Dulwich Picture Gallery will celebrate 200 years since it first opened to the public with a summer of free Friday Lates centred around its new pavilion. The themed evenings will include performance, talks, and music, bringing together a variety of experts from across the art and design world. Visitors can also relax and unwind in the pavilion bar with food and drink provided by The Camberwell Arms.
To mark the bicentenary of the Gallery, which was the first in the UK designed for public access to art, visitors can also enjoy free entry to the Permanent Collection every Friday from 6 – 10pm.
The Dulwich Pavilion, designed by emerging South London-based architects, IF_DO, features a series of mirrored screens, reflecting the Gallery’s iconic architecture and surrounding gardens. It will be free for all to explore throughout the summer and will open late on Fridays throughout June and July with a different line-up of cultural activities each week.
The pavilion bar, which will be open throughout the weekend, will offer a special drinks menu including classic cocktails with a twist. It will also serve a variety of small plates devised by Mike Davies, Head Chef at The Camberwell Arms.
Jenna Mason, Public Programme Producer, said:
“The Dulwich Pavilion is the ideal setting to get your culture and cocktail fix this summer – and we’re opening after hours on Fridays to provide the perfect start the weekend. The Pavilion’s moveable panels have allowed us to programme a range of immersive activities and thought-provoking debate from experts in the field of art and design. We’ll also be bringing events into the inspiring setting of the Permanent Collection where visitors will see the old masters in a whole new way – and hopefully leave with their curiosity fed!”
The Dulwich Pavilion has been developed in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar with additional support from Arts Council England.
The Lates programme is generously supported by Ingrid Beazley