Dulwich Picture Gallery

£10,000 award made by the Allan Wates Family Committee

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first public art gallery, housing a major collection of Old Master paintings and aiming to change lives through innovative exhibitions, scholarship and pioneering education. Its Community Engagement Programmes, provided at no cost to participants throughout the year, allow all ages, ethnic and social backgrounds to gain a greater understanding and experience of art.

The Wates Foundation grant supports Make/Sense, a new strand to the Gallery’s on-going Good Times: Art for Older People programme which provides a social and educational hub for older people, a focal point that aims to inspire, motivate and educate in order to improve well-being and general health.

Make/Sense is specifically aimed at older people (+65) who enjoy the more in-depth and academic level of engaging with the exhibition artworks, but who, because of their physical and mental needs, require a more active approach than a traditional lecture. This project meets the social need of giving older people, often the most socially isolated and marginalised group in our society, confidence in themselves, wellbeing and the benefit of new and stimulating experiences.

Support from the Wates Foundation allows Dulwich Picture Gallery to continue to make lives better through engagement with art.

Website: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk