[Aesop’s Fables] Gnat and Lion by Edward Bawden. Colour linocut on paper, Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford), © Estate of Edward Bawden

Exhibitions and Displays

Edward Bawden
The British artist and designer Edward Bawden (1903–89) is today renowned for his monumental linocuts of Brighton Pier and other Victorian architecture, and for his witty designs for companies like Twinings and Fortnum & Mason. This will be the first major exhibition to look at every aspect of Bawden’s career, championing him as a fine artist while also demonstrating the wit and versatility of his design work.
23 May – 9 September 2018

Rediscover: Tiepolo’s ‘Joseph Receiving Pharoah’s Ring’
Rediscover one of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s finest masterpieces: Joseph Receiving Pharaoh’s Ring by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770). Since 2016, this painting has been the focus of a major conservation project. With the help of X-rays, this display explores the changes the artist made during the course of its production.
20 Mar – 3 Jun 2018

LAST CHANCE: David Milne: Modern Painting
A major exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne (1882-1953). It showcases for the first time in the UK a wide selection of Milne’s oil paintings alongside watercolours, drawings and photographs, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision.
Until 7 May 2018

Gallery Lates

18 May, 6-10pm, £12, £10 Friends & Concessions
Explore the fascinating world of mythology, as we take a look at the gods, nymphs and magical scenes in the Gallery’s collection. Draw a beautiful living statue with Art Macabre, enjoy live dance performances, create a tiled tribute using the ancient technique of mosaic (with a twist) and listen to talks by art historian Catherine McCormack.
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Lectures & Talks

‘Into The Wild’ Lecture Series:

Wildlife Photography
3 May, 7.30pm, £12, £10 Friends
Join Michael Pitts, Emmy award-winning cameraman behind David Attenborough’s Private Life of Plants and Blue Planet to discover how landscapes are captured in both film and on canvas.

Contextual Lecture Series:

Turning Dreams into Reality
1 May, 10.30 – 11.45am, £12, £10 Friends
From mobile phones to spacecrafts, many of our modern needs rely on engineers, but with driverless cars, holograms, pollution and climate change, this profession is also facing many challenges.

Terrorism: Always With Us?
22 May, 10.30 – 11.45am, £12, £10 Friends
The intensity and nature of terrorism has radically altered in recent history. This lecture considers how far these changes are likely to continue and where they may lead.

Stephen Bailey on Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things
30 May, 7.30 – 8.30pm, £10 / £8 Concessions & Friends. Combo Ticket: £30 including book (RRP £29.95)
Join Stephen Bayley, author, critic, broadcaster, and founding director of the influential Design Museum in London as he illuminates the nuances and niceties of our mercurial understanding of taste and examines how it has developed in relation to architecture, design, food and fashion.

Edward Bawden: Curator’s Lecture
24 May, 12.30pm, £12, £10 Friends & Concessions
Join the exhibition curator James Russell, author of The Lost Watercolours of Edward Bawden (Mainstone Press), a study of Bawden’s 1930s paintings, and titles devoted to Eric Ravilious and other artists of the period, to explore Bawden’s life and work.

Adult Courses & Workshops

Work in the Wild
13 – 27 May, 10am – 1pm, £30 per session, £85 for all three sessions
During these workshops, create work inspired by our own local pond in Dulwich Park, and use reference photographs to create a series of paintings reminiscent of David Milne’s unique style.
With artist Liz Charsley-Jory

Early Years

Mini Masterpieces
2 & 17 May, 10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm, £12 per adult & child
Experience the delights of our Collection with your child aged 6-24 months and then create your very own masterpiece in a practical, hands-on session. This month’s theme takes inspiration from the natural world, including insects, animals and landscapes.

Family Events

May Half-Term Events:

Picture Puzzle (6-9yrs)
29 & 30 May, 10am–12.30pm, £35 for the two days
Over two days, make your own puzzle in the style of Bawden. Create your own kooky characters, and craft an elaborate scene.

Making Murals (10-12yrs)
31 May & 1 June, 10am–12.30pm, £35 for the two days
Learn how to cast and paint plaster moulds with designs of your own – perfect to take home and hang on your wall.

Drop-in Workshops
29 May – 1 June, 2–4pm, £8 adults; £7 senior citizens; children free
Join us for a week of total fantasy. Every afternoon we will be running drop-in workshops exploring the fantastical world of Edward Bawden. We will be making storybook illustrations, scenic models and crazy creatures.

Puppet Show
12 May, 10.30am & 1.30pm, £5 per person; under one year free
Drew Colby will be telling you stories from Winnie the Pooh, with music, wonderful puppetry and lots of magic. Come and have fun! The show will last for an hour with an interval.

Gallery Film

Each sociable evening includes a complimentary glass of wine, snacks and film notes. Bar opens at 7.00pm. Screenings at 7.30pm. Linbury Room. £9, £7 Friends

Roman Holiday
14 May

Gallery Music

Doric String Quartet
16 May, 7.30pm, £22 Adults, £20 Concessions and Friends, £10 under 18s
The Doric String Quartet was formed nearly 20 years ago, and is now recognised as the leading British string quartet of its generation with a world-wide reputation. Their programme includes Purcell, Debussy and Beethoven and will illustrate the wide range of their musical accomplishment. (Source: Dulwich picture gallery)


Save the dates, get some time booked off and celebrate arts and culture in Sydenham this summer – dates below.

27 June – 8 July 2018
Artists Trail
Weekends 30 June/1 July & 7/8 July

This year’s festival theme is Heroes & Heroines with a programme nod to both!

Promising another exciting lineup of talent with theatre, music, spoken word, comedy, film and two days of family fun in Mayow park.   We are making the final touches to the programme to announce in full very soon.

Despite Brexit and austerity, support from local people has been unwavering, to ensure everyone enjoys the experience of a Sydenham Arts event.
Attendance for our Summer 2017 programme surpassed our expectations.
Our fundraisers in the last quarter have been sellouts and we cannot thank you enough.

Stay warm for now and we’ll be in touch again soon.

With thanks to our main sponsors Lewisham council Join the conversation on Twitter @sydartsfest #sydarts2018 Follow us on Facebook


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