Soulscapes

As part of our work on decolonising the public realm and raising climate awareness, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to work collaboratively with Dulwich Picture Gallery and Impact on Urban Health to deliver an evening of programming to celebrate the Soulscapes exhibition. The late opening programming sought to highlight the issues raised by the exhibition, reframe the galleries public spaces and permanent collection, and provide an opportunity to connect communally with nature & the environment.

Our programming began with a roundtable discussion in April (The Air We Share), grounded in unearthing and examining the health inequalities of Lambeth and Southwark with a focus on intersectional issues related to our shared environment. The roundtable, held at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, brought together community workers, institutional figures and local people for an expansive and challenging discussion around our rights and access to local landscapes that support life and healing. 

In response to the exhibition’s themes we set out to explore our relationship with the natural world above and below the visible landscape, focusing on that which is often invisible, from the harm in the air we breathe, to the healing potential of our connection to the natural world.

Our Gallery Late programme on the 31st of May, brought together glimpses of work from artists and practitioners invited to think alongside an exhibition that not only textured our understanding of landscape art, but called us to reckon with the intricacies of our relationship with land itself:

With a series of hauntings by Origins Untold (Josie and Ray Carter), a sounding from Love Ssega supported by Thor McIntyre-Burnie (ASWARM), a call to feeling through movement with Valerie Ebuwa and tyroneisaacstewart, a haptic encounter with the South London Botanical Institute in collaboration with Earth Tenders and a sonic offering from Dean Bryce (Don’t Sleep). Lastly, Anthony Bailey’s drumming (Happy Drums) was the pulse that held it all together.

The event had over 500 visitors, a record attendance to a Dulwich Picture Gallery Late.

We would like to thank Nathan Graham and the rest of the Dulwich Picture Gallery team for their collaborative spirit, Lisa Anderson for dreaming up the brilliant exhibition, and all of the artists for their immense creative generosity! We would also like to thank everyone who joined us on the night.

Partners & Collaborators

Dulwich Picture Gallery

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”. Today the Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Baroque masterpieces while staging a wide-ranging programme of public events, practical art and community engagement.

Impact on Urban Health

Impact on Urban Health focuses on improving health in inner-city areas. The places that we grow up, live and work impact how healthy we are. And where we work in London, like many other cities, is home to the best and worst health – often side by side. Through their work, they challenge health inequalities and help urban areas become healthier places for everyone to live. Formerly Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.