Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ
England

Website

www.pallant.org.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

info@pallant.org.uk

Telephone

01243 774557

Fax

01243 536038

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Pallant House Gallery
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Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of a Grade 1 listed Queen Anne townhouse and an award-winning contemporary extension. It is based in the heart of Chichester and holds one of the best collections of Modern British art in the country.

There is an extensive temporary exhibition programme including international touring exhibitions and print room shows. Facilities include 19 gallery spaces, a library, a prints and drawings room, a studio workshop, a shop, a cafe and a courtyard garden.

'In its new incarnation, Pallant House Gallery has just become my favourite venue for Modern British art' Andrew Lambirth, The Spectator

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00
Thurs 10.00-20.00
Sun & Bank Holiday Monday 12.30-17.00

Closed: All Day Mondays
25,26 December, 1 January

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Students: £3.75
Family Ticket: £17
Children (5-15): £2.30
Cheap Tuesdays: Half Price
Group Bookings Available

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Pallant House Gallery holds one of the best collections of Modern British art in the country. It might be called a 'collection of collections' and provides an overview of British art in the 20th century through the individual tastes and concerns of the different collectors: Walter Hussey, Charles Kearley and Colin St John Wilson.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Featured artists include: Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, David Bomberg, Patrick Caulfield, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth, Ivon Hitchens, Fernand Leger, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Ceri Richards, Bridget Riley, Gino Severini, Walter Sickert and Graham Sutherland.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Emily Young: Four Heads

  • 1 July 2014 — 1 April 2015 *on now

A group of stone heads by Emily Young, widely acknowledged as Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor.

Human presences are wrought from ancient stone in careful balance with the physical qualities of the rock.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/courtyard-garden/emily-young-four-heads

Alice Kettle: Odyssey

  • 18 October 2014 — 1 May 2015 *on now

An installation of two stitched wall-hangings in the stairwell of the Queen Anne townhouse by Alice Kettle (b.1961), one of Britain’s leading textile artists. Whilst recalling the tradition of huge figurative tapestries in historic houses, these works use stitch in a contemporary manner as a gesture to create painterly effects with rich surface textures. The two works draw upon Homer’s enduring epic narrative poem The Odyssey, following the journey of Odysseus home to Ithaca after the Trojan Wars.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/installations/alice-kettle-odyssey

British Self-Portraits: Highlights from the Ruth Borchard Collection

  • 18 October 2014 — 31 May 2015 *on now

The writer Ruth Borchard (1910 - 2000) amassed one of the most significant collections of self-portraits by British artists. Setting herself a ceiling of 21 guineas for a picture irrespective of the artist's fame or reputation, she acquired 100 pictures including oil paintings, watercolours and pencil and ink drawings which provide a fascinating overview of British art during the twentieth century.

The core of the exhibition focuses on the portraits Borchard collected during the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, during which time she began to both seek out emerging artists at art school exhibitions, while also approaching more established artists. The exhibition traces the development of modern British art through Neo-Romanticism, the Euston Road School, the London Group and the Pop Art movement ranging from portraits made by artists practicing in the 1930s and 1940s including Michael Ayrton, Cecil Collins and Ithell Colquhoun, to those who found prominence in the post-war era such as Peter Coker, Jean Cooke, Roger Hilton, Peter Phillips, David Tindle and Ewan Uglow.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Admission is free to the ground floor including the Garden Gallery and De'Longhi Print Room.

Pallant House Gallery is a registered charity. By adding an optional donation to your ticket, you will help support the Gallery preserve the Collections for future generations and maintain its critically-acclaimed exhibitions and pioneering Learning and Community programmes.

Website

http://www.pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/british-self-portraits

Terry Frost: Eleven Poems by Federico García Lorca

  • 29 October 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

The Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca was one of the first victims of the Spanish Civil War who was murdered by pro-Franco militias during the early Nationalist uprisings in Granada in 1936.

To coincide with a season examining British artists' responses to the conflict, the exhibition in the De'Longhi print room presents the print portfolio 'Eleven Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca' by the celebrated British abstract artist Terry Frost. Created over five decades after Lorca's death, the portfolio was inspired by some of his most significant writings including Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias (1935) and poems taken from Book of Poems (1921) Songs (1921-24) and Gypsy Ballads (1924-1927). Frost's etchings are presented alongside the corresponding poems by Lorca, exploring their shared fascination with nature, death and the 'Duende', a concept in Spanish culture that refers to the heightened state of emotion required for artistic invention.

Website

http://www.pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/delonghi-print-room/terry-frost-eleven-poems-by-federico-garcaa-lorca

Remaking Picasso’s Guernica

  • 8 November 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

Pablo Picasso's iconic painting ‘Guernica' was created in 1937 in response to the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by the Nazi Condor Legion who were supporting General Franco's Nationalist rebels. The town represented the first near-total destruction of an undefended civilian target by aerial bombardment.

Picasso's painting demonstrated the terrible impact of the bombings, and has subsequently become one of the most famous paintings of the twentieth-century. It travelled to Britain in 1938-9 and is now housed at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. has become an anti-war statement that has repeatedly been referenced in subsequent conflicts of the modern age.

Since June 2013, a collective of artists and activists has worked to recreate Picasso's ‘Guernica' as a large-scale textile banner, deploying the power of art against fascism and war, whilst making comparisons between the mid-1930s and today. Stitching workshops have been held in a variety of venues in Britain and India over the last year. ‘Remaking Picasso's Guernica' is a collective project involving Amnesty International, Brighton Anti-Fascists, Gatwick Detainee Visitors Group, Migrant English Project, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, University of Brighton and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/remaking-picassoas-guernica

poster by frank brangwyn

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

  • 8 November 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

The Spanish Civil War (1936–39) was one of the most significant European conflicts of the twentieth century. Stretching far beyond an internal political clash between the Republicans and General Franco's Nationalists, it united a generation of young writers, poets and artists in political fervour.

In aesthetic terms the artistic response crossed boundaries between Surrealists and abstract artists such as Barbara Hepworth and SW Hayter, and figurative artists such as Ursula McCannell and James Boswell. This exhibition focuses on the impact of the Spanish Civil War on British visual artists such as Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis, Henry Moore and John Armstrong, examining them alongside international artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/british-artists-and-the-spanish-civil-war/british-artists-and-the-spanish-civil-war

Community Programme Fundraising Exhibition

  • 25 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now

This exhibition in the Studio showcases the rich and diverse array of work created and donated by artists from the Gallery's successful Community Programme, whilst providing essential core funding for the continuation of the Programme's important work. Numbering over 80 works, everything on show is for sale at affordable prices, with proceeds going straight back into the Community Programme.

The Community Programme at Pallant House Gallery has evolved over twelve years and is today widely respected for providing long-term meaningful creative opportunities for a diverse range of people from the local community. It now numbers over 150 active members. The Gallery Studio is at the heart of it all, hosting a varied weekly programme of creative activities to suit people's interests and needs.

Website

http://www.pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/studio/community-programme-fundraising-exhibition1

Joseph Emberton: The Architecture of Display

  • 18 February — 17 May 2015

Emberton (1889-1956) was one of the most important architects in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. He designed the striking Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on-Crouch (1931) which represented Britain at the International Exhibition of Modern Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1932.

Five years later, two more buildings - the celebrated Simpsons of Piccadilly department store (now Waterstone’s flagship bookstore) for which László Moholy-Nagy designed displays, and the Southsea branch of Timothy Whites were selected by MoMA for the exhibition Modern Architecture in England. What was it about these buildings that made the most influential commentators on modern architecture take note?

The exhibition coincides with the major retrospective of the work of Leon Underwood, who was a lifelong friend and fellow-student of Emberton at the Royal College of Art. Underwood created sculptures which adorned one of Emberton’s buildings and furthermore Underwood’s son married Emberton’s daughter.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/delonghi-print-room/joseph-emberton-and-the-architecture-of-display

The Wood Engravings of Gertrude Hermes and Blair Hughes Stanton

  • 7 March — 14 June 2015

Gertrude Hermes and Blair Hughes-Stanton were two of the leading British wood engravers of the Twentieth-century.

