Dulwich Picture Gallery

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

Website

www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

E-mail

info@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Telephone

020 8693 5254

Fax

020 8299 8710

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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 Mon 1100-1700

Admission charges

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.

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.
Seascape showing four tugboats close to a lighthouse

Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931

  • 4 June — 21 September 2014 *on now

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.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Four Masterpieces by Jan van Huysum

  • 1 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

Jan van Huysum was the most prolific Dutch still life painter of the 18th century. This display showcases four of the artist's finest works, including two rare pendants, illustrating Van huysum's important role in the development of the flower still life.

It will also consider the artists's unwavering popularity with 18th century collectors including the Gallery's founders, Sir Francis Bourgeois and Noel Desenfans, as well as the Swiss painter and dealer Jean-Etienne Liotard.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry with a ticket to the Permanent Collection

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2014/jul/display-van-huysum/

Open Exhibition

  • 30 September — 12 October 2014

In celebration of their 60th Anniversary the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery are calling for entries to be included in a special exhibition in the Gallery’s temporary exhibition spaces. Chosen works will displayed for sale – a unique opportunity to have your work shown at the world’s very first purpose-built public art gallery.

The Sackler Director of the Gallery, Ian Dejardin, will head a panel of judges including artists and art professionals, who will select over a hundred pictures for the exhibition. Judging takes place on 7 August. Entrants must be Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Work chosen will hang in the Open Exhibiton, on show to the public from 30 September to 12 October. Entrants will be invited to a Private View on 29 September where three prizes will be awarded by the judges.

Submissions by JPG: no later than 31 July
Private View: 29 September

For enquiries please contact: friendsexhibition@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2014/sep/open-exhibition/

Untitled seascape by Emily Carr

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.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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.

Art in the Garden

  • 6 — 27 August 2014

Join our summer series of creative workshops in the Gallery gardens. Weekly family sessions are part of the Gallery programme. Bring a picnic, sit on the lawn and watch the artwork grow!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.00 per child

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/for-families/recurring-events/art-in-the-garden/

Art and Life: Silk Screen Printing

  • 14 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Create an edition of colour screenprints, inspired by Ben Nicholson's abstract still-life compositions. Working from observation, cut stencils and learn to print through a screen to create a multi-colour prints.

With printmaker Victoria Browne.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£55.00 / £50.00 Friends & Concessions

Website

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/practical-art-adults/2014/sep/art-and-life-silk-screen-printing/

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.

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