PARKING on Gallery Road directly outside the Gallery.

Disabled parking spaces are available by driving through the Gallery gates on Gallery Road into the parking area. Booking is not required. Please do not obstruct the entrance so that emergency vehicles have access at all time.

Bikes

The Gallery has ample bike parking facilities.

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road
London
SE21 7AD
Greater London
England

Website

www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

E-mail

info@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Telephone

020 8693 5254

Fax

020 8299 8700

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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