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Women's Lives Made Art

Pre-registration for this event has now closed and there will be limited spaces available on the door. Pavilion Lates are taking places throughout June and July so book your space now for a future date.

To mark the closing weekend of Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith, grab a drink and explore the many ways that women’s art has reflected, revealed and politicised their private lives and experiences. As well as a whole night of talks, workshops and music, you'll have the chance to see our Vanessa Bell exhibition* and Patti Smith display after hours; entry to our Permanent Collection is free of charge for the evening and you’ll also have the chance to sample the delicious cocktails and sharing plates from our on-site Pavilion Bar run by Camberwell Arms.

*Standard exhibition charge applies to Vanessa Bell, see below


Workshop - Smartphone photography

All Evening | Gallery and grounds

Join fine art photographer Francesca Centioni to explore the intersection of art and autobiography. Hear Cesca’s top techniques for capturing the perfect shot and put your new skills into practice throughout the evening. Sign up for a timed session at the book stall in the Pavilion. Bring your smartphone with you, or if you don't have one just borrow one of ours.

Talk - A Woman’s Place: projects, politics and the New Hall Art Collection

6:45–7:05 | Dulwich Pavilion

Eliza Gluckman, Curator of New Hall Art Collection, discusses becoming a feminist curator, working with a permanent collection of contemporary art by women artists and A Woman’s Place project which questions how changing a society continues to affect and influence arts practice.

Music - SHE Choir

7:05–7:20 | Pavilion Terrace

London’s very own SHE Choir perform their original arrangements of pop, rock, r&b and more.

Talk - Women’s lives / women’s art

7:20–7:40 | Dulwich Pavilion

Art historian and writer Catherine McCormack discusses the ways in which women artists from Vanessa Bell's period were traditionally confined to the domestic realm, concentrating on themes of the domestic and motherhood. She will then explore how in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries women artists made these traditionally private themes more visible through their art, and in doing so brought issues in gender politics to public discussion, from childcare to housework.

Talk - Ways of Living: Vanessa Bell, motherhood and art

7:40–8:00 | Dulwich Pavilion

The Man Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy discusses how Vanessa Bell found a new way of living in order to be an artist and to have children; her 2016 novel Hot Milk and its conversation with Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse

Music - SHE Choir

8:00–8:15 | Pavilion Terrace

Talk - Woolf Works: reimagining Woolf for ballet

8:15–8:35 | Dulwich Pavilion

Dramaturg, writer and director Uzma Hameed discusses how both literary references and aspects of Woolf's biography were incorporated into the project, how the structures and preoccupations of Woolf’s work could be said to be "feminine" in nature and the processes by which they tried to stay true to this within the language of dance and the stage.


Enjoy classic cocktails and delicious sharing plates at our on-site Pavilion Bar run by Camberwell Arms. Find out more and check out the menu here.


On the final weekend of the exhibition, enjoy an after-hours look at Bloomsbury’s most under-celebrated artist, Vanessa Bell plus a special display bringing together photographs by Bell and the American artist, writer and musician, Patti Smith. Standard exhibition charge* applies to Vanessa Bell and advanced booking is highly recommended as time slots during the Late are likely to sell out. Buy your tickets here.

*£14 Adult; £13 Senior Citizens; £7 Concessions; FREE: Children, Friends


The Gallery owns one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world, and to celebrate 200 years of visitors, entry to the Permanent Collection is free throughout the evening!


An easy journey from central London in 15 minutes by train and a short walk. The Gallery sits in the heart of Dulwich Village between Brixton and Peckham. Plan your journey here. Please note that after 9pm, entrance and exit is via Gallery Road only.

Lates activities and entry to the Permanent Collection are free, but standard admission prices apply to Vanessa Bell (on 2 June). Tickets can be purchased in advance here. We highly recommend booking the exhibition in advance as spaces are strictly limited and may sell out for time slots during the Late.

Part of Pavilion Lates. Supported by Ingrid Beazley. View the full programme >>