Dulwich Pavilion returns with 'The Colour Palace' and announces its summer line-up of events
12 June - 22 September 2019
Dulwich Picture Gallery’s second Pavilion will open on 12 June, during the London Festival of Architecture.
Created by Peckham-based architects, Pricegore, and designer, Yinka Ilori, ‘The Colour Palace is a lively fusion of European and West African cultural traditions. The Pavilion, with its dazzling colour and innovative design, will be juxtaposed against Sir John Soane’s architectural masterpiece, providing a visual spectacle for visitors of all ages. The 10-metre high structure, complete with internal viewing platform, will host a full programme of events and activities, including performances, workshops, supper clubs, podcast recordings and yoga throughout the summer.
Monthly themed Gallery Lates will include free after-hours access to the upcoming exhibition, Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking, as well as pop-up talks and interactive creative activities. Visitors can also enjoy food and drink, and regular Friday artmaking evenings. The Pavilion’s spectacular space and vibrant exterior makes it the ideal summer destination for families. Events include Colourfest – a festival with storytelling, printmaking and building, three-day Art Camps for various ages and regular creative arts drop in workshops throughout the school holidays.
Pricegore and Yinka Ilori’s Colour Palace is intended as a celebration of colour, pattern and light, its design speaking to a multicultural London. Dutch wax prints on display in Nigeria’s Lagos markets, and mirrored in London’s ‘Little Lagos’ in nearby Peckham, inspired the bold geometric pattern of the Pavilion, which will create a powerful contrast alongside the Grade II* listed gallery building, designed by Sir John Soane. Each side of the timber louvres forming the façade is painted a different colour, which in turn creates shifting layers of pattern when viewed from different perspectives around the Pavilion.
Pricegore are a young architecture practice led by Dingle Price and Alex Gore. Yinka Ilori is a London-based designer of Nigerian heritage, who specialises in creating furniture and other pieces that blend Nigerian traditions with contemporary design. The winning design overcame fierce competition from a field of 150 entries in an open call which was judged by a panel of leading architectural and cultural figures including writer and broadcaster, Tom Dyckhoff. Members of the public were also given the opportunity to have their say on the shortlisted designs.
The Dulwich Pavilion has been developed in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture with support from the Arts Council England and Gosnells.