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Stuart Semple’s Festival of Happiness

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This free and jampacked one day festival, devised by renowned British artist Stuart Semple, will encourage recovery, hope and joy through colourful and imaginative events, workshops and family trails.

The festival will premiere Semple's new work Something Else, a playful series of sculptural installations spread throughout the Gallery’s gardens. Visitors will be invited to follow a map designed by Semple which will guide them through this interactive artwork, which will sit alongside family-friendly workshops and a series of relaxed performances from the City of London Sinfonia.

The festival will also feature Semple’s famous ‘Happy Clouds,’ which will be shown in the UK for the first time in over a decade. Throughout the day visitors will also be able to access the Gallery and the current exhibition Reframed: The Woman in the Window for free. Book for a special talk taking place in the evening Stuart Semple separately.


Something Else
10.30am-12.30pm, 12.30-2.30pm and 2.30-4.30pm
Stuart Semple presents a series of interactive installations throughout the Gallery gardens.

Rainbow Poetry
10.30am, 12:30pm and 3.30pm
Enjoy a creative writing workshop exploring stories about our natural surroundings, places we love and colours that inspire joy.

Happy Pins
Join this drop-in workshop where you can make fun badges to take home.

Echoes present a unique sound tour, created especially for the Gallery's collection.

Happy Clouds
11.30am, 13.30pm and 15.30pm
Semple’s Happy Clouds will be released into the sky for the first time in a decade.

City of London Sinfonia Comfortable Classical Concert
12am-12.30pm, 1.30-2pm and 3-3.30pm
This interactive and relaxed concert will take place in the Gallery’s gardens and will be themed around birdsong.

Talk with Stuart Semple
Stuart Semple will host an informal talk in the Gallery’s café exploring his career, practice and inspiration. This must be booked separately.

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Throughout the day exclusive prints by Semple will be available from the Gallery Shop, and from 12-4.30pm, pizzas will be available from Anticoli’s wood-fired pizza van.

Festival of Happiness will be held in memory of Ingrid Beazley, former Chairman of the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery from 2005 – 2008, and founder of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery, which brought art to the streets of south London.