Pallant House Gallery
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
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home
Sun & Bank Holiday Monday 12.30-17.00
Closed: All Day Mondays
25,26 December, 1 January
Children (up to 16 yrs): FREE
Friends of Pallant House Gallery: FREE
Art Fund Members: £4.50
Jobseekers, Carer, DLA, ESA, Museum Association, ICOM: FREE
Cheap Tuesdays: £4.50
Thursday Evenings (5-8pm) including main exhibition : £4.50
Thursday Evenings (5-8pm) excluding main exhibition: FREE
Group Bookings Available
- Museums Association
- International Council of Museums
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.
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.
- 2 July — 2 October 2016
This major summer exhibition is the first in 75 years to provide a comprehensive overview of the career of British artist Christopher Wood. It explores the life and art of a turbulent young painter as he navigated a path between the representational painting of the 1920s and the new style of abstraction of the following decade.
Along with Ben and Winifred Nicholson Wood developed a self-consciously unsophisticated style inspired in part by the untrained Cornish artist Alfred Wallis. However his understanding of naïve art was also uniquely influenced by his early exposure to the work of modernists in France such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh, who all drew upon Non-Western art and so-called ‘primitive' cultures. His addiction to opium, encouraged by his friendship with the writer and artist Jean Cocteau doubtlessly, fed into the direct and visionary quality of his later paintings.
The exhibition of over 80 works celebrates the magnitude of Wood's achievement during the ten years before his untimely death in 1930, aged just 29. Including paintings, set designs and drawings created on both sides of the channel, it also explores Wood's immense personal struggle as he juggled the conflict between the reserved sensibility of his English heritage and the hedonism of the Parisian avant-garde.
Classicism in Modern British Art
- 22 October 2016 — 9 February 2017
While modern art might be thought to abandon the classical ideals of ancient sculpture, in the 1920s and 1930s there was a resurgence of classicism within British art and culture as both traditional and modernist artists sought to reassert the enduring values of tranquility and order in an era of great social and political change. In the search for a dignified language for mourning and commemoration following the First World War many artists employed classical symbolism to reference the idealised virtues of Ancient Greece and Rome. This was manifested in a revival of interest in the tradition of mural and tempera paintings depicting classical compositions drawn from mythology and literature. Yet this espousal of classicism was also adopted by avant-garde artists who were to turn away from abstraction and the machine in favour of an idealised classical style, just as the European modernists including Pablo Picasso, Fernard Léger, Giorgio de Chirico and Gino Severini had done in the 1920s.
This exhibition will be the first major exhibition to explore how Modern British artists were drawn to the antique, and the question of how they developed a distinctive form of modern art that referenced the past, whilst also reflecting social and artistic concerns of the 20th century. It will offer a stimulating reassessment of a neglected and significant aspect of Modern British art. The exhibition will be curated by Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery, a specialist in the history of Modern British art, whose previous exhibitions and publications have included 'Poets in the Landscape: The Romantic Spirit in British Art' (2007), Edward Burra (2011), 'Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War' (2014)
Normal admission charges apply.
Making Sense of Modern British Art
- 25 June 2016 11am-1:30pm
- 30 July 2016 11am-1:30pm
An introduction to modern art in Britain places the Gallery's rich permanent collection into the context of artistic developments in Britain and Europe. A repeat of the sell-out course in summer 2015.
Sat 2 April
Modernism comes to Britain:
Sickert and the Camden Town Group
Sat 30 April
The art and scandalous lives of the Bloomsbury Group
Sat 28 May
Artistic responses to the Great War
Sat 25 June
Surrealism in Britain
Sat 30 July
Piper, Sutherland and the Neo-Romantics
To book an individual session or the full 5 session course please contact reception on 01243 774557 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Full course £130 (Friends £100)
Individual session £30 (Friends £25)
Christopher Wood In Focus
- 16 July 2016 11am-1:30pm
- 19 July 2016 11am-1:30pm
Christopher 'Kit' Wood (1901-1930) was a talented British artist whose ambition and naïve representational style earned the admiration of many fellow British and European avant-garde artists including Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Wood was a pivotal figure in the development of Modernism in Britain in the 1920s, helping to lay the foundations for radical advancements in the 1930s. This study session will look at Wood’s life, friendships, artistic collaborations and his paintings, particularly focusing on the decade before his tragic death aged just 29.
- Any age
£30 (Friends £25) including coffee and pastries
Picasso In Focus
- 17 September 2016 11am-1:30pm
- 28 October 2016 11am-1:30pm
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) told his biographer John Richardson that his work was like a diary – ‘to understand it, you have to see how it mirrors my life.’ A deeply personal response to each new love in his life, as well as world events, can be seen in the different styles in which he worked. This study session will show how Picasso’s life, and especially his emotional life, influenced what he painted and how he painted it.
£30 (Friends £25) including coffee and pastries
Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant