Ever wondered what it would be like to combine the art world with a racing legend? Well here is your answer. This month Sir Stirling Moss has launched Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Artmobile project, which will transport its multi award-winning education and outreach programme to more sites than ever before.
Participants from the Gallery’s outreach programmes tore off the paper wrapping to reveal the Artmobile and its unique design. Stirling Moss then took the Artmobile for its first official drive around the Gallery before its inaugural outreach journey.
Stirling Moss said “I’ve driven over 100 different makes of racing car in my career but this is the first time I’ve taken to the wheel of a Loadhopper! I’m thrilled to take the Artmobile for its first official spin. The Gallery already runs a hugely important outreach programme but the Artmobile will take this further – how great that such a fun and compact vehicle will transport the creativity you get in the Gallery studio to those who need it most.”
Royal Academician Humphrey Ocean, the artist who designed the vehicle’s striking exterior, made the final touches by painting on his signature.
An artist and teacher later travelled to a community centre for older people on the Ethnic Communities Programme in Anerley and then to The Well Centre, a youth health centre for young people aged 13 to 19, in Streatham. The Artmobile was packed with exciting art materials for creative workshops at both sites.
The new Artmobile enables the Gallery’s successful programme of education and outreach to be extended to an ever growing number of community venues, schools and events. It will transport a Gallery artist, coordinator and top quality art materials to engage people from a variety of backgrounds in creative workshops.
Dulwich Picture Gallery currently works with over 100 community centres, care homes and hospitals through its pioneering ‘Good Times: Art for Older People’ programme, with a year round free programme of creative activities. Meanwhile, the Gallery’s vibrant Youth Engagement programme ‘The Creatives’ attracts hundreds of harder-to-reach young people every year. The Gallery also runs a wide-ranging public programme of art and craft workshops, family events and lectures.
With this exciting new way of sharing its resources and with the support of a sporting star, Dulwich Picture Gallery has confirmed that art education is still of a firm importance and has ensured that is it reaching all corners of the city. Let’s hope that there will soon be an army of Artmobiles zooming up and down the country!
The Artmobile Project has been generously supported by Béatrice & James Lupton, CBE.