Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery in South London. It was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”.
The gallery, designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane using an innovative and influential method of illumination, was opened to the public in 1817. It is the oldest public art gallery in England and was made an independent charitable trust in 1994. The acquisition of artworks by its founders and bequests from its many patrons resulted in Dulwich Picture Gallery housing one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century.
Care Home residents at Sycamore and Millbeck House’s have begun exploring an 8 week programme of this significant collection of artworks through Imagine’s Armchair Gallery. The filming of 22 films, a virtual tour and a 360° film have now been completed to give residents a virtual experience of the gallery.
Thanks to the team at Dulwich for supporting the filming of the artworks, they include Ian Dejardin Sackler Director; Dr Xavier Bray Chief Curator; Helen Hillyard Assistant Curator; Roger Walshe Director of Public Engagement and Sarah Fairbairn Community Engagement Manager.