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Our Organisational Culture

Who We Are:

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. We care for and display our outstanding collection of Old Master paintings within Sir John Soane’s pioneering architecture. As an independent gallery, we remain true our founders’ purpose of presenting art ‘for the inspection of the publick’ while engaging as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, through our creative programme.

Our Mission:

We are engaged in a continuous process of planning, delivery, evaluation and development in order to unlock the Gallery’s unique potential: our location, art and people. 

Our Vision:

Our mission is underpinned by our vision to secure the Gallery’s future as a welcoming, vibrant hub where you - everybody - can Find Yourself in Art

Our Vision in Action:

In the intimate setting of the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery

Find Yourself surprised by ‘oh-wow’ visual encounters

Find Yourself at home in a space where you feel welcome

Find Yourself transported by history and imagination

Find Yourself nourished by creativity and contemplation

Find Yourself connected with paintings and people

Find Yourself in Art

Our Values:

We are a hard-working, high-achieving team that values inter-departmental working and openness. We live out our values in our daily work and decision-making so that they are central to our identity. We are:


We care for our collection, our audiences, our communities and each other

Risk Taking

We are ambitious and agile, valuing creativity and considered experimentation


We are open and communicative, creating and sharing opportunities through partnerships and projects

Salary bands:

Transparency and fairness are vital to the Gallery’s culture. All jobs are advertised with the indicative salary band in-line with the relevant competencies as follows:

Band A:

London Living Wage.

Care, collaboration, diligence, flexibility

Band B: LLW-£26k.

Administration, coordination, supporting others, contributing ideas, managing own workload

Band C: £25-30k.

Responsibility and ownership of activity, monitoring projects, programmes and resources

Band D: £28-41k.

Managing others and/or gallery-wide projects, problem-solving, extensive specialist knowledge and experience

Band E: £41-55k.

Senior Leadership Team. Budgetary responsibility, strategic decision-making, leading and developing others

Band F: £55K+.

Directorate. Overall leadership responsibility for the Gallery’s vision, direction and sustainability

Trustees: Voluntary.

Ensure the future sustainability of the gallery and delivery of its charitable objectives