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British Surrealism virtual exhibition

From this Friday, anyone can experience Dulwich Picture Gallery’s acclaimed British Surrealism exhibition for free online, with a virtual walk through produced with The Net Gallery. Championing the British artists that contributed to the iconic surrealist movement, this major exhibition features over 70 eclectic artworks from 42 artists, including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ithell Colquhoun, Conroy Maddox and many more. The Gallery hope this gives as many people as possible the chance to experience this fantastic show (which sadly had a shorter run than expected). While the virtual exhibition is free, they encourage online visitors to make a donation (the standard entry ticket price is £15) to help support the Gallery as they face unprecedented financial challenges in the wake of COVID-19. Find out more here. Conroy Maddox, Onanistic Typewriter I, 1940, Photo credit: The Murray Family Collection (UK & USA). Given with the kind permission of the artist’s daughter.

Food & Drink

I know lots of you have been growing your own this year whilst in lockdown and by now you should be seeing the result of your hard work. Our allotment is bursting at the seams right now. We are picking raspberries and strawberries daily they are delicious straight from the punnet, served with cream and sugar or even chocolate cake.  Our cherry tree is loaded with fruit and ripe for picking too. In the vegetable patch July is particularly good for legumes, with peas at their sweet, snappy best and the first long leggy runner beans dangling from their vines.  Thin skinned new potatoes should be around for a little longer too; boiled and buttered they go with almost anything. Recipe: Couscous with broad beans, mint & lemon, topped with baked fish Serves 4 Preparation 20 minutes Ingredients: For the Couscous 1300g (10oz) shelled fresh broad beans 200g (6.5oz) couscous 2tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint Zest and juice of 1 lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional) For the fish 4 Portions (150-175g/5/6oz each) fish, such …

Bring some zing into your borders with euphorbia

These beautiful and useful foliage plants add structure and texture to the garden. Their exotic-looking foliage creates a lush tropical feel to planting and many varieties have bright acid green flowers in spring and early summer that add a bit of zing to a border and beautifully compliment purples and blues. There are many varieties to choose from, whether for height or ground cover, sun or shade. Here’s my pick of the best. E. characias wulfenii This is probably the most popular euphorbia. Its stems of bluish green leaves (up to 1.5m high) provide year round rounded structure to the garden and look great with silvers and purples. From March it comes alive with with blowsy lime green flowers that perfectly complement blue and purple plants such as Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ or alliums. It will tolerate some shade but prefers a sunny spot and is pretty drought tolerant once established – perfect for a gravel or Mediterranean garden. E. characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is a more compact version of wulfenii – growing to around 50cm. Good …

Travels with my Camera

Coming soon to Jeannie Avent Gallery is this fascinating exhibition from Adrian Whittle: Travels with my Camera.  Starting on Thursday 3o July until Tuesday 11th August. Adrian explains the background to his exhibition: “The exhibition focuses on street photography and portraits from Cuba, India and Myanmar as well as a few from other countries. I am interested in the stories of everyday people and my approach is to spend time talking to the subjects of the photographs before taking my camera out. People are often willing to open up and to talk about their lives, their work and their families. Some also want to know about me and ask quite searching questions about family relationships and circumstances. Wherever possible I try to print copies of the pictures and give them to the people who have so generously given me their time. I have come to know a few of these people quite well and try to catch up with them on return visits to India and Myanmar.” Jeannie Avent Gallery, 14 North Cross Road, East …

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 …