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

Discounts

  • 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.
Painting showing a woman wearing a green cloak and a hat made of tulips bending over to lift a glass box

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

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/evelyn-dunbar-the-lost-works/evelyn-dunbar-the-lost-works

Photograph showing a white wall with a white vitrine displaying white cylindrical vessels behind frosted glass

Edmund de Waal: if we attend

  • 24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

British artist Edmund de Waal encountered the art and poetry of David Jones at Kettle’s Yard while studying English at The University of Cambridge. When he later started working with porcelain, it was Jones’ work that profoundly influenced his approach to making.

‘if we attend’ (2015), a white, wall-mounted vitrine with translucent glazing and 16 porcelain vessels, is a new piece produced especially for the David Jones exhibition. It references the calming slowing down effect of these words in the second line of Jones’s poem The Anathemata: ‘We already and first of all discern him making this thing other. His groping syntax, if we attend, already shapes…’. The work, displayed alongside two other porcelain works – ‘in the north north east’ (2014) and ‘thirteen circles’ (2014) - will be accompanied by a series of poems by David Jones, creating a contemplative space reflecting the nature of the work. De Waal’s new book The White Road, published by Chatto & Windus, launches this autumn.

The works in this exhibition have kindly been lent by the artist’s studio and the New Art Centre. For further information on his exhibition ‘the lost and the found: works from Orkney’ at the New Art Centre and available artworks by Edmund de Waal, please visit the New Art Centre website. http://sculpture.uk.com/artists/edmund-de-waal/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9 / £10
Children (Up to 16 yrs) Free
Art Fund Members £4.50 / £5.50
Students £5.50 / £6
Jobseekers, Carer, DLA, ESA, Museum Association, ICOM Free
See website for further details

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/edmund-de-waal-if-we-attend

Painting of a shirtless man sitting at a desk with his chin in his right hand

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

  • 30 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

Highlights from the biennial Ruth Borchard Prize exhibition, run by Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection in conjunction with Pallant House Gallery. Focusing on self-portraits by new and established artists, the exhibition celebrates contemporary British and Irish self-portraiture and follows on from the Gallery’s exhibition of the Ruth Borchard Collection in autumn 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/garden-gallery/ruth-borchard-self-portrait-prize

Image showing an etching of a wood with a small thatched building in the foreground and a man carrying a bundle of hay on his back facing away from the viewer and walking towards a farmhouse in the background

Collected through Love: The Michael Woodford Bequest

  • 16 December 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

An exhibition of selected works from the Gallery’s latest bequest, a significant group of prints, drawings and books from the unlikely collector Michael Woodford, a former rubbish collector and school caretaker with a passion for art. The collection includes late etchings by Picasso, a number of etchings, drawings and watercolours spanning the career of Graham Sutherland, and notable works by Victor Pasmore, Alan Reynolds, Suzanne Valadon and Gerald Leslie Brockhurst.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/current-exhibitions/delonghi-print-room/the-michael-woodford-bequest

Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making

  • 12 March — 12 June 2016

‘Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making’ combines Outside In’s fourth triennial open art exhibition and Craftspace’s touring exhibitions programme. It showcases UK creativity by artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation, and who have submitted their work through the Outside In website.

The craft works selected through this open call out are displayed alongside pieces by historically renowned and invited contemporary Outsider and self-taught artists, focusing on the imagination and creativity of those facing barriers to the art world from the perspective of craft, making, materiality and tacit skill. The exhibition will launch at Pallant House Gallery, marking Outside In’s tenth birthday, before touring nationally.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/radical-craft-alternative-ways-of-making

John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism

  • 12 March — 12 June 2016

John Piper was one of the leading Modern British artists of the 20thcentury, best known for his paintings of Britain’s romantic heritage including churches, country houses and wartime ruins. In the post-war period Piper was also noted for his work as an accomplished designer of theatre sets, stained glass windows, and textiles. Through over 80 works, this major exhibition is the first to focus on John Piper’s textile designs, exploring key motifs in the artist’s work such as historic architecture, abstract and religious imagery, as well as subjects explored in the final years of the artist’s life, such as foliate heads, sunflowers and the church at Long Sutton. Shown alongside related paintings and other studies the exhibition demonstrates how Piper’s designs were intricately connected with his wider work.

Piper’s textile designs included furnishing fabrics for the post-war home for companies including Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd, scarves for Asher, ecclesiastical garments, and tapestries created for cathedrals and other public spaces. Marking the 50th anniversary of the installation of the artist’s celebrated altar tapestry in Chichester Cathedral, many of the studies for this important example of religious art will be shown alongside several of the Foliate Head tapestries woven to Piper’s designs at West Dean Tapestry Studio near Chichester. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new book by Simon Martin, with contributions by Frances Spalding.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/john-piper-the-fabric-of-modernism1

Christopher Wood

  • 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.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/christopher-wood

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)

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/classicism-in-modern-british-art

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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