Pallant House Gallery

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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: £10
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
Jobseekers, Carer, DLA, ESA, Museum Association, ICOM: FREE
Cheap Tuesdays: £5
Thursday Evenings (5-8pm) including main exhibition : £5
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.
An abstract image showing spirals in shades of green, blue, violet and gold that resemble a view of fields and hills

Victor Pasmore: Towards a New Reality

  • 11 February — 11 June 2017 *on now

In the late 1940s British artist Victor Pasmore (1908–1998), then one of Britain’s leading figurative painters, reinvented himself as one of the foremost exponents of abstract art. This major exhibition focuses for the first time on this radical change of direction in the artist’s career, later described by art historian Herbert Read as ‘the most revolutionary event in post-war British art’. Through 50 works the exhibition explores the progression of Pasmore’s work between the 1930s and mid-1960s, and his experimentation towards a new pictorial language and representation of reality.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/victor-pasmore/victor-pasmore

An image showing the Australian outback, a landscape of red and brown craggy peaks underneath a blue sky

Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain

  • 18 February — 11 June 2017 *on now

A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art whose diverse oeuvre saw experimentation with a wide range of materials. Focussing on the artist’s time living and working in Britain, it brings together works that reveal recurring themes such as Australian history and literature, mythology, and the tragic hero/anti-hero. Iconic works from the 50s and 60s including paintings of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and the unfortunate explorers Burke and Wills are shown alongside Nolan’s sets and costumes from the 1962 Royal Ballet production of The Rite of Spring.

The exhibition is part of a nationwide centenary programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust throughout 2017, including exhibitions at Australia House and the British Museum, symposiums at the Royal Academy of Arts and King’s College London, and the first public opening of Nolan’s studio at The Rodd, Herefordshire. Visit www.sidneynolantrust.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/transferences-sidney-nolan-in-britain

Photograph showing a small black sculpture made from interlocking rectangles of black wood

British Constructivism: The Catherine Petitgas Collection

  • 11 March — 11 June 2017 *on now

A display of sculptures, reliefs and constructions by Victor Pasmore’s contemporaries in the British Constructivist movement, including Kenneth and Mary Martin, Anthony Hill, Norman Dilworth and John Ernest, drawn from the Petitgas Collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/british-constructivism-the-catherine-petitgas-collection

Image of a painting showing a young man wearing green sitting in a chair

John Minton: A Centenary

  • 1 July — 1 October 2017

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

Admission

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

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/john-minton-a-centenary

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.
Image showing a painting of a row of grey chimneys against a teal background

Pallant House Gallery: A Collection of Collections

  • 4 April 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 11 April 2017 11am-1:30pm

In this unique course discover the stories behind Pallant House Gallery’s ‘collection of collections’ and the collectors who contributed them, as told by our experienced Gallery Guides.

The Origins of Pallant House Gallery and its Collection
Tues 14 March, 11am–1.30pm
The course opens by exploring the reasons why and how people are motivated to collect and give to the public. Gallery Guide Julia Cooper then looks at the 18th century Pallant House and its original fine art and furnishings. Introduced by Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery. Led by Julia Cooper.

Walter Hussey, Patron of Art: Commissions for the Church
and the Founding Collections
Tues 21 March, 11am–1.30pm
Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral 1955-1977, is celebrated for the artistic commissions he instigated at Chichester Cathedral from artists including John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Marc Chagall. He bequeathed his art collection to the city of Chichester in 1985, providing the Gallery's founding collection. Led by Liz Walker.

International Modernism from Cezanne to Abstract Expressionism:
The Charles Kearley Bequest
Tues 28 March, 11am–1.30pm
Charles Kearley, a property developer, had a budget of £700 a year to build his collection. With advice from art critic R H Wilenski, he bought works by Modern British and continental artists such as Paul Cézanne and Gino Severini. His collection was gifted to the Gallery through The Art Fund in 1989. Led by Beth Funnell and Michaela Cranmer.

From Sickert to the Pop Artists: Colin St John Wilson's Gift
and the Architecture of the New Wing
Tues 4 April, 11am–1.30pm
The architect Prof. Sir Colin St John Wilson not only gave his collection of British Pop Art and figurative art to the Gallery, but also designed (in association with Long & Kentish) the Gallery's contemporary wing in order to house it. Led by Sarah Bunting.

St Ives and British Modernism: The George and Ann Dannatt Gift and the on-going Golder-Thompson Gift and Contemporary Prints
Tues 11 April, 11am–1.30pm
Both of these gifts fill a number of gaps in the Gallery's collections. The George and Ann Dannatt Gift of Modern British art includes post-war abstract art, while the Golder-Thompson Gift allows the Gallery to acquire contemporary prints on an ongoing basis. Led by Diana Wooldridge and Michaela Cranmer.

To book your place please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Full course £130/
Individual sessions £30

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/art-history-courses/pallant-house-gallery-a-collection-of-collections

Saturday Art In Focus

  • 1 April 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 6 May 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 3 June 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 8 July 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 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.

