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

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.
Pencil drawing of a woman with black hair on her knees facing right. Her head is turned upwards with her mouth wide open and her arms stretched in front of her

Paula Rego: The Sketchbooks

  • 30 September 2017 — 28 January 2018 *on now

A rare opportunity to see Dame Paula Rego's preparatory drawings for her paintings, providing an insight into her remarkable draughtsmanship and the development of her ideas. The exhibition, drawn from her own studio collection and organised in association with the artist and Marlborough Fine Art, features drawings from the 1980s and 90s including studies for some of her most famous works. The exhibition will include previously unseen studies and drawings and provide a new understanding of the work of one of Britain and Portugal’s most loved figurative artists.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE admission to the ground floor including the De’Longhi Print Room, Studio, Garden Gallery and Courtyard. An admission charge applies to the upstairs galleries which supports the Gallery, a registered charity, in all its work.
Adults £12.50
Under 16s, Students (NUS) FREE
Carers FREE
Friends FREE
Tuesdays £6.50
Thursday evenings (5–8pm) £6.50*
* FREE for collection
Other concessions are available.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/paula-rego-the-sketchbooks

Image of a pencil drawing showing interlocking geometric shapes

An Architect’s Eye: The Peter Collymore Gift

  • 18 October 2017 — 11 February 2018 *on now

A view of Modern British art through the eyes of the architect Peter Collymore, who designed the Library for the Britten-Pears Foundation and whose collection has recently been gifted to Pallant House Gallery. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures by Eileen Agar, Antony Caro, Prunella Clough, John Piper and Pablo Picasso.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE admission to the ground floor including the De’Longhi Print Room, Studio, Garden Gallery and Courtyard. An admission charge applies to the upstairs galleries which supports the Gallery, a registered charity, in all its work.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/delonghi-print-room/an-architectas-eye--the-peter-collymore-gift

Image of a somewhat abstract oil painting of a green valley made with thick strokes of a paintbrush in tones of green and brown,

Spirit in the Mass: Bomberg’s Legacy

  • 21 October 2017 — 4 February 2018

A display celebrating David Bomberg’s radical influence on the young artists he taught at the Borough Polytechnic between 1945 and 1953, including Dinora Mendelson, Dennis Creffield, Lilian Holt, Leslie Marr and Leon Kossoff. Whilst some exhibited together as the Borough Group, others were influenced by his belief in capturing the pure essence of a subject, which he called the ‘spirit of the mass’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE admission to the ground floor including the De’Longhi Print Room, Studio, Garden Gallery and Courtyard. An admission charge applies to the upstairs galleries which supports the Gallery, a registered charity, in all its work.
Adults £12.50
Under 16s, Students (NUS) FREE
Carers FREE
Friends FREE
Tuesdays £6.50
Thursday evenings (5–8pm) £6.50*
* FREE for collection
Other concessions are available.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/spirit-in-the-mass-bombergas-legacy

Image showing a painting of figures dressed in red sitting around a balcony looking towards the right of the picture. Below them in the bottom right corner of the picture are more seated figures dressed in mustard yellow coats and wearing grey top hats.

Bomberg

  • 21 October 2017 — 4 February 2018

A major review of the life and career of David Bomberg (1890 – 1957), revered as one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century. Taught by Walter Sickert and part of the Slade School of Art’s ‘golden generation’, Bomberg in turn taught artists including Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, inspiring the formation of the Borough Group in 1946.

Through over 70 works, the exhibition offers a chance to reassess Bomberg’s stylistic evolution, which started with a trip to Paris where he met Picasso, Derain and Modigliani. It explores key themes within the artist’s remarkable career, including engagement with his Jewish East End upbringing and with Yiddish culture, his contribution to pre-war British modernism and his role as a war artist in both World Wars which saw the development of a more figurative and expressionist style. It also illustrates his achievements in landscape painting, in particular those created in Spain and Palestine, and as a graphic artist, alongside a rich sequence of self-portraits and portraits of friends and family.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death, the exhibition is curated by Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery and draws upon the significant holdings of Bomberg’s work held by both institutions, alongside loans from major public and private collections. After Chichester, it tours to The Laing Art Gallery and Ben Uri during 2018. It will be accompanied by an illustrated monograph.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE admission to the ground floor including the De’Longhi Print Room, Studio, Garden Gallery and Courtyard. An admission charge applies to the upstairs galleries which supports the Gallery, a registered charity, in all its work.
Adults £12.50
Under 16s, Students (NUS) FREE
Carers FREE
Friends FREE
Tuesdays £6.50
Thursday evenings (5–8pm) £6.50*
* FREE for collection
Other concessions are available.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/bomberg1/bomberg

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.

