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Exhibition: In the Tracks of Pissarro

To coincide with Pissarro’s Dulwich College (1871) coming to the Picture Gallery and the College’s 400th anniversary, Bell House is hosting a small exhibition looking at 1871, a key moment of change in our part of South London. Dulwich had been a rural retreat, at the front of Bell House you can still see the ‘ha-ha’, a sunken wall designed to keep out the sheep that were driven along College Road. It was transformed by three major developments: the relocation of the Crystal Palace to Sydenham in 1854, the arrival of the railways, and London’s expansion south. The railways paid for the new Dulwich College and made the area more accessible, encouraging development. Pissarro was fascinated by such turning points and captured the area in its transition, painting not only the new College but also the Crystal Palace and Lordship Lane station. Bell House residents were also affected by Dulwich’s transformation. George Widdowson, a silversmith, exhibited at the Crystal Palace and must have been thrilled to see it relocated just a short distance from his front …

May events at Bell House

LIFE DRAWING FOR ALL – every Tuesday for 4 weeks, starting May 14th, 7pm Would you like to develop your life drawing skills? Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned practitioner, join in this four-week course with tutor Liz Charsley. AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC – Tuesday 14th May, 7:30pm Bell House Poets are back, following on the success of previous evenings, with music and poetry to lighten the soul as summer approaches. AN EVENING WITH STEPHANIE CALMAN: CONFESSIONS OF A BAD MOTHER – Wednesday 15th May, 7:30pm Stephanie Calman, the founder of the ground-breaking Bad Mothers Club website and the author of six previous books including the bestselling Confessions of a Bad Mother, will be talking to her husband Peter Grimsdale about her new book and how to navigate the teenage years. FROM SCRIPTWRITING TO SHOOTING: FILM ON YOUR SMARTPHONE – Saturday 18th May, 10am This creative, hands-on course will cover some of the basics of film-making, including scripting, lighting and directing, to enable you to create a short film that you can shoot …

Dulwich Opera Company present Epic Momentsan Opera Gala concert

Dulwich Opera Company are making their debut at the newly opened, state of the art Vaughan Williams Auditorium at James Allen’s Girls School in Dulwich on Saturday 25th May with a gala evening of unforgettable arias and ensembles including music by Verdi, Puccini, and Tchaikovsky. The evening, which marks the 5thanniversary year of Dulwich Opera Company’s founding, will feature Loretta Hopkins, soprano, Phillipa Thomas, mezzo-soprano, and Borja Gómez-Ferrer, tenor. The young professional singers will be accompanied by the Dulwich Opera Company Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Fletcher. Dulwich Opera Company was established in 2014 to showcase young professional artists and to attract new audiences to opera. Described by Opera Today as “compulsive and enjoyable”, the young company presents exciting concerts and fully staged productions, and tours across the UK. Tickets are available in advance from www.dulwichoperacompany.org.uk/box-office – £23 / £21 / Under 16’s £10.

Teatro Vivo present The Hunters Grimm

Dare you hunt out a life-saving story? In a land where austerity bites the poorest, the powerful fight irrelevant battles and the weather grows wilder, the famous Brothers Grimm search for joyful stories. And they need your help to see beyond our bleak reality in search of a hopeful story to feed the soul. Your journey will take you down shadowy streets where you will meet an anarchic frog, comfort a desperate prince, dance with the musicians of Bremen and join a voyage to cure nightmares. Along the way you’ll hear stories of love, death, poverty, longing and sausages. Critically acclaimed TEATRO VIVO has a well-deserved reputation of producing high-quality theatre “where you least expect it.” The company turns everyday environments into magical worlds; having previously staged Shakespeare in supermarkets, MOTHER COURAGE in an old weapons factory and THE ODYSSEY on the streets, tattoo parlours and pubs of Deptford. THE HUNTERS GRIMM, inspired by the tales of the Brothers Grimm, invites audiences to roam local neighbourhoods and experience familiar streets in new and surprising ways. …

Life, Love and Other Stuff: The Day Retreat

Time for ourselves is a basic human need that we often overlook when other demands such as work, family and life stuff need our attention. If your daily routine and responsibilities mean you usually come last on the list, then disappearing to a retreat may feel like an impossible indulgence. With that in mind, Toni Horton and Sandie Ennis have designed Life, Love and other stuff: The Day Retreat which takes place on Saturday 15 June at Bell House in Dulwich, SE21. The day will help you to relax in urban peace, while you learn specific tools to improve your wellbeing, relationships and manage your stress. Research has shown that just one day can be the catalyst for change and provide enough mental and physical space to release you from the routine of daily responsibilities and allow you to concentrate on yourself, to refocus and to relax. The Day Retreat provides a supportive environment for people experiencing emotional or physical exhaustion, feeling a reduced sense of accomplishment, struggling with imposter syndrome, feeling on the edge of …