Exhibitions & Displays

Edward Bawden

The British artist and designer Edward Bawden (1903–89) is today renowned for his monumental linocuts of Brighton Pier and other Victorian architecture, and for his witty designs for companies like Twinings and Fortnum & Mason. This will be the first major exhibition to look at every aspect of Bawden’s career, championing him as a fine artist while also demonstrating the wit and versatility of his design work.​

23 May – 9 September 2018

Dulwich Pavilion 2019: The Shortlist

Come and have your say on the six shortlisted designs for the 2019 Dulwich Pavilion. Models and visualisations of the proposed designs by young and emerging architects will be on display in the Gallery’s glass walkway throughout this year’s London Festival of Architecture, and visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite.

5 June – 22 July 2018


Gallery Lates

By the Seaside

13 July, 6-10pm, £12; £10 Friends & Concessions

Grab your bucket and spade for the alternative British summertime experience! Inspired by our Edward Bawden exhibition, we’re taking you on a trip to the seaside. From nostalgic tradition to tongue-in-cheek kitsch, we’ll be celebrating the world off duty through workshops, experiences and performances.

Lectures & Talks

‘World Off Duty’ Lecture Series:

In Conversation: Bawden’s Studio

5 July, 2pm, £12; £10 Friends 

Join Peter Avery, studio assistant to Edward Bawden, and Chloe Cheese, artist and illustrator for an in-conversation exploring the life and work of Bawden. Find out what it was like to work alongside a prolific and industrious worker with a curiosity that knew no bounds.

Contextual Lecture Series:

Drawing the Future: How Architecture is Dreamed Through Images

10 July, 10.30 – 11.45am, £12; £10 Friends

The seductive power of the architectural image is explored in this lecture by Hugh Pearman, taking in works ranging from Sir John Soane’s designs to the architects drawing the cities of tomorrow.

Adult Courses & Workshops

Mixed-Media Mural

Five Mondays from 2 – 30 July, 10am – 1pm, £130; £125 Friends & concessions

Across five weeks, adopt Edward Bawden’s mural-making process to create one of your own. Focus on a different layer of your composition each week and explore relief-building, mark-making and graphic printing techniques.

With artist Grace Holliday

Graphics and Design

Three Saturdays from 7 – 21 July, 10am – 1pm, £90; £85 Friends & concessions

Taking inspiration from Edward Bawden’s iconic posters for Kew Gardens, Hyde Park and the Natural History Museum, create your own poster for a location that’s significant to you. Learn how to simplify shapes, create a bold graphic style and compose an effective colour palette.

With artist Liz Charsley-Jory 

Young People

Off the Wall

14 July, 2pm – 4pm

Off the Wall is a monthly workshop for young people aged 11-18 where we invite you to have a look at the Gallery anew, and experiment with different art techniques. This is a workshop for the curious and those ready to try new things – you don’t need to be fantastic at art, just come along to discuss, debate and have your say. 

Early Years

Mini Masterpieces

3 & 19 July, 10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm, £12 per adult & child

Experience the delights of our Collection with your child aged 6-24 months and then create your very own masterpiece in a practical, hands-on session.

Gallery Film

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

In the Mood for Love (2000)

9 July

Tours & Walks

RHS Lindley Library Tour

3 July, 11am – 12.30pm, £10; £8 Friends

Conducted by the art curator and the rare books librarian, this tour will coincide with an exhibition of some of the library’s award-winning contemporary botanical art.

A Brothers’ Tour of the Charterhouse

24 July, 2.15 – 4.15pm, £20; £16 Friends

During its long history, the Charterhouse has served as a monastery, private palace and boys’ school, and the almshouse that it remains today. Our behind-the-scenes tour will be led by one of the resident Brothers, providing an in-depth look at this unique hidden gem. 

CW+ Art Collection

25 July, 10.30 – 11.30am & 11.45am – 12.45pm, £10; £8 Friends

The visual arts collection at CW+, the charity for Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, has a collection of over 1,000 mostly modern artworks, displayed throughout the hospital, and includes works by Allen Jones, Patrick Heron and Edward Bawden.