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Architecture and Creative Play

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On a mission to widen access to culture and the arts, museums and galleries are rewriting the rules to captivate new audiences and engage young children with their collections and buildings. Join us for a conversation exploring the role of architecture and creative play to reframe cultural collections and inspire the next generation of thinkers and makers.  

Within this context, Dulwich Picture Gallery is collaborating with Carmody Groarke architects and play specialists Sarah Marsh & Stephanie Jeffries on a new children’s play space within the gallery gardens. The pavilion will provide a dedicated art-based family learning space for creative expression and interactive play. As our understanding of visitor needs evolves, we are discovering the potential of early years engagement to lay the foundations for a lifelong relationship with cultural institutions.

Panellists include Jane Findlay, Head of Programming and Engagement, Chiara Barrett, Senior Architect Carmody Groarke; Sarah Marsh and Stephanie Jefferies, Play Designers.  

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The children’s play space is a key part of Open Art, the transformative project that will see a happy, healthy and sustainable future for the Gallery. Join our supporters by making a donation before reserving your free tickets for this event. 

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Find out about our Summer of Play! 
For seven weeks (July –September) we will install a temporary pavilion, Wiggle Wonderland hosting events for families, schools and community groups. The Summer of Play will help us develop and test new family programme ideas and resources to best meet the needs of our community. Check out all the family events on offer here

"Dulwich Picture Gallery is a firm favourite with the families of south London" Londonist