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Project information

Re-evaluating Modern British Art

Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibits famous, neglected artists, like Winifred Knights, and invites audiences to give them a second chance. Within the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, we will use our exhibition space to make new explorations of the silent heroes of Modern British art.

June 2016 - June 2017

Charity information: Dulwich Picture Gallery

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  • Need


    Many lesser-known Modern British artists have been overlooked and side-lined in favour of big names. Often these artists are female or have belonged to a celebrated set of painters and sat out of the limelight. As a result significant areas of modern art history and knowledge are in danger of being lost, masterpieces are not being seen and incredible talents are being forgotten.


    We will tell the unique stories of these overlooked artists in the intimate setting of John Soane’s beautiful building. The curators we work with are experts in their field. They have often spent their careers researching an artist’s life and are now ready to reveal this new research to the public. Our Modern British exhibitions shine a light on artists previously overshadowed by their contemporaries, re-instating them where they belong and bringing extraordinary pictures to the public.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To shed light on artists who have not been given the recognition they deserve


    » A series of exhibitions of Modern British artists who have been overlooked

    What success will look like

    Exciting new knowledge will be disseminated to the wider public; visitors will gain a greater insight into the works and lives of highly significant yet often lesser known artists

    Aim 2

    To provide access to great art and encourage participation for people of all ages and backgrounds


    » Continue to use our exhibitions as inspiration for our Education and outreach programmes
    » Increase access and the numbers benefitting from art through events like tours, lates and seminars

    What success will look like

    A wider demographic of participants will take part in our outreach activities

    Aim 3

    Supporters will enjoy a closer association with the exhibition programme


    » We will arrange enviable out of hours access to the Gallery
    » Supporters will receive invitations to exclusive events

    What success will look like

    We will have developed a loyal fan-base that will continue to support and advocate our important work in the future

    Aim 4

    To produce a vibrant exhibition programme of both national and international significance


    » Disseminate curatorial knowledge and research to a wide audience through exhibition interpretation
    » Promote British and international cultural heritage through targeted marketing

    What success will look like

    Success will be welcoming increased visitors figures to both the gallery and the exhibitions

  • Impact


    We hope to increase visitor numbers with these appealing exhibitions, demonstrated by the popular Ravilious exhibition. We will share little known artists with new audiences, build these audiences through innovative activities, courses, lates, and scholarly seminars, encouraging and measuring repeat visits. Our Education programmes, which reach 40,000 people a year, will use the shows as inspiration for new learning, gaging the impact of our Schools programme as children are introduced to art.


    Dulwich Picture Gallery raises 65% of its income from its fundraising activities and is therefore vulnerable to outside factors such as the economic climate. We manage this risk by placing fundraising at the heart of our organisation and employing a dynamic development team. We also look to maintain and grow our visitor numbers and do this through a compelling education and outreach programme, targeted print and online marketing.


    Our Big Give supporters will receive personal thank you letters explaining how their gift makes a difference. They will receive invitations to special events, such as exhibition private views and share in regular progress updates from the curatorial team.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £473,910

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      Amount Heading Description
      £61,340 Curatorial & Conservation Scholarly research required to form the exhibition, any maintenance to the artworks
      £63,600 Catalogue Publications to accompany the exhibitions
      £189,680 Insurance and Transport Safe delivery and care of the artworks
      £49,690 Installation & Interpretation Installation of the artworks, signage and description
      £49,600 Exhibition Staffing Security for the exhibitions for the duration they are on display
      £60,000 Publicity, Education& Outreach Marketing of the exhibitions and education programme activities such as school workshops

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Admissions £310,980 Conditional
    Catalogue sales £49,700 Conditional
    Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Pending trust applications £12,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”. We unite our past with our present through a unique programme of vibrant exhibitions, approaching art and artists from new and different angles. Our shows introduce new artists to the UK; rediscover artists once famous, now neglected; or present new perspectives on household names.


    The Gallery welcomes 150,000 visitors a year - local, national and international people of all ages and backgrounds. We provide free access to our exhibitions to anyone under the age of 18, complimentary workshops for school groups and aim to work with 10,000 school children during each exhibition. We are appointing a Director of Public Engagement to support our mission in creating imaginative outreach and sharing arts with disadvantaged communities and groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our exhibitions team is highly experienced and incredibly dedicated to bringing world class exhibitions and rarely seen artworks to Dulwich Picture Gallery. They work tirelessly and creatively to ensure every visitor is taken on a journey allowing the Gallery to teach and encourage discussion in new ways. We have a fantastic track record of identifying different artists and different perspectives that grab the public’s attention both nationally and internationally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Dejardin, The Sackler Director

    Ian is the visionary behind our exhibitions programme and leads on curatorial direction.

    Clare Simpson, Head Of Exhibitions

    Clare orchestrates our entire exhibitions and displays programme. Clare makes Ian’s vision a reality.

    Roger Walshe, Director Of Public Engagement

    Will oversee all our public-facing activity, building on the pioneering work of our education and outreach team, to enhance our special exhibitions