Henry Moore Exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

This major show, devoted to the work of Henry Moore is open until 12 September. The exhibition features at its core important works from two major collections - the entire Moore holdings from the Robert and Liza Sainsbury Centre at Norwich and a rich complementary selection of works from the remarkable collections of the Henry Moore Foundation.

The exhibition will inhabit all the available spaces at Dulwich, starting outdoors where some of his most monumental bronzes will transform the garden; but also inside, amongst the old masters of the famous John Soane enfilade as well as in the dedicated exhibition rooms. The selection includes works on paper in various media and important examples of sculptural work in a wide range of materials, from massive outdoor bronzes to tiny ironstone pebble carvings. It will focus particularly on Moore's pre-1960's work (including some of his earliest recorded work), and will explore issues of private patronage and the creative process in this extraordinary prolific phase of his long career.

Open Tuesday-Friday 10-5, weekends and Bank Holiday Monday 11 - 5

South London Gallery reopens

The Gallery reopens on15 June following a building programme which includes improving physical access, providing an education space and refurbishing the main exhibition space.

The South London Gallery in Peckham Road, was formerly the South London Art Gallery founded by a Camberwell resident, William Rossiter in 1868. It was unusual in that its founder insisted opening the gallery on Sundays to provide inspiration for the artisan who then usually worked six days a week. Later Rossiter enlisted the help of well-known figures in the art world including Lord Leighton and G.F.Watts to provide a purpose built gallery. The outcome was that the new gallery, which opened in 1891, was seven years later connected with the South London Working Men's College, a technical institute which later became the Camberwell School of Art. This new institution provided South London with the kind of facilities previously enjoyed only north of the river. It was built by the London County Council and partly funded by Passmore Edwardes, the Cornish philanthropist. This connection still exists and the Principal of the Camberwell School of Art has a seat on the governing body of the Gallery. The gallery has an important permanent collection of works by Victorian artists such as Ruskin, Millais, Opie and Prinsep.

Reopening Exhibition - Tom Friedman 15 June - 1 August 2004

Tom Friedman (1965-) was born in St Louis, Missouri, and currently lives in Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Friedman's work is rarely titled and he employs a labour-intensive technique related to process art and creates humorous and elemental works out of materials that don't usually get human attention. In one piece thousands of words written on paper become an abstract design, in another, a piece of sytrofoam is reduced to dust and then sculpted into an improbably thin, gravity-defying tower.

(exhibition open Tuesday-Sunday 12noon-6pm, late night Thursday 12-8.30pm. Closed Mondays. Admission Free)

Shaun McQueen, Turner Prize-winner and Video artist. Exhibition 9 September-7 November

Chamber Music Festival for Dulwich

The Gaudier Ensemble is coming to Dulwich! This group of fine international musicians - strings, woodwind and piano- are presenting a Festival of Chamber Music at St Barnabas Church from 29 September - 2 October.

The Gaudier Ensemble has performed a similar Festival at Cerne Abbbas, Dorset for the past ten years - always a music feast and always sold out. They have a wide repertoire from baroque to the present day. Each of the eleven members is a soloist or orchestral principal with a major orchestra including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia. The group is established internationally and they have made a number of highly praised recordings with Hyperion. In April they performed at the Wigmore Hall at a BBC Concert, later broadcasted on Radio 3.

One of the joys is that their rehearsals are, whenever possible, open to the public (free) and you will be able to creep into the advertised rehearsal venues for a foretaste. The programme will include Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet, the Quintet for String Quintet and Double Bass by Dvorak and the Schubert Octet for Strings and Winds. There will also be a children's concert too - a popular event in their festivals.

Tickets will be on sale from June from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village or you can obtain full details and a booking form from the Festival Office, 1 Court Lane Gardens SE 21 7DZ (tel/fax: 020 8693 3973

Unusual Commission for East Dulwich Artist

Artist Heather Burrell who lives in Gowlett Road designed and made the striking gates for the Centre for Wildife Gardening in Marsden Road, East Dulwich four years ago after suggesting to the Bellenden Area Renewal Scheme that a more welcoming entrance would attract more visitors to the Centre, to which she took her young daughter. They agreed and commissioned her design. It has been successful in raising awareness to the Centre and she has now been commissioned by the Scheme to design front gates for neighbouring houses in Marsden Road that border the Centre.

(Heather Burrell undertakes private commissions, enquiries 020 8516 4273

Dulwich Picture Gallery Summer Courses

The Education Department of the Picture Gallery is offering a wide variety of courses to the general public this summer. On Wednesdays from 9 June-7 July 3.15-6pm Liz Butler of the Royal watercolour Society will present Watercolour for the Worried- A course designed for beginners or those wishing to improve on basic skills. (Course £65)

The Education Department also offers a Sackler Study Day on Saturday 31July 10.30am-3.30pm Making Sense of Modern Art: 1900-World War ll lecturer Valerie Woodgate (£25, £20 cons including a sandwich lunch). World War ll - the Turner Prize will follow in September.

Two courses in sculpture are also being offered. Tuesday 27 July- Friday 30 July 10.30am-3.30pm Portrait Modelling in Clay. Tutor: Luke Jones (course £110, cons £90). Saturday Art School, Saturdays 12 June-17 July 2-4.30pm An Introduction to Sculpture. Tutors, Luke Jones and Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie. The course explores a variety of sculptural methods inspired by the Henry Moore Exhibition. (Course £75, cons £65)

Booking for all the above courses is essential. Please contact Liz Pink on 020 8299 8732. 

The Dulwich Players present 'Amadeus'

Set amidst the opulence and splendour of 18th century Vienna, Peter Shaffer's thrilling, and often wickedly funny play, Amadeus is returning to the stage at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College in June. Promising to be darker and sexier than ever before, this production pits blazing ambition against heavenly genius, in what becomes a battle of life and death.

Peter Shaffer's play of the life and tragedy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be presented by the Dulwich Players at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 3-5 June at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm... Tickets £6 from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village.

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