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Help us build The Colour Palace: Dulwich Picture Gallery launches crowdfunding campaign

Dulwich Picture Gallery today begins a month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 for the second Dulwich Pavilion. Launching on Art Happens, the Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform, donations will go directly towards the final stages of construction for the 2019 Pavilion, The Colour Palace. Organised in partnership with London Festival of Architecture, it is scheduled to open to the public on 31 May 2019.

The Colour Palace was the winning design by emerging Peckham-based architecture practice, Pricegore, and London-based artist, Yinka Ilori, in a competition run by London Festival of Architecture and Dulwich Picture Gallery. A celebration of colour, pattern and light, the design draws upon both European and West African cultural traditions. It incorporates symmetry, curves and right-angles – all elements present in Sir John Soane’s pioneering design of the world’s first purpose built public art gallery.

A vibrant space where people can relax, socialise and enjoy creative activities throughout the summer months, The Colour Palace will be a community hub hosting a variety of events including yoga, talks, workshops and themed Late evenings. The Gallery needs to raise the final £20,000 to complete the project, which has a construction budget of £100,000.

Donations start at £5 and there will be a range of exclusive rewards for those who donate including architectural drawing prints, a limited edition print by Yinka Ilori, and a tour of the Colour Palace with the Pavilion’s design team.

The Gallery has just one month to raise £20,000 and will not receive any of the money unless the campaign hits its target.

Jennifer Scott, The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, said:

“The Colour Palace will be an inspirational space for everyone to find themselves in art – in line with the Gallery’s founding principles. We want visitors to feel ownership of this exciting concept; we opened the competition to a public vote and we are now hopeful that people far and wide will give us this vital support via the crowdfunding campaign. Thank you for helping us to make the summer 2019 Dulwich Pavilion a reality.”

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