House of Dreams East Dulwich

The home of outsider art

Outsider Art is the phrase coined for describing art that comes from an untrained or naive source, such as children or as the result of fantasy. The work is often elaborate and beyond convention.

The House of Dreams is the lifelong ‘Outsider Art’ project of Steven Wright, a former textile designer and art director, who became disillusioned with the world of art. Inspired by the outsider movement in France, he began to cover every single surface of his home with found objects, from old teeth to dolls, and wigs, for example.

The result is a stunning installation and monument to Steven and his narrative, punctuated with hand-written boards that reveal important moments from his life, and add context to his creation. An exceptionally inviting and engaging man, he welcomes strangers into his home to share in his work and discuss the different elements, many of which came from Paris, and other parts of the world.

The House of Dreams is bequeathed to the National Trust, and so will eventually go from a living, evolving installation, to a museum.

There’s no apt way of truly describing exactly how incredible the House of Dreams is. You really have to see it to believe it.

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The House of Dreams

45 Melbourne Grove
East Dulwich
London
SE22 8RG