This summer, Dulwich Picture Gallery is celebrating 200 years since it first opened its doors to the public. To mark this anniversary, they’ve collaborated with IF_DO via the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar to construct a modern and striking pavilion. This years Dulwich Pavilion is modern in contrast to the Sir John Soane’s gallery building yet it responds to its surroundings with a series of mirrored screens; some of these are fixed whilst others can be moved to reflect and disrupt the context. The design plays with space and perception, reminding us of the ever-changing nature of landscape.
There are lots of events taking place at the Dulwich Pavilion over the summer months. There’s life-drawing sessions on Sundays and a series of late events on Friday evenings including live Jazz music. You can also simply drop by for a drink or two at the pavilion bar and restaurant.
I attended their ‘Bloom’ event last night where I enjoyed a masterclass lesson in how to make flower crowns and a guide to the production of floral perfumes. This was followed by an insightful talk on the eighteenth century Dutch painter, Jan Van Huysum who was famed for his depictions of luxurious floral arrangements.
It should be noted that although the Pavilion Lates are free, you will still need to book tickets due to high demand.
The Dulwich Pavilion is open now until 8th October 2017. Keep checking the Dulwich Picture Gallery website as they’re continuously adding new events.