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Join us for a Valentine’s event with a difference as we take a closer look at romance and love at the Gallery; enjoy a cocktail, get creative in a workshop and go home with your very own portrait!

Food & Drink | 6-10

Feed your stomach as well as your heart! Cocktail geniuses Gimlet Bar will be on hand with a selection of drinks inspired by the Gallery and our current exhibition, or if you prefer something a little more intimate, settle into the Gallery Café for a bite to eat.

Live Portraits | 6-10

Taking inspiration from the many portraits that hang in the gallery, you (and your other half, if you’d like to channel Gainsborough) are invited to sit for one of our three guest artists and have your own portrait drawn before your eyes. Ella Masters is an award-winning artist and blogger, whose work has been commissioned by the likes of Tatty Devine and Anthropologie. Joseph Steele is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in London. Rachel Cheung is a Performance and Contemporary Artist based in London.

Come up and see my Etchings | 6-10

Tales of love and hate from can be seen throughout the gallery, hidden in clever symbols waiting to be noticed. In this printmaking workshop join artist Nikki Gardham to create your own Valentine’s etching using symbols to convey a secret message that will be revealed only at the end of the process. Why not present your etching to the person you love… or the one who broke your heart.

Sketchmating with Dulcimer Draws | 6-10

Samson and Delilah may be among the most famous lovers to reside on our walls - but this is your chance to create and immortalise an iconic new couple in art! At this drop-in workshop led by Dulcimer Draws, you’ll get to sketch, colour and/or collage a dating profile picture for an imaginary singleton or ‘lonely art’, before trading with someone else and creating a suitable sketchmate for theirs.  This is your chance to let your imagination – and your matchmaking skills – run wild!

Scandal and Seduction - Valentine’s Storytelling with Giles Abbott | 7:45-8 / 8:15-8:30 / 8:45-9

The Linley sisters, famous singers and beauties, stand for their portrait by Thomas Gainsborough. As he paints, they talk. They swap love stories from Persia, England, Italy and beyond - stories as romantic and scandalous as their own lives. Hear for yourself as internationally acclaimed storyteller Giles Abbott recounts beautiful and passionate love stories. 

Spotlight Talks | 6:15-6:30: Constable/ 6:35-6:50: Poussin / 6:55-7:10 Constable / 7:15-7:30: Poussin

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s curatorial team will be exploring the theme of love in its various guises, with a closer look at two works from our collection. A talk on Poussin’s Rinaldo and Armida (c.1628-30) will show love at its most passionate and irrational, whilst a discussion of Constable’s Landscape with Windmills near Haarlem, after Jacob van Ruisdael (1830) will reveal the power of painterly love.

*Concession includes: Disabled / Unemployed / Student ticket types