All posts tagged: art

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.

The Last Word – Mehreen Lodhi

In the June issue of SE21, local artist Mehreen Lodhi had the last word.  See what she had to say: I am an artist living in Dulwich, London.  I have pursued my passion for art vigorously alongside practicing as a lawyer over the last decade. How long have you lived in the area? I grew up in Dulwich and love everything about it. I was born in Pakistan and attended a private school there before moving to Dulwich, London.   I was 12 years old when we moved to Dulwich, it was in the height of the 80s when I used to see young people in Dr Martens and punk hairstyles walking along the streets and Madonna topped the music charts. I have lived in Dulwich for over three decades. What has changed most during that time? Not much but places like The Rosendale used to have smoky windows and you could never see what was going on inside.  I was always curious and imagined trays full of cigarette butts next to empty bottles of wines …

Jeremy Deller launches online Thinking About lecture series

Jeremy Deller launches online Thinking About lecture series for Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership students Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller, artist Lisa Milroy, and historian and writer Iain MacGregor are amongst the speakers lined up for Thinking About, a series of live weekly lectures with Q&As aimed at students in Years 11, 12 and 13. Guests from the Arts, Sciences and Humanities will all set out to give exclusive insights into their professional lives. In the inaugural talk on 12 May, Jeremy Deller will be ‘Thinking About’ his role as an artist and an observer of people and events. As he looks at the world from his window – the title he’s given his talk, referencing one of his earliest art works – he proves himself to be adept at weaving together high and low culture, the popular and the rarefied. An alumnus of Dulwich College, Jeremy Deller will revisit his past, look at current events and delve into a number of possible futures. Thinking About has been organised and curated by Dulwich College, an independent …

Children’s Art Competition

The Dulwich Festival may not be presenting any live events this year, however the ever-popular Children’s Art Competition and the inaugural Festival Flash Fiction Competition, for all ages, will be accepting entries online, until Friday 8th May. This could be a perfect activity to while away a few hours during lockdown. From protecting our oceans and natural environment to reducing plastic on our local high street; it’s time to think about the future. This year’s Children’s Art Competition celebrates Sustainability. What does SUSTAINABILITY mean to you? It could be saying no to fast fashion; changing eating habits; cutting down on plastic; switching off the lights; walking or taking public transport. Children of all ages may enter and winners will receive vouchers from the Art Stationers in Dulwich Village. If writing is more your thing, then why not try your hand at the Flash Fiction Competition. Write a story of 400 words max on any theme of your choosing. The competition is open to adults and children alike and there are great cash prizes to be won. Entries will be judged …

Dulwich Picture Gallery – February events!

Exhibitions & Displays British Surrealism 26 February – 17 May Journeys Now until 24 June Included in Gallery admission Lectures & Talks Contextual Lecture Series: Prospects and Prophecies Brexit and the Future of the UK 18 February, 10.30am £12; £10 Friends & Concessions Join Dr Simon Usherwood, expert in Euroscepticism and Deputy Director of the ESRC’s “UK in a Changing Europe” programme to explore the debate surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and its profound impact on our future. British Surrealism: Curator’s Introduction 27 February, 12.30pm £12; £10 Friends & Concessions Join Dr David Boyd Haycock curator of British Surrealism for an exciting introduction to the exhibition. Gain exclusive insight into the practice of some of the key surrealists and hear David’s argument for the roots of surrealism lying in the UK. Family Art Sundays 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 2-4pm Free, drop in. Sunday is art day, so drop by for a free family art-making workshop! Each week there’s a different theme to explore and something to take away as a memento. Play with …