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: £8.50
Students: £4.00
Family Ticket: £20
Children (6-16): £2.30
Children (under 6): Free
Cheap Tuesdays: Half Price
Group Bookings Available


  • 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.

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.


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.


The Wood Engravings of Gertrude Hermes and Blair Hughes Stanton

  • 7 March — 14 June 2015 *on now

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


Black and white drawing of a young man wearing a hat and smoking a pipe, staring directly at the viewer

Leon Underwood: Figure and Rhythm

  • 7 March — 14 June 2015 *on now

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


Image showing a sketch of a woman reclining on a  in the nude as she is attended by a black servant

Drawing the Nude: From Manet to Auerbach

  • 20 May — 19 July 2015 *on now

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.


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

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


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


Oil painting of a street scene with a cathedral in the background

Sickert in Dieppe

  • 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


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


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
View of Pallant House Gallery, a red brick Georgian building with a modern extension

Experiment with Clay workshop (Living with Dementia Festival 2015)

  • 2 June 2015 1:30-3:30pm

Learning different techniques explore and discover how you like to work with clay.

The newly formed Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership (CCLP) launches the Living with Dementia Festival from April - June 2015 to encourage those living with dementia to engage with the rich offering of arts and culture in the region. There will be a range of dementia-friendly events in and around Chichester at Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens, The Novium, The Otter Gallery, Pallant House Gallery, and The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

Pallant House Gallery's Learning and Community Programme runs a range of creative workshops throughout the year. During the Living with Dementia Festival, we encourage people living with dementia and their carers to join and try out these activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3.50 (includes refreshments) All sessions require booking.

Please contact: Tel: 07788489536


Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ



General Enquiries


01243 774557


01243 536038

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