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We wave goodbye to The Colour Palace

This summer has been a technicolour celebration of innovative architecture and design as we hosted the second Dulwich Pavilion, The Colour Palace, in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture.

Designed by Pricegore architects and artist Yinka Ilori, The Colour Palace was a fusion of European and West African influences, taking inspiration from classic pagodas and the hanging Dutch wax prints of fabric markets in Lagos, Nigeria. It has stood proudly in our grounds from June to October 2019.

As we head into autumn and say goodbye to The Colour Palace this week, we look back at an unforgettable summer…

Who came?

We welcomed nearly 90,000 visitors across the summer to the Pavilion*.
This included:

2,536 school children between the ages of 4 and 18, attending workshops exploring colour, identity and architecture. This included our partnership with the London Schools Festival of Books.

3,124 people attended a special event from our free monthly Lates to supper clubs, family workshops and engaging discussions exploring architecture and identity in our Pavilion Salon programme.

A diverse line up of artists, architects, musicians, chefs and creatives contributed to our event programme. It would be impossible to name them all but big thanks to Alex Gore and Dingle Price of Pricegore, Yinka Ilori, Morag Myerscough, Tony Njoku, Neba Sere, About Buildings and Cities, and Neon Naked.

What our visitors had to say…

“Visually striking, I’ve not seen anything like it before!

“The Palace looked stunning - a really pleasant surprise. A fun, colourful and wonderfully off-beat exhibit.”

“Uplifting space like a three dimensional rainbow.

“A celebration of the multicultural area we live in Southeast London!”

“My little one loved running down the ramp and was very excited by its colours. She called it ‘the circus’”

Taking over the ‘gram

The Colour Palace proved a photo favourite with our visitors, with over 500 of you taking to Instagram to share your snaps! Here are some of our favourites…

What’s next for The Colour Palace?

Sustainability and re-use has always been a key part of the Pavilion project’s mission. The exciting news is that we will be repurposing 100% of the painted timber in a large cross-community project. Stay tuned to hear more in the coming weeks...

A Big Thank You!

We are hugely grateful to all the generous organisations and individuals that have helped to make The Colour Palace a reality.

In partnership with

Tom Beazley in memory of Ingrid Beazley

* Estimate figure made up of summer exhibition and event visitors as well as visitor counts in our grounds.