Admission

Full course £130
Individual sessions £30
To book this individual session please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/art-history-courses/saturday-art-in-focus

Creative Space

  • 5 April 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 24 May 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 21 June 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 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
http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/creative-space/introduction-to-paint-painting-colour

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Individual sessions £85
Three sessions £220
Full course £440
To book please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/creative-space

Paris in the Spring: Art Treasures of Paris

  • 18 April 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 25 April 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 2 May 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 9 May 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 16 May 2017 11am-1:30pm

The beautiful city of Paris is the birthplace of modern art and home to some of the world’s most significant examples of medieval and Renaissance art. Take a journey through the art of the city’s churches, cathedrals and museums, from medieval masterpieces to contemporary design.

From Ancient Paris to Masterpieces in the Louvre
Tues 18 April, 11am–1.30pm
We will begin by looking at the medieval art and architecture of Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle and the world famous Unicorn tapestries in the Musée de Cluny before exploring the world-famous collection of the Louvre, the largest museum in the world.
Led by Val Woodgate.

The Beginnings of Modernism: The Musée d'Orsay
Tues 25 April, 11am–1.30pm
A fascinating building in its own right, the Musée d'Orsay's collection ranges from French Academic art to the beginnings of modern art, including works by Post-Impressionists including Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh and Matisse. Led by Frank Woodgate.

The Musée Rodin and Public Sculpture
Tues 2 May, 11am–1.30pm
On his death in 1917 Rodin donated his entire collection to France on the condition that his home became a public museum. After taking a look at the museum's collection of previously unseen works by Rodin we will investigate Paris' vibrant and often surprising public sculptures. Led by Linda Casey.

The Musée Picasso
Tues 9 May, 11am–1.30pm
Throughout his life Picasso retained a large number of his own works; after his death in 1973 the French state accepted a large number of these works, in lieu of death duties, which formed the collection now housed in the beautiful Hôtel Sallé. Led by Val Woodgate.

The Centre Pompidou and Modern Art
Tues 16 May, 11am–1.30pm
Discover the fascinating story of the Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre de Création Industrielle, from its controversial design by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano (now considered an icon of 20th century architecture) to its collection, one of the largest in the world. Led by Alexandra Epps.

Admission

Full course £130
Individual sessions £30

To book your place please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/art-history-courses/paris-in-the-spring-art-treasures-of-paris

Sketchbook: Primary Studies for Painting

  • 13 May 2017 10am-4pm
  • 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

Admission

Individual session £85
Both sessions £160
To book please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/sketchbook-primary-studies-for-painting

From Representation to Abstraction

  • 27 May 2017 10am-4pm
  • 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

Admission

Two-part workshop £160
To book this workshop please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/painting-workshop

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

  • 27 May 2017 10am-4pm
  • 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

Admission

Single workshop £85
To book please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/tapestry-weaving-workshop

Creative Writing Taster Day

  • 10 June 2017 10am-4pm

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

A day course for those new to writing or for writers wishing to reinvigorate their practice. You will explore different approaches to creative writing and have the opportunity to respond creatively to the Gallery’s space and collection.

Led by James Simpson

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Individual session £105 (includes lunch at the Pallant Restaurant)
To book this individual session please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/creative-writing-in-the-gallery/creative-writing-taster-day

Sussex Modernism

  • 4 July 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 11 July 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 18 July 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 25 July 2017 11am-1:30pm

Many of the leading writers, artists, composers, architects and patrons of British Modernism lived in Sussex during key moments of their lives. Led by lecturers in Modernism at the University of Sussex, the course will explore their lives, work, homes and attitudes to the county.

This course is part of Sussex Modern, a celebration of Sussex's rich artistic history led by a partnership of nine museums and galleries from across the county. It launched with the exhibition ‘Sussex Modernism' at Two Temple Place, London (28 January - 23 April 2017).

Sussex Modernism and Retreat
Tues 4 July, 11am–1.30pm
For many metropolitan modernists, including the poet William Butler Yeats and Ezra Pound, the Sussex countryside provided welcome solace from Europe's culture capitals. We will examine the impact Sussex had on their work and how these rural retreats revitalised their work. Led by Dr Annabel Haynes.

Sussex Modernism and Domesticity
Tues 11 July, 11am–1.30pm
Looking at the visual art of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston Farmhouse and the writing of Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House, we will consider how domestic spaces in Sussex influenced the Bloomsbury Set and other Sussex artists. Led by Justine Shaw.

Sussex Surrealism
Tues 18 July, 11am–1.30pm
Explore the lives, works and legacies of Surrealists in the region, including Edward James, Paul Nash, Edward Burra, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller before moving on to the works of lesser known Surrealist artists and poets. Led by Dr Hope Wolf.

Sussex Modernism and Landscape
Tues 25 July, 11am–1.30pm
Focusing on the works of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, David Jones, Paul Nash, Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and Edward Burra, we will ask how they reinvented the landscape tradition for the 20th century. Led by Dr Alistair Davies.

Admission

Full course £105
Individual sessions £30
To book your place please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/art-history-courses/sussex-modernism

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

Admission

Individual session £105 (includes lunch at the Pallant Restaurant)
To book this individual session please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/practical-art-courses/creative-writing-in-the-gallery/poem-in-a-day

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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