Dulwich Picture Gallery to Expand its Visitor Experience

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Dulwich Picture Gallery to Expand its Visitor Experience

Dulwich Picture Gallery has received planning permission for an innovative transformation of its site and three acres of green space, in its biggest redevelopment in over 20 years. A brand new, free to access outdoor gallery will extend the visitor experience into the gardens while a new building and extension will reveal new views of the site and provide much needed facilities for families, with a focus on art and creative play.

Under the banner ‘Open Art’, the ambitious plans will maximise the Gallery’s unique potential - its building, art, gardens, people and location - for future generations. To deliver this vision, the Gallery has appointed award-winning architects Carmody Groarke alongside leading landscape artist Kim Wilkie.

The proposed developments comprise a series of permanent enhancements across the site including innovative landscaping of the Gallery’s currently under-utilised field to transform it into a meadow which will host a new biennial sculpture competition; a series of interactive artworks in the Gallery’s gardens; improved facilities for schools and families; and a new building to house creative play and activities for families.

Dulwich Picture Gallery is well placed to deliver this vision. Its ambitions to host more accessible, interactive art in the gardens follows the overwhelming success of the Dulwich Pavilion projects of 2017 and 2019, which put new and emerging artists on the map, brought new audiences to the site, and established the Gallery as a leading destination for outdoor art and creative experiences. It also has an established and renowned family and schools programme providing valuable experiences for the artists of the future. Finding much needed space in the gardens answers a continuing need for extra facilities.

Construction is set to start in Winter 2023 with the aim for all elements to be completed by early 2025. The Gallery will remain open throughout.

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