Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ



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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: £7.50
Students: £3.75
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.

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.
Dennis Creffield, Norwich Cathedral

Dennis Creffield: Cathedrals of England and France

  • 15 February — 22 June 2014 *on now

Brighton-based artist Dennis Creffield (b.1931) was once described by the American artist R.B. Kitaj as ‘one of England’s most closely guarded secrets’. Born in London, Creffield studied under David Bomberg at the Borough Polytechnic alongside Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, where he established his Expressionist style. Later Creffield went on to study at the Slade where he was a prize-winner, becoming in due course an effective teacher and a substantial artist in his own right. This exhibition brings together Creffield’s charcoal drawings of English medieval cathedrals
that were commissioned in 1987 by the Arts Council, together with their French counterparts. It includes works from the Gallery’s collection donated by the architect Colin St John Wilson, together with loans from the artist.

Walter Sickert, Jack Ashore

Artists' Studies: From Pencil to Paint

  • 15 February — 22 June 2014 *on now

Presenting finished compositions alongside preparatory drawings and sketches, it will shed new light on some of the Gallery’s best-known and most celebrated paintings. Highlights include the painting Jack Ashore and a related charcoal study by Walter Sickert; David Bomberg’s squared-up drawings for The South East Corner, Jerusalem; and the Colony Room by Michael Andrews displayed together with a preparatory study. The exhibition will also feature drawings made in series, including Graham Sutherland’s sketches for his celebrated painting Entrance to a Lane on loan from the University of Chichester.

Stanley Spencer, Tea in the Hospital Ward

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

  • 15 February — 15 June 2014 *on now

The Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere, Hampshire is widely upheld as one of the greatest war monuments of the twentieth century, built to house Stanley Spencer's celebrated mural cycle in honour of "the forgotten dead" of the First World War.Throughout 2014 Spencer's murals, which have been permanently displayed inside the chapel since its completion in 1932, will be removed for restoration. Pallant House Gallery will present the complete cycle of predella and lunette mural paintings as part of an exhibition of paintings and drawings organised in collaboration with the National Trust.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


£5:00 (£2.50 for students).


Shinichi Sawada

Intuitive Folk: Art from England and Japan

  • 26 February — 27 April 2014 *on now

Building on the growing status of ‘Outsider Art' over the past year, this new exhibition pairs the work of two Japanese artists, Masao Obata (1943-2010) and Shinichi Sawada (b.1982) with two British artists, Chaz Waldren (b.1950) and Jason Pape who both share an intuitive approach to their artistic practice. Obata and Sawada were included in the acclaimed ‘Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan' exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, while Sawada also appeared in the recent BBC Imagine documentary and at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Jason Pape's and Chaz Waldren's work featured in the Outside In 2009 and 2012 exhibitions and Waldren's work is in the collections at Pallant House Gallery and the Museum of Everything.

The exhibition will show Obata's distinctive drawings on cardboard alongside Chaz Waldren's intuitive and decorative works, and Shinichi Sawada's thorny creatures displayed with Jason Pape's playful ceramic animals, juxtaposing their processes, cultural experiences and motivations to create.

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.
photograph of gramophone

The Art and Music of the First World War

  • 24 April 2014 6-8pm *on now

Despite the devastation of the First World War the conflict led to the creation of some of the most profound and powerful art and music of the 20th century. Marking the Centenary of the First World War, artist Tim Gwyther and music specialist Terry Barfoot explore the work of artists such as Paul Nash, Wyndham Lewis and CRW Nevinson and music by Vaughn Williams, George Butterworth among others.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • Not suitable for children


£8.50 (Friends £7.00, Students £7.50).


Spencer at Burghclere

  • 15 May 2014 6-8pm

Timothy Hyman RA, curator of the Tate’s Stanley Spencer retrospective in 2001, will discuss the artist’s pivotal Burghclere images - the cycle of paintings that were both a fulfilment of his fresco aspiration and a new turn towards Realism and ‘Objectivity’.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£8.50 (Friends £7.00, Students £7.50)


Stanley Spencer: Love and War

  • 29 May 2014 6-8pm

To coincide with the Stanley Spencer exhibition, celebrated biographer and critic Fiona MacCarthy, author of the book ‘Stanley Spencer: An English Vision’ discusses the strange life and visionary art of the 20th century’s major British painter. Includes a glass of wine courtesy of the event sponsor Lund Humphries to coincide with the publication of Andrew Causey’s new book ‘Art as a Mirror of Himself’.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£8.50 (Friends £7.00, Students £7.50)