They married after meeting in the exhilarating atmosphere of Leon Underwood’s Brook Green School of Drawing and during the 1920s and 30s they created complex and skilled wood engravings of the human form and natural world, as well as important illustrated books.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/gertrude-hermes-blair-hughes-stanton

Leon Underwood: Figure and Rhythm

  • 7 March — 14 June 2015

The first major museum retrospective for over forty years of the British artist Leon Underwood (1890-1975), who was described as ‘the precursor of modern sculpture in Britain’.

A significant influence on pupils such as Henry Moore and Eileen Agar, Underwood created a diverse body of paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/leon-underwood-figure-and-rhythm/leon-underwood-figure-and-rhythm

Drawing the Nude: From Manet to Auerbach

  • 20 May — 19 July 2015

Inspired by Leon Underwood's revolutionary approach to life drawing this exhibition selected from the Pallant House Gallery collection explores how a range of modern and historic artists depicted the human form, including life drawings by Eric Gill, Michael Andrews, William Coldstream, Peter de Francia and Frank Auerbach.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/delonghi-print-room/drawing-the-nude-from-manet-to-auerbach

St Ives and British Modernism: The George and Ann Dannatt Collection

  • 13 June — 20 November 2015

Marking the centenary of George Dannatt’s birth in 1915, this exhibition explores one of the Gallery’s most significant donations, the George and Ann Dannatt Gift, which includes a largely unseen and newly conserved group of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by key figures associated with the St Ives Group of Artists in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson and John Tunnard.

The collection was one of the most significant private collections of its type, not least because Dannatt was a friend of many of the artists, and was himself an abstract artist. A selection of his own works will be included in the display, as well as archival photographs of the Dannatts with their artist friends and rare artists’ books and illustrated volumes. In addition to the St Ives Group, the collection includes works by artists associated with a poetic strain of Neo-Romanticism in Britain, including Paul Nash, David Jones, Prunella Clough and Keith Vaughan, as well as interesting prints by international artists such as Jean Arp and Eduardo Chillida.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/st-ives-and-british-modernism

Sickert's Dieppe: The Art of Modern Life

  • 4 July — 4 October 2015

The British artist Walter Sickert (1860-1942) had a sustained fascination with the fashionable seaside resort of Dieppe in France. Sickert maintained close personal links with the town from childhood and first visited as a practising artist during the early 1880s.

After spending his honeymoon in Dieppe in 1885 he returned nearly every summer until the age of sixty-two, including an interval between 1898 and 1905 when he took up fulltime residence in the fishing quarter and its surrounding environs.

This exhibition demonstrates that Sickert was uniquely positioned in Dieppe to form a bridge between British painters and the development of modern art on the continent.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/sickerts-dieppe-the-art-of-modern-life

David Jones: Vision and Memory

  • 24 October 2015 — 1 February 2016

The visionary artist and poet David Jones (1895–1974) was that rare thing, a complete artist, one who produced wholly original work in both the visual arts and literature.

He was an exceptional draughtsman, an engraver, painter, and poet of note, and maker of beautiful and idiosyncratic inscriptions. Anything he turned his hand to drew remarkable talent from within him, and he was widely admired both as an artist and a writer. Within the orbit of Eric Gill he became arguably the greatest wood engraver of the twentieth century, then in 1928 Ben Nicholson, struck by the originality of his early paintings, invited him to join the 7and 5 Society (members included Cedric Morris, Winifred Nicholson and Christopher Wood). Kenneth Clark, who in 1936 thought him ‘in many ways, the most gifted of all the young British painters’, by the late 1960s considered him ‘absolutely unique – a remarkable genius’.

The exhibition at Pallant House Gallery collects together some 80 works from throughout his creative life, ranging from early sketches from the trenches of the Western Front to his late, great chalice paintings and inscriptions, in a timely reassessment of his position in twentieth-century British art. Given that many of his finest paintings were executed in delicate washes of watercolour, a medium very difficult to reproduce in print, they will surely be a revelation when seen together here.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/david-jones-vision-and-memory

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