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Our latest display shines a new light on works from the Gallery's Collection and seeks to question the nature of migration from the 17th century to today. Journeys has been co-curated by a group of Community Curators, with personal experiences of migration hailing from all over the world.

The display will be shaped around the personal and diverse stories of the curators; aged between 29 and 69, whose combined heritage spans eight countries including Yemen, Sri Lanka, Italy, Pakistan and Ireland. It will examine the contemporary relevance of paintings by artists such as Poussin, Canaletto, Pynacker and van de Velde, revealing the importance of migration in enabling a dynamic, cultural exchange of ideas.

This ambitious project combines a new animation commission, a programme of free events and training opportunities. The display will coincide with Refugee Week (14-20 June 2021), a UK-wide programme of events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK.

Our enchanting new animation commission by Nicola Jane Francis brings to life stories shared in our Collection Conversations. These activities saw a variety of people from local community groups connecting with artworks from Dulwich Picture Gallery's collection. 

Listen to New Grounding, a piece produced by spoken word Artist Akila M Richards working in collaboration with the Community Curators, that responds to the theme of Journeys of Migration.

Are you interested in volunteering to support Journeys? Learn more about how you can take part here.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Image: Willem van de Velde the younger, A Brisk Breeze, c.1665 from Dulwich Picture Gallery's Collection