New at the Gallery

The Gallery’s major summer exhibition, 'Ravilious' (1 April – 31 August 2015), will be the first show to thoroughly examine Eric Ravilious’ output as watercolourist, a medium which he used to capture the atmosphere of peacetime and wartime England as well as to preserve the fleeting passage of time. Curated by James Russell, a leading expert and author on the artist, the exhibition will showcase around 100 watercolours allowing us to assess Ravilious’ achievement as an artist of supreme skill. Spanning his short but prolific career between 1925 and 1942, this exhibition, the first to focus on his watercolours, will reveal his artistic continuity and show how he integrated rather than abandoned his instincts and ideas when appointed as a war artist in 1940.

Spot the Fake!

Last month Dulwich Picture Gallery embarked on a quirky venture to stimulate a closer inspection of the Collection. A cheap, we are told, Chinese fake, of one of the pictures has been substituted for the original and visitors are invited to spot the difference. It has been commissioned at a cost of £120 by the conceptual artist Doug Fishbone, and will be put in the original painting’s frame. Winning answers will be entered into a draw to win one of five print-on-demand reproductions of chosen works in the Gallery’s collection. The answer will be revealed on 28th April when original and replica will hang side by side.

Ivy instead of Grass

Several years ago, the grass verges in the Village between the old Burial ground and the Crown & Greyhound were returfed with a grant from the CGS fund. Not all the plots beneath trees accepted the grass and a trial is being made to plant ivy instead.

New Neighbourhoods Fund

A single, new Neighbourhoods Fund worth £542,000 was launched in January, combining the Community Council Fund and the Cleaner Greener Safer Revenue fund into one simple application process. The Neighbourhoods Fund will allow community councils to make decisions locally on neighbourhood priorities and provide the means of getting good ideas off the ground. The Council is looking for applications which recognise the importance of local action by communities, in developing relationships, making neighbourhoods come to life, and increasing skills and abilities which mean communities can grow from strength to strength.

You can find out more about the fund by via this link where you can read the information sheet and guidance notes which will inform how the fund will work and what type of projects would be suitable for funding.

This fund will help communities to get ideas off the ground. If you are part of a Southwark community group, or you know someone who is, please let them know the good news!

Car clubs

Several roads in Dulwich have parking spaces dedicated to car clubs such as ‘Zipcar’. The Council tells us that this will mean reduced demand for kerbside parking as residents use these cars and sell off their own - but is this true? The Burbage Road and Turney Road Residents Associations asked their member whether they had changed their driving habits in response to the availability of these cars but received no response – that could mean that nobody uses them or just that people can’t be bothered to respond. However, if you do use them please let us know, and contact

Art Miles, walking in support of the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 22 March:

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of three gallery and museum charities trialling a new fundraising initiative to encourage local people to raise money support in support of their activities.

Called ‘Art Miles’, the event will take place on Sunday 22 March. It starts with a fun, cultural walk of approximately 3 miles through the parks and playing fields of Dulwich, with short stops to look at some of the notable historical buildings, trees and sites in the area. Returning to the Gallery at the end there will be an opportunity to enjoy some delicious food and fascinating displays of falcons, as well as free entry to the Gallery itself. To help raise additional funds, attendees are encouraged to come in fancy dress and ask their family and friends to sponsor them.

The registration fee is £20 for adults and up to four children (aged 16 and under) can walk for free when accompanied by a paying adult – there will also be an Art Miles bag for each attendee. To find out more, and to buy tickets online, visit: You will be sent joining details via email as soon as you have registered and paid.

Dulwich Festival 8th – 15th May

It's that time of year again. ...Dulwich Festival 2015 will soon be upon us and with a programme choc-full of astonishing art work, moving musical performances, literary luminaries, all the fun of the fair, a delicious food trail and much more! This year's Festival runs from 8th to 17th May 2015, and sees the return of the ever-popular Artists' Open House running over both weekends of the Festival (9-10th and 16th-17th May). Now in its 11th year, Artists Open House continues to attract a rich and varied assortment of art, including painting, photography, ceramics and much more - the perfect excuse to add to your art collection at home. When tummies start to rumble after pounding the pavements, the offerings from some of Dulwich's best loved food stores and restaurants as part of the Festival's Food Trail will come to the rescue, returning after it proved a hit with the foodies of Dulwich and beyond last year. A new addition this year will be the Love West Dulwich Fair on Saturday 16th May - a great excuse to discover this vibrant quarter of Dulwich.

The Queen's Six - a magnificent male a capella vocal group who are part of the permanent choir at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle - will be making their debut at the Festival at Christ's Chapel on Wednesday 13th May, held in association with the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Queen's Six delight audiences with a repertoire spanning sacred and secular vocal music from the Middle Ages to the present outside of the Chapel. Don't miss their special performance in the
atmospheric surrounding of Christ’s Chapel

There is plenty of entertainment to keep the children equally enthralled this year, with the children's concert on Saturday 16th May in All Saint's Church drawing a proud crowd of mums and dads, (and grans and grandads) and the exciting arrival of children's theatre company Theatre Rites with their production 'Recycled Rubbish' on Saturday 9th May at St Barnabas parish hall. Described as 'children's theatre at its best' by local culture blogger A Little Bird, this production will inspire kids to think about the contents of the household bin bag in a whole new way.

Be sure to make time for the Festival's ever popular fairs - with the Goose Green Fair running on Sunday 10th May and the Festival Fair taking its place in Dulwich Park once more on Sunday 17th May. Stalls range from foodie delights, homemade
Trinkets to children’s face painting and donkey rides.

Take to the streets in our series of entertaining and informative walks which will cover the ever-popular topics of the area's history, trees, architecture and street art.

A one of a kind large scale performance, backed by Southwark Council, will take place on the streets of Dulwich during the first weekend of the Festival - watch out for further details in the coming months.

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