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: £11
Students (with NUS card and Student ID card): FREE
Children (up to 16 yrs): FREE
Friends of Pallant House Gallery: FREE
Art Fund Members: £5.50
Jobseekers, Carer, DLA, ESA, Museum Association, ICOM: FREE
Cheap Tuesdays: £5
Thursday Evenings (5-8pm) including main exhibition : £5.50
Thursday Evenings (5-8pm) including main exhibition: £5.50
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 painting showing a young man wearing green sitting in a chair

John Minton: A Centenary

  • 1 July — 1 October 2017 *on now

A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of British artist John Minton (1917 – 1957). A charismatic and complex artist, Minton was a Bohemian figure in London during the 1940s and 50s and a close friend of artists and writers including Michael Ayrton, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, Lucian Freud, W.S. Graham and Keith Vaughan. Himself influenced by artists such as Samuel Palmer and Graham Sutherland, as a tutor at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art he was also highly influential to the next generation of figurative artists in Britain.

The exhibition spans Minton’s achievements as a painter of highly evocative landscapes, including his moving depictions of bomb-damaged London; his focus on exotic subject matter during the late 1940s and 1950s inspired by extensive travels to countries such as Corsica, Spain and Jamaica; his remarkable draftsmanship evidenced in figurative work including sensitive portraits of young men, a reference to his own tortured homosexuality; and the ambitious work produced in the late 1950s exploring historical and current events such as the death of Nelson, examined in the context of the genre of history painting, and contemporary photography.

The exhibition is curated by Simon Martin, Artistic Director at Pallant House Gallery, and Frances Spalding, art historian and biographer of Minton.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults: £10
Children (Up to 16 yrs): Free
Friends of Pallant House Gallery: Free
Art Fund Members: £5
Students (with NUS card and Student ID card): Free
Jobseekers, DLA, ESA, PIP, Carers with registered disabled person: Free
Museums Association, ICOM: Free


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.

Saturday Art In Focus

  • 5 August 2017 11am-1:30pm

Explore a wide range of modern art concepts, genres and themes in this series of lectures on Saturday mornings.

Getting to Grips with Abstract Art
Sat 1 April, 11am–1.30pm
Coinciding with the exhibition Victor Pasmore: Towards a New Reality, this session will look at the historical background and rationale of abstract art from Piet Mondrian’s spiritual and regulated abstraction to Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes and beyond. Led by Frank Woodgate.

Ways of Looking: The Golden Section and the Colours Red, White and Blue
Sat 6 May, 11am–1.30pm
Discover just some of the theories used by artists to bring order and meaning to their work. Begin with the sacred geometry of the Golden Section which has inspired thinkers from all disciplines before exploring the symbolism and significance of the colours red, white and blue. Led by Alexandra Epps.

A Brief History of Women in Art
Sat 3 June, 11am–1.30pm
Although women have been making art for centuries, many female artists have been forgotten or struggled to be recognised in the traditional narrative of the Western canon of art. Explore how women have been represented – and misrepresented – throughout history and how female artists, particularly since the 20th century, have challenged that landscape. Led by Linda Casey.

Inspirations of the City: Art of the River and the City
Sat 8 July, 11am–1.30pm
Discover how the very different landscapes of the River Thames and the City of London have influenced and inspired artists from the historical to the contemporary. Explore views of the river and interpretations of the Thames’ eventful history, as well as the wealth of modern and contemporary public art found in the City of London. Led by Alexandra Epps.

An Armchair Tour of Tate Britain and Tate Modern
Sat 5 August, 11am–1.30pm
Explore two of the world’s most famous art galleries without leaving Chichester. Take a virtual tour through Tate Britain’s collection of British art from the 1500s to the present day, and explore highlights from Tate Modern’s international modern art collection.Led by Ian Swankie.


Full course £130
Individual sessions £30
To book this individual session please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


Creative Space

  • 20 September 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 11 October 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 15 November 2017 10:30am-4:30pm

Practical courses for those who want to be creative but aren’t sure where to begin. Learn how to draw, paint and create collages in a friendly and supportive environment. Led by Katie Sollohub.

