Author: Around Dulwich

Dulwich Picture Gallery: What’s On

As the outdoor spaces, pop-up shop and café have now reopened, here is a round up of what is happening at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. As the world’s first purpose built art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery was designed for the public to enjoy – and we can’t wait to welcome you back to our gardens as they burst into life this summer. Here are some highlights of what you can enjoy on your visit. Experience great art and architecture A visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s gardens provides a great opportunity to explore art and architecture in one setting. See Peter Randall Page’s outdoor sculpture Walking the Dog (pictured in the foreground above). Carved out of granite, the design echoes the frieze on the Gallery exterior. Why not also take a moment to appreciate the intricate patterns, lines and shadows of our iconic building, designed by late-Georgian architect Sir John Soane? Picnic in the gardens The Gallery Café is back offering a takeaway menu of delicious food and drink which you can enjoy with friends and …

Comtemporary Jewellery Showroom Now Open

Goldsmith and diamond setter Isabelle Capitain opened the doors to her new gallery and workshop in East Dulwich last month. Isabelle has taken over from long term East Dulwich jewellers Davies & Vaughan. Her minimal contemporary fine jewellery is entirely handmade in the galleryʼs workshop. Traditionally trained at the work bench, Isabelle welcomes bespoke commissions and hand-making fine jewellery to clientsʼ specifications is at the heart of her business. Her designs are strongly influenced by the famous art school Bauhaus with clean lines and subtle detailing. In addition to her own work the gallery will showcase exciting contemporary jewellery by artists from across the UK. The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 5 and by appointment. www.isabelle-capitain.co.uk

The Last Word – Tarik Francis

  In the July issue of SE22, local resident and business owner Tarik Francis had the last word.  See what he had to say:     How long have you lived in the area? I am a newbie to East Dulwich.  I was lucky enough to take over High Vibe Fitness Studio which has been keeping people healthy for 10 years, but I am a South Londoner born and breed. What brought you here? When I was looking for a place to call home East Dulwich was one of few places that ticked all the boxes; with the right business, strong community and a huge amount of diversity.  I am very happy to have made that decision. What has changed most during that time? During these unpresented times it has been great to see what I thought was a strong community become even stronger with all local business and people pulling together. With great acts of unselfishness from heroes such as one of our High Vibe Tribe members Victoria #saveeastdulwich. The most famous person you’ve seen or …

East Dulwich’s Hidden Gem

Ever thought about taking up golf or played in the past and tempted to play again? For many ladies, joining a golf club can be intimidating or it feels too expensive or time consuming. Fiona Nott, Lady Captain at the Aquarius Golf Club, shares her experience on the welcome she received as a beginner and how golf has opened up new friendships. I always wanted to take up golf, but thought it would be really intimidating to join a golf club and with a full time job, where I travel regularly, I never thought I would have the time to dedicate to it. I set myself the challenge of playing my first round of golf before my 50th birthday, which I achieved with just two days to spare! Fast forward four years later and I became Lady Captain in March this year having joined the Aquarius only four years ago. I have met so many lovely people during those four years and my experience is one of welcome, informality and friendship – words I didn’t …

Local resident sets up new raffle

Local resident Esme a.k.a East Dulwich Mummy,  is raising money for two causes by running a local raffle. 50% to Nimble Arts Holiday Club and 50% to the London Air Ambulance charity. We caught up with Esme to find out more: I am a local mum raising money for a local business owner, Catherine Burgis (pictured) who owns Nimble Arts Holiday Club. I felt compelled to set up the raffle because Cath is an absolutely amazing individual. She is the eternal optimist and very selfless and kind. I have known her for six years (my sons attend Nimble Arts holiday club every school holiday and love it). Cath is the director of a limited company, so has had to rely on savings to get by throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period (as the face-to-face holiday club could not open over Easter or May half term, leading to a huge loss of income for her and her employees) and small donations from people doing the virtual holiday club. No government help has been available for Cath or  her employees as …