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    Good Times session

Dulwich Picture Gallery values and supports the contribution of older people in our society.  We work closely with our partners in our local boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham to ensure our programme addresses the needs of our surrounding older communities.

We offer three strands of short and long term programming for both groups and individuals, with a focus on providing activities for older adults who may be socially isolated, who have lived experience of dementia and, or are experiencing mental health issues.

All activities take place at the Gallery or in community settings.

Good Times: Aging Well

The Good Times: Ageing Well programme is designed to combat social isolation by providing a positive environment which promotes wellbeing, resilience and connectedness.

Ageing Well runs across the year and offers a wide variety of free activities for groups including, creative workshops, interactive and sensory guided sessions, tours of the gallery and movement and mindfulness sessions. All sessions can be delivered at the Gallery or in a local community setting.

Creative Arts Café

Our bi-monthly Creative Arts Café is for individuals in the community who are at risk of social isolation. Participants take part in a wide variety of creative artist-led workshops with regular visits to the Gallery and our exhibition programme, supported by the community team and our community volunteers. We work closely with our community partner organisations to ensure that we build our audience so that even more local people can benefit from the creative arts.

Create and Connect: Dementia Friendly Programmes

Create and Connect supports older adults living with dementia and their carers and is part of our commitment to creating a dementia-friendly Gallery. The programme provides a welcoming environment for people with dementia and their carers with specially designed stimulating creative activities.

Working in collaboration with local organisations including the Lambeth and Southwark Alzheimer’s Society, we deliver a wide variety of regular dementia-friendly workshops including Creative Outreach Workshops at Dementia Cafes and Support Groups, and monthly Dementia Friendly creative drop in sessions at the Healthy Living Centre (Yalding Centre).  The Create and Connect programme also includes two ongoing community projects, Connections which works with older people with early stage dementia and their primary carers, and pARTners a collective group and older adults with dementia, dementia carers and volunteers and community stakeholders who work with the gallery. You can find further information about these projects here.  

Dulwich Picture Gallery is a member of the Southwark Dementia Action Alliance


Together through Art   

The Together through Art programme supports older adults with lived experience of mental health and aims to reduce the stigma which surrounds mental health. We work collaboratively with our community and health networks including the South London and Maudesly (SLaM) Mental Health Trust to signpost those individuals most at risk of isolation to creative programmes at the Gallery. 

Programmes provide an opportunity for older people to meet new people and try out a range of artistic activities in a social setting, providing access to a positive environment which supports an increase in social connections, enhanced sense of purpose and self-esteem with elevated life satisfaction, happiness and wellbeing. 

Our Together through Art workshops are co-designed and co-delivered by an artist and a peer facilitator who has lived experience of coping with mental health following a co-production model. We currently work in partnership with the SLaM Recovery College to run training workshops which focus on creativity and wellbeing.  

For further details about our innovative and inclusive programmes please contact our Community Engagement Manager Kelly Robinson

Our Older People’s programmes are generously supported by The Baring Foundation, M&G Group, The Band Trust and The Peter Minet Trust’s Grant.


Armchair Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is a partner organisation with Armchair Gallery, an app that allows those who would struggle to get to museums and art galleries an opportunity to explore collections, take part in activities and use creativity to support their wellbeing.

We are one of the venues featured on the app, and have helped to create and inform its content. Jennifer Scott, the Sackler Director, introduces the Gallery, while Assistant Curator Helen Hillyard introduces key pieces in our Collection.

This collaboration enhances our older peoples programme and our programmes for older adults living with dementia, and includes interactive games and suggestions for follow-up activities, which could be run by activity workers in care residential settings or community groups.

Find out more about Armchair Gallery by clicking the link below:

Created by City Arts (Nottingham). Partners: Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House & Newstead Abbey. Made possible with support from Social Tech Trust & The Baring Foundation. With thanks to Arts Council England & Nottingham City Council.

If you would like to help us to continue delivering and developing our programmes please contact the Development Department on 020 8299 8726 or by emailing and we will be happy to assist.