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: £9
Students: £5.50
Children (up to 16 yrs): FREE
Friends of Pallant House Gallery: FREE
Art Fund Members: £4.50
Jobseekers, Carer, DLA, ESA, Museum Association, ICOM: FREE
Cheap Tuesdays: £4.50
Thursday Evenings (5-8pm) including main exhibition : £4.50
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.

The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920–1950

  • 22 October 2016 — 9 February 2017 *on now

While modern art might be thought to abandon the classical ideals of ancient sculpture, in the 1920s and 1930s there was a resurgence of classicism within British art and culture as both traditional and modernist artists sought to reassert the enduring values of tranquility and order in an era of great social and political change. In the search for a dignified language for mourning and commemoration following the First World War many artists employed classical symbolism to reference the idealised virtues of Ancient Greece and Rome. This was manifested in a revival of interest in the tradition of mural and tempera paintings depicting classical compositions drawn from mythology and literature. Yet this espousal of classicism was also adopted by avant-garde artists who were to turn away from abstraction and the machine in favour of an idealised classical style, just as the European modernists including Pablo Picasso, Fernard Léger, Giorgio de Chirico and Gino Severini had done in the 1920s.

This exhibition will be the first major exhibition to explore how Modern British artists were drawn to the antique, and the question of how they developed a distinctive form of modern art that referenced the past, whilst also reflecting social and artistic concerns of the 20th century. It will offer a stimulating reassessment of a neglected and significant aspect of Modern British art. The exhibition will be curated by Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery, a specialist in the history of Modern British art, whose previous exhibitions and publications have included 'Poets in the Landscape: The Romantic Spirit in British Art' (2007), Edward Burra (2011), 'Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War' (2014)


Normal admission charges apply.


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.

Picasso In Focus

  • 28 October 2016 11am-1:30pm *on now

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) told his biographer John Richardson that his work was like a diary – ‘to understand it, you have to see how it mirrors my life.’ A deeply personal response to each new love in his life, as well as world events, can be seen in the different styles in which he worked. This study session will show how Picasso’s life, and especially his emotional life, influenced what he painted and how he painted it.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£30 (Friends £25) including coffee and pastries


Modern Art and the Old Masters: Tradition and Innovation

  • 3 November 2016 11am-1:30pm
  • 15 November 2016 11am-1:30pm
  • 29 November 2016 11am-1:30pm
  • 10 January 2017 11am-1:30pm
  • 24 January 2017 11am-1:30pm

To coincide with the The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920–1950 exhibition, this study series will compare Old Master paintings with modern treatments of the same subjects, and examine the extent to which modern art is inspired by the example of earlier eras.

Thurs 3 November
The New Face of Tradition: History Painting and High Art

Tues 15 November
Portraits and Self-Portraits

Tues 29 November
Pictures of Everyday Life: Genre Painting

Tues 10 January
Still-Life: The Poor Relation Makes Good

Tues 24 January
Much more than Background: Landscape Painting

Suitable for

  • 18+


Full course £130 (Friends £100)
Individual session £30 (Friends £25)
Includes coffee and pastries

To book an individual session or the full 5 session course please contact reception on 01243 774557 /


Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ



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01243 774557


01243 536038

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