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Dulwich joins London Festival of Architecture


Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a special Architecture Late event as part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) 2014. “Spotlight on Soane” takes place on Friday 20 June from 7 – 9 pm and gives guests a unique opportunity to discover the rich history of the Dulwich Picture Gallery building with architecture specialist Gabor Gyory.

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. Designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane, its fascinating architectural history provides the ideal base to learn more about Soane’s methods and ideas. Dulwich’s late event ties into the LFA’s theme of ‘capital’ and explores how Soane was one of London’s most influential architects helping to shape the face of our modern city.
A tour will give guests an introduction to the history of the building, with key facts about the Gallery, and will explain why Soane made some of his decisions regarding the design. Guests will see the Gallery as part of Soane’s oeuvre, and learn about the key characteristics against his other designs and the motifs which recur. This provides the foundation for a practical workshop which follows.
An interactive workshop, made up of three exercises will give guests the opportunity to sketch on glass panels, exploring how their own marks can add to the existing architecture of the Gallery. The proportions of the Gallery seen through a glass panel will become bare images and a surface for participants to explore.
Architecture specialist Gabor Gyory said:
“Painting on glass frees up the trepidation of their being a right or a wrong as the exercise isn’t to produce a copy of the gallery building but to create through making additions, through interacting with the structure”
Architecture Late: Spotlight on Soane is part of a new series of Summer time lates at Dulwich Picture Gallery. To find out more visit
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For further information, please contact Louisa Bee, Press Officer / 020 8299 8710

Booking/ further information:
Date: Friday 20 June
Time: 7-9pm
Tickets: £20
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For more information please contact Lettie McKie, Public Programmes Manager / 0208 299 8732
London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June.

Notes to Editors:

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, founded in 1811 and designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane. It houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the country, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from the Tudor period to the 19th century. The Gallery’s permanent collection is complemented by its diverse and critically acclaimed year round temporary exhibitions.

For over a quarter of a century Dulwich Picture Gallery’s award-winning learning and community engagement programmes have reached beyond the Gallery’s exhibition programme to bring art to the South London community through outreach initiatives including ‘Youth Engagement Programme’, ‘Good Times: Art for Older People’ and ‘Prescription for Art’.

London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA), now in its 10th year, celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. Taking place throughout June, the annual festival provokes questions about the contemporary and future life of the city, and promotes positive change to its public realm. The city-wide programme is delivered by leading cultural and academic institutions alongside associated projects by practices and individuals.