Dulwich Festival Artists Open House

Exhibition open until 31st May.

Pleasure and Beauty: six contemporary artists at the Carnegie Library Gallery. An exhibition of paintings, book works, prints and sculpture. Alison Bickmore, Sumi Perera, Julia Langley, Jane Langley, Jason Shuttleworth and Shane Greeves.

Private View 6pm - 9pm Friday 15th May (Italian Buffet from Home Cooking SE24).

Artist's talk Saturday 16th May 11:30am - 12:30 pm.

Tea with Shakespeare, Saturday 25th April


The Friends of Carnegie Library invite you to come to TEA WITH SHAKESPEARE. A celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday in Words & Songs Performed by The Friends’ Musick in period costume. Directed by Marilyn Harper. Refreshments provided and all voluntary contributions gratefully accepted. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Lambeth at 3.30pm. Tea (Elizabethan style) will be served from 3pm.


Thank you to the 80 members who attended the Friends’ AGM on 18 March. Sorry the Gallery was so crowded; the number was even more than we had hoped for. With only a couple of dissenting voices, the meeting was overwhelmingly in agreement that we must keep our public library professionally staffed and continue all the activities which make it the successful hub of our community.

The following were elected to serve for the coming year:

Chair: Jeffrey Doorn
Vice Chair: Stephen Carlill
Secretary: Nicholas Edwards
Treasurer: Bob Goodrick

Committee members: Elizabeth Ochagavia, Jackie Plumridge,
Helen O’Rourke, Gulnar Hasnain,
Laura Swaffield, Olga Stelmakh,
Gordon Harkess, Dalvir Kaur.

I am grateful to Bob, Nick, Liz and Jackie for continuing to serve. It is a pleasure to have Stephen and Helen back; and we warmly welcome Gulnar, Laura, Olga, Gordon and Dalvir. Their wide interests, knowledge and skills will be invaluable.

As agreed by the meeting, we will press ahead with the arrangements for a consultative body for all library users, working in cooperation with our library staff.

The committee has met informally to sketch out the way forward, the first priority being our submission to Lambeth’s Culture 2020 consultation.

Report from 2015 AGM

Thanks to everyone that came to our AGM on the 18th March, there were over 70 people there, the largest AGM we have had. By a large majority, attendees approved the nominated committee and our plans for opposing Lambeth Council's library closures and cuts, and our plans for a community-led management of the library in case Lambeth goes ahead with cuts to the Carnegie.

Apart from completing the Lambeth consultation to oppose the closures, you can also help our campaign by emailing Lambeth at [email protected] to tell them why you oppose their proposals, and sign the libraries petition at: libraries petition

It may also be useful to email the Herne Hill councillors:
Herne Hill councillors
and the prospective parliamentary candidates for Dulwich and West Norwood, to ask them to oppose the cuts:
Helen Hayes, Labour Party,
Rashid Nix, Green Party,
Resham Kotecha, Conservative Party. There will be an election hustings organised by the Herne Hill Forum on Thursday 16th April.

The FoCL committee have put together some guidelines for responding to the consultation: CULTURE 2020 CONSULTATION Guidelines.

Please watch this site for further news and updates on the campaign.