Drawing for the Terrified
Weds 5 April, 10.30am–4.30pm
Using charcoal, graphite, pen and pencil, you will be encouraged to experiment and make marks with no subject in mind. Learn exercises to help you relax and worry less about the outcomes as you move on to simple subject matters and are inspired to keep drawing at home.

Creative Collage
Weds 24 May, 10.30am–4.30pm
Working from a simple still life or imagery you find in the Gallery you will cut and tear shapes in coloured paper, draw simple lines with felt tips, crayons and pastels and learn how to notice spaces. Arrange your collage back in the Studio, where the creative fun really begins.

Creative Collage: Inspired by the Figure
Weds 21 June, 10.30am–4.30pm
Using a model for inspiration, you will cut and tear shapes, scribble, capture lines of rhythm and movement, and compose a series of quick studies from the figure.

Expressive/Experimental Drawing from Still Life
Weds 20 Sept, 10.30am–4.30pm
Prepare to get messy and play with charcoal, ink and other drawing materials. Work freely and create an expressive response to a still life without worrying about accuracy. Anything goes, including lots of rubbing out, drawing over the top, and even ripping up!

Introduction to Paint: Painting Black and White
Weds 11 Oct, 10.30am–4.30pm
Using only black and white paint is an excellent way to really understand how paint feels and moves. Using acrylics and painting mediums for mixing and glazing, make abstract marks before moving on to a simple subject matter.

Introduction to Paint: Painting Colour
Weds 15 Nov, 10.30am–4.30pm

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Individual sessions £85
Three sessions £220
Full course £440
To book please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


Sketchbook: Primary Studies for Painting

  • 4 November 2017 10am-4pm

Learn how to create dynamic sketches and transform them into paintings. A dedicated sketchbook is an essential tool for this course. Led by Christopher Baker.

Sketchbook Development
Sat 13 May, 10am – 4pm
Learn how to strengthen your drawing ideas in the sketchbook to carry through to paintings. Study methods and attitudes that will directly impact on the dynamic relationship between the sketchbook and paint.

The Painting Process
Sat 4 November, 10am – 4pm
Explore the relationship between sketchbook drawings and further work including the use of materials and ideas on colour, tonality, composition and expression. Use drawing attitudes that emphasise freshness and unity in the painting process to create work which shows a clear connection between the painting and the sketchbook.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Individual session £85
Both sessions £160
To book please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


From Representation to Abstraction

  • 11 November 2017 10am-4pm

In this painting workshop discover your own unique visual language by interpreting what you see rather than just observing.

Working in sketchbooks you will collect ideas and explore the objective world through drawing before developing your ideas towards more objective forms of expression.

Led by Colin Merrin RWS

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Two-part workshop £160
To book this workshop please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


Image showing a close up of hands weaving blue, yellow and black thread on a loom

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

  • 11 November 2017 10am-4pm

An introduction to tapestry weaving, using the colours and forms of the work of abstract artists such as Victor Pasmore as inspiration to create a small woven tapestry.

Working on pre-warped frames, investigate basic warp and weft structures and explore basic weaving techniques such as colour work, shaping and surface decoration. Materials and equipment including frames, clamps, scissors and bobbins will be provided. There will be an opportunity to buy equipment to take home at the end of the session.

Led by Caron Penney

(Workshop repeated Sat 11 November)

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Single workshop £85
To book please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


Poem in a Day

  • 16 September 2017 10am-4pm

Be inspired by the Gallery’s collection of Modern British art and explore your imagination in our creative writing workshops.

Explore ways to stimulate the imagination and write with the senses in this day course. Use workshops, seminars and writing exercises to guide you through a series of poetic techniques. Draw stimulus from the Gallery’s collection or use your own imagination to write a poem in a day.

Led by James Simpson

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Individual session £105 (includes lunch at the Pallant Restaurant)
To book this individual session please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ



General Enquiries


01243 774557


01243 536038

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