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.

Rubens' Ghost

  • 26 April — 3 July 2016 *on now

In 2016, Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a series of displays that delve deeper into four major artists in the Gallery’s collection: Van Dyck, Dou, Rubens and Rembrandt. Examining the lives and techniques of each artist, the series celebrates the creative processes of these Dutch and Flemish masters. Each display also draws connections with guest works from other institutions and private collections that have never been seen together before.

Revealing the creative process and working methods of the Peter Paul Rubens, a life size X-ray of Venus, Mars and Cupid will reveal changes made during the painting of the artwork. The display will also consider Rubens' recycling of panels in other works, such as The Miracles of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Hagar in the Desert.

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/2016/april/rubens-ghost/

Winifred Knights (1899-1947)

  • 8 June — 18 September 2016

Inspired by the masterpieces of Italian Early Renaissance artists, painstakingly exact in her working methods, and even declared a genius, woman artist Winifred Knights (1899-1947) is one of the most original, pioneering British artists of the first half of the 20th century.

The first major retrospective of the award-winning Slade School artist, this exhibition reunites all her completed paintings for the first time since their creation, including the apocalyptic masterpiece The Deluge, 1920, which attracted immense critical acclaim.

Admission

Adult £12.50; Senior Citizens £11.50; Concessions (students, disabled, ES40, Art Fund & Museums Association Members) £7; Children and Members FREE

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/june/winifred-knights/

Dou in Harmony

  • 5 July — 6 November 2016

In 2016, Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a series of displays that delve deeper into four major artists in the Gallery’s collection: Van Dyck, Dou, Rubens and Rembrandt. Examining the lives and techniques of each artist, the series celebrates the creative processes of these Dutch and Flemish masters. Each display also draws connections with guest works from other institutions and private collections that have never been seen together before.

Two of Gerrit Dou’s finest musical-themed paintings - Woman playing a Clavichord and A Young Lady Playing a Virginal - hang together for the first time since 1665. Comparing these works will reveal Dou's varied approaches to the same subject, and his clever use of architectural space.

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/2016/july/dou-in-harmony/

Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Golden Age

  • 12 October 2016 — 15 January 2017

The first ever exhibition devoted to the Dutch painter and draughtsman Adriaen van de Velde (1636 - 1672), one of the finest landscape artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Through collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, over 60 paintings and exquisite preparatory drawings by this prolific, but tragically short-lived artist will be brought to London.

A Dutch Italianate, Van de Velde represents a point of artistic cross-communication across borders, fusing agricultural landscapes in Holland with mythological Arcadian scenes in Italian settings. Compared by the renowned art historian Wolfgang Stechow (1896-1974) to Mozart's chamber music, Van de Velde's paintings are delicate, carefully composed and demonstrate his mastery of lighting effects as well as the human figure.

Van de Velde died at the early age of 35, and yet he produced a great number of masterpieces that earned him posthumous fame. As well as bringing together 60 works, the exhibition will reunite these paintings with their preparatory studies in red chalk or pen and ink for the first time. The exhibition will offer not only a survey of the artist’s oeuvre but also a rare glimpse of a seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painter at work, from conception to completion.

Admission

Adult £12.50; Senior Citizens £11.50; Concessions (students, disabled, ES40, Art Fund & Museums Association Members) £7; Children and Members FREE

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/october/adriaen-van-de-velde/

Am I Rembrandt?

  • 8 November 2016 — 5 March 2017

In 2016, Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a series of displays that delve deeper into four major artists in the Gallery’s collection: Van Dyck, Dou, Rubens and Rembrandt. Examining the lives and techniques of each artist, the series celebrates the creative processes of these Dutch and Flemish masters. Each display also draws connections with guest works from other institutions and private collections that have never been seen together before.

The final display in the series explores how curators and conservators can tell whether paintings are authentic. Through X-rays and technical analysis, two paintings by Rembrandt - A Young Man, perhaps the Artist’s Son Titus of 1663, and the National Trust’s recently re-attributed Self-portrait wearing a White Feathered Bonnet - will demonstrate how stylistically different works can be attributed to the same artist.

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/2016/november/am-i-rembrandt/

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.

9 – 11yrs: Book Making and Print Workshop (Half-term course)

  • 31 May — 2 June 2016

Engage in the art of bookmaking and create your own personalised journals. Explore the Gallery and grounds while filling your journal with collages, mixed media and printed images.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£45

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/practical-art-young-people/2016/may/9-–-11yrs-book-making-and-print-workshop/

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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