Pallant House Gallery
Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
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
Family Ticket: £17
Children (5-15): £2.30
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.
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.
Alice Kettle: Odyssey
- 18 October 2014 — 1 May 2015 *on now
An installation of two stitched wall-hangings in the stairwell of the Queen Anne townhouse by Alice Kettle (b.1961), one of Britain’s leading textile artists. Whilst recalling the tradition of huge figurative tapestries in historic houses, these works use stitch in a contemporary manner as a gesture to create painterly effects with rich surface textures. The two works draw upon Homer’s enduring epic narrative poem The Odyssey, following the journey of Odysseus home to Ithaca after the Trojan Wars.
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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.
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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.
Terry Frost: Eleven Poems by Federico García Lorca
- 29 October 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now
The Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca was one of the first victims of the Spanish Civil War who was murdered by pro-Franco militias during the early Nationalist uprisings in Granada in 1936.
To coincide with a season examining British artists' responses to the conflict, the exhibition in the De'Longhi print room presents the print portfolio 'Eleven Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca' by the celebrated British abstract artist Terry Frost. Created over five decades after Lorca's death, the portfolio was inspired by some of his most significant writings including Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias (1935) and poems taken from Book of Poems (1921) Songs (1921-24) and Gypsy Ballads (1924-1927). Frost's etchings are presented alongside the corresponding poems by Lorca, exploring their shared fascination with nature, death and the 'Duende', a concept in Spanish culture that refers to the heightened state of emotion required for artistic invention.
Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War
- 8 November 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now
The Spanish Civil War (1936–39) was one of the most significant European conflicts of the twentieth century. Stretching far beyond an internal political clash between the Republicans and General Franco's Nationalists, it united a generation of young writers, poets and artists in political fervour.
In aesthetic terms the artistic response crossed boundaries between Surrealists and abstract artists such as Barbara Hepworth and SW Hayter, and figurative artists such as Ursula McCannell and James Boswell. This exhibition focuses on the impact of the Spanish Civil War on British visual artists such as Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis, Henry Moore and John Armstrong, examining them alongside international artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.
Community Programme Fundraising Exhibition
- 25 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now
This exhibition in the Studio showcases the rich and diverse array of work created and donated by artists from the Gallery's successful Community Programme, whilst providing essential core funding for the continuation of the Programme's important work. Numbering over 80 works, everything on show is for sale at affordable prices, with proceeds going straight back into the Community Programme.
The Community Programme at Pallant House Gallery has evolved over twelve years and is today widely respected for providing long-term meaningful creative opportunities for a diverse range of people from the local community. It now numbers over 150 active members. The Gallery Studio is at the heart of it all, hosting a varied weekly programme of creative activities to suit people's interests and needs.