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


Get creative together at ArtPlay, our practical drop-in session, making everything from bunting to block prints.

2 – 4pm, Free with Gallery Ticket

Spring Birds – Painting

Take inspiration from the Permanent Collection and explore a variety of painting and mark making techniques. Create colourful birds with unique patterns and prints.

With artist Francesca Centioni

19 March

Gallery Stories

Selected Sundays of every month. Participate in interactive storytelling in the main gallery. Please meet the storyteller at the gallery ticket desk.

Sunday 12 March

Sunday 26 March

Two sessions per day, 2.30pm & 3.10pm.

Free with Gallery ticket

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!

Wildlife: Animals in Nature

Thursday 23 March

10.30am – 12pm

£16 per adult & child


Lunchtime Concert Series: From Blues to Bach

The free lunchtime concerts are back with talented students from local schools performing every Wednesday: Dulwich College, JAGS and Alleyn’s School students will both entertain and impress with their musicianship, all in the impressive surroundings of Christ’s Chapel.

March 1, 8, 15

1.30 – 2pm / Christ’s Chapel


Castalian String Quartet 

The Castalians are rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Prize-winners at Hanover (2013), Lyon (2015) and at Banff (2016), they have already performed widely throughout Europe. They will play Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven.

Wednesday 22 March

£20, £18 Friends includes a glass of wine; under 18s £10

Each sociable evening includes a complimentary glass of wine, snacks and film notes

Bar opens at 7.00pm

Screenings at 7.30pm

Linbury Room

£9; £7 Friends

Gallery Film

Quiz Show

A true story of the discrimination, pay-offs, and cover-ups behind the scenes of the most popular intellectual game show in 1958.

Monday 13 March