Pallant House Gallery

View of Pallant House Gallery, a red brick Georgian building with a modern extension
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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: £9
Students: £5.50
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.

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.
Image of a photograph showing two ceramic sculptures of people against a wall made of white rocks

Nek Chand: The Rock Garden Sculptures

  • 13 June — 25 October 2015 *on now

Over forty figurative concrete and mosaic works created from found objects and on loan from the Nek Chand Foundation will be on display in the Courtyard Garden and Garden Gallery. A self-taught Indian artist Nek Chand’s sculptures reflect his intuitive approach to creating and the display reflects the ethos of Outside In; the Gallery’s flagship project providing a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Kenneth Rowntree: A Centenary Exhibition

  • 22 July — 18 October 2015 *on now

Touring from the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, this exhibition marks the centenary of the birth of Kenneth Rowntree (1915 – 1997), one of Britain’s best loved artists, known for his works in oil and watercolour.

A contemporary of Edward Bawden RA, Michael Rothenstein RA, and Eric Ravilious, with whom he became great friends, the influence of a generation of English artist-designers is evident in his remarkable range of work. Rowntree had a playful approach to depicting his surroundings, from the Essex countryside near the village of Great Bardfield where he lived from 1941, to the Welsh hills and Sussex coastline which he visited, and later to the Australian outback and great landscapes of America.

The exhibition features oil, acrylic, watercolour and gouache paintings, along with drawings, prints and posters, spanning the 1930s – 1980s. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of an illustrated book published by Moore-Gwyn Fine Art and Liss Llewellyn Fine Art.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply


Outside In: Step Up Showcase - Celebrating 7 Years of Step Up

  • 29 September — 22 November 2015 *on now

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are delighted to announce the opening of ‘Outside In: Step Up Showcase - Celebrating 7 Years of Step Up,' in the Studio at the Gallery. The exhibition will celebrate the experiences of over 70 artists who have been trained through Step Up's two courses: Workshop Leaders and Interpreting Collections.

Step Up is the training and professional development arm of Outside In, a project founded by Pallant House Gallery in 2006 to support artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Both courses provide artists with a unique opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a gallery setting led by expert tutors.

The interactive exhibition, curated by Step Up participant Julia Oak, includes photographs documenting the process of the programme, a wall of past participants, audio tours, poetry and film, as well as a ‘doodle-board’ for creative responses, inspired by the inclusion of works by Frank Auerbach and Scottie Wilson from the collection at Pallant House Gallery, and a work by Jean Dubuffet on loan to the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply


Evelyn Dunbar: The Lost Works

  • 3 October 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

A remarkable collection of lost works by WW2 Official War Artist Evelyn Dunbar (1906 – 1960) goes on show for the first time, including highlights from an extraordinary hoard of previously unrecorded work discovered in the attic of a Kent Coast house.

Included in the exhibition are other important rediscovered, unseen or rarely seen works by Dunbar from public and private collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply


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


Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ



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01243 774557


01243 536038

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