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Our Organisational Culture

Who We Are

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. We care for and display our outstanding collection of Old Master paintings within Sir John Soane’s pioneering architecture. As an independent gallery, we remain true to our founders’ purpose of presenting art ‘for the inspection of the publick’ by engaging as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, through our innovative interpretation and dynamic programme.

Our Mission

To maximise Dulwich Picture Gallery’s unique potential - its building, art, grounds, people and location - for future generations.

Our Vision

To be an inspirational cultural destination for everybody - unlocking fresh perspectives through the art of the past and present.

Our Vision in Action

At Dulwich Picture Gallery:
Find Yourself surprised by ‘oh-wow!’ visual encounters
Find Yourself at home in a space where you feel welcome
Find Yourself connected with paintings and people
Find Yourself transported by history and imagination
Find Yourself nourished by creativity and contemplation
Find Yourself in Art.

Our Values

We are:
We care for our collection, our audiences, our communities and each other

Risk Taking

We are ambitious and agile, valuing creativity and considered experimentation


We are open and communicative, creating and sharing opportunities through partnerships and projects.

Salary bands:

Transparency and fairness are vital to the Gallery’s culture. All jobs are advertised with the indicative salary band in-line with the relevant competencies as follows:

Band A: London Living Wage.

Care, collaboration, diligence, flexibility.

Band B: LLW-£28k.

Administration, coordination, supporting others, contributing ideas, managing own workload.

Band C: £28-32k.

Responsibility and ownership of activity, monitoring projects, programmes and resources.

Band D: £33-42k.

Managing others and/or gallery-wide projects, problem-solving, extensive specialist knowledge and experience.

Band E: £43-60k.

Senior Leadership Team. Budgetary responsibility, strategic decision-making, leading and developing others.

Band F: £60K+.

Directorate. Overall leadership responsibility for the Gallery’s vision, direction and sustainability.

Trustees: Voluntary.

Ensure the future sustainability of the gallery and delivery of its charitable objectives.