Vanessa Bell (1879 – 1961)

Widely acclaimed as a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group, the modernist painter, Vanessa Bell (1879 – 1961) was a pivotal player in 20th century British art, inventing a new language of visual expression. Approximately 100 paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photographs arranged thematically will reveal her pioneering work in the genres of portraiture, still life and landscape.

8 February – 4 June 2017

Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith 

A special display bringing together photographs by Vanessa Bell and the American writer, artist and musician, Patti Smith (b. 1946).

8 February – 4 June 2017

The Private Made Public: The First Visitors 

Learn more about a typical visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery in the 19th century. James Stephanoff’s watercolour The Viewing at Dulwich Picture Gallery, c. 1830, is the earliest known view of the Gallery’s interior and gives an indication of what visitors may have encountered upon their arrival. See an example of an early Gallery handbook, as well as an original visitor book that all entrants were required to sign. The visitor books bear the signatures of both local residents and contemporary celebrities, including: Claude Monet, Walter Sickert, Rodin, Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf.

Tuesday 14 March – Sunday 4 June 2017

Family Events

Mini Masterpieces

Experience the delights of our collection with your child aged 6-18 months. Enjoy an informal, child-friendly gallery visit followed by a hands-on, sensory art session tailored for you and your baby. Collection-based themes change monthly – come to one or all!

By Land or by Sea: Landscapes and Seascapes

Tuesday 4 April and Thursday 20 April.


Contextual Lecture Series: The Making of a Global City

What makes a global city and how do we maintain its expanding fortitude? Join expert speakers as they examine aspects of London identity from 1817 – 2017 – two centuries of social, industrial and cultural innovation. This series will explore the ins and outs of the capital city, including its architecture, infrastructure, social housing, and culture and economic growth through both business and scientific advancement.

10.30 – 11.30am. £12, £10 Friends.

Keynes: A Revolution in Economic Thinking

Tuesday 11 April

John Maynard Keynes remains highly relevant to an understanding of the financial collapse of 2007-8. This lecture provides a Keynesian perspective on the reform of the world’s monetary system, and concludes with reflections on the role of the state and the state of economics.

Lecturer: Robert Skidelsky

A City of Women But Not Always For Us: London 1817-2017

Tuesday 25 April

This lecture will discuss the many ways in which access to the city, and what we define as ‘the city’ has, in the past hundred and fifty years, been gendered..

Lecturer: Mary Evans

Gallery Film

American Friends (1991)

Oxford Professor Frances Ashby meets and befriends two women holidaying in the Swiss Alps in 1861. They follow him back to campus and move into a nearby home to pursue him but unfortunately, university professors are forbidden to marry and Francis must choose between love and his career.

Monday 10 April. 7.00pm for 7.30pm screening. £9, £7 Friends.

Off The Wall

Discuss, debate and have your say!

Meet new people, work with a professional artist and engage in lively discussion as you challenge the role of galleries for young people today. Working in the Gallery you will explore univeral themes such as love, power, beauty and equality using our Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions as your stimuli. Join us as we find new and creative ways to express these ideas – it’s your space and your voice!

Saturday 15 April, 2 – 4pm. Free.

To book your place contact Emma Hollamby – e.hollamby@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk / 020 8299 8753