Creative Space

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

Talk: The Spirit of the Mass

  • 2 November 2017 6-7pm

Discover how Bomberg searched for what he described as ‘the spirit in the mass’ in this hour-long talk delivered by award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator, Richard Cork. Followed by a complimentary glass of wine. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 (Students £9, Friends £8.50) Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

0–4 years: Tape Marks

  • 3 November 2017 10:15am-12:15pm

Looking at Bomberg for inspiration, together we’ll be marking out and measuring the space we occupy. Using coloured and textured papers, tape and our bodies as a reference point. Children must be accompanied. Led by Kate Reynolds. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

FREE. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Talk: David Bomberg’s Teaching and his Pupils

  • 9 November 2017 6-7pm

Join historian Kate Aspinall in this hour-long talk exploring Bomberg’s teaching and its influence on the practices of canonical figures in British 20th century art. Followed by a complimentary glass of wine. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 (Students £9, Friends £8.50) Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

5–8 years: Modelling Beasts

  • 11 November 2017 10:15am-12:15pm

Explore Laura Ford’s courtyard beasts in this clay-based workshop. Create your own small beastly head to take home. Children must be accompanied. Led by Kat Owen. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per child. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Adult Workshop: Drawing as a Way of Thinking

  • 12 November 2017 1-4pm

Looking at the Gallery buildings and garden space, sketch and draw onto paper, board and concertina books, exploring new materials and techniques. Led by Claire Westwood.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£17 Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Curator's Tour: Bomberg

  • 15 November 2017 11:30am-12:30pm

Take a guided tour of ‘Bomberg’ with co-curators, Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall. Discover the profound developments in the artist’s own work as well as his significant achievements within the context of British Modernism. Booking essential. Meet at reception.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.50 (Students £3) plus admission. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Film Screening: Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

  • 16 November 2017 6-7pm

A unique insight into the life and work of celebrated painter Paula Rego, directed by her son Nick Willing. The film will be introduced by Nick Willing and combines a huge archive of home movies, family photographs and interviews spanning 60 years. 90 minutes. Followed by a complimentary glass of wine. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 (Students £9, Friends £8.50). Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

15–25 years: (Un)fair is (Un)fair

  • 18 November 2017 1:30-3:30pm

Inspired by the Guerrilla Girls, a radical feminist female artist group, dig into the detail of Pallant House Gallery. How diverse are the staff? Are most of the artworks by white men? Is that a problem? Screen print posters to show your findings. Led by Adam J B Walker. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

FREE. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Study Session: David Bomberg and the Whitechapel Boys

  • 22 November 2017 11am-1:30pm

Explore Bomberg’s place among his Jewish artist peers, including the so-called ‘Whitechapel Boys’. Led by the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum and co-curators of ‘Bomberg’ Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall. Includes book signing and refreshments. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£35 includes admission. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Family Activity: One Story

  • 25 November 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 9 December 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 6 January 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 20 January 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Join us for our family drop-in activity in the creative studio. We’ll be creating a large scale storyboard using props, inspired by the Paula Rego drawings. Led by Claire Westwood. No need to book.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Pallant Proms

  • 25 November 2017 12-1pm
  • 27 January 2018 12-1pm

Our partnership with the Royal College of Music continues with recitals by senior students and recent graduates performed on the Gallery’s concert-grade Bösendorfer piano. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE with admission. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

9+ years: Zoetrope Racehorses

  • 26 November 2017 1:15pm

Be inspired by David Bomberg’s painting ‘Racehorses’ to create your own magical zoetrope using cardboard, paper and glue. Led by Zoe Scammell. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per child. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

0–4 years: Gestural Drawing

  • 1 December 2017 10:15am-12:15pm

Come and explore the world of gestural drawing. Work together to create a giant drawing, playing with a variety of materials including charcoal. Please come prepared to get messy. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Led by Jenny Staff. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

FREE. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Art Library Book Sale

  • 8 December 2017 11am-3pm

Pick up a bargain at our Art Library book sale raising vital funds for future library acquisitions. Cash or cheque only. Be green and bring your own bag.

Admission

FREE

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Adult Workshop: Animated Expressions

  • 10 December 2017 1-4pm

Taking inspiration from the colours, textures, shapes and marks seen in our Abstract Expressionist works. This workshop will introduce the process of stop frame animation. Led by Kate Reynolds. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£17 Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

5–8 years: Terrific Totes

  • 13 January 2018 10:15am-12:15pm

Using the bold and colourful work of the artist Terry Frost, create a colourful design to screen print onto a mini tote bag. Led by Helen Peters. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per child. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Adult Workshop: Painting with Chance

  • 14 January 2018 1-4pm

Do you want to find a way to just get started? Using watercolours and responding to work from our collection, explore the use and element of chance to stimulate new ideas and move away from your comfort zone. Led by Kate Boucher. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£17. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Film Screening: David Bomberg: Prophet in No Man’s Land

  • 18 January 2018 6-7:15pm

Exploring the life and work of Bomberg from his beginnings as a Jewish immigrant growing up in London’s East End to his time as a teacher where he influenced a generation of artists, including the members of the Borough Group. Presented by British art historian, Andrew Graham-Dixon. 59 minutes. Followed by a complimentary glass of wine. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 (Students £9, Friends £8.50). Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Guided Tour: Paula Rego: The Sketchbooks

  • 19 January 2018 10:30-11:30am

Take a guided tour of ‘Paula Rego: The Sketchbooks’ with Gallery Guide Michaela Cranmer. Examine Paula Rego’s remarkable draughtsmanship as well as the development of her ideas. Meet at reception. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.50 (Students £3) plus admission. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

15–25 years: Abstract Expression Colour and Line

  • 25 January 2018 4:30-6:30pm

Play with colour and let your imagination go free working on a large scale with paint using clothes and fingers. Let the canvas tip and the paint drip. Add layers of detail with brushes and pens, dip pen and inks. Led by Claire Westwood. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

FREE. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Talk: Paula Rego’s Drawings

  • 25 January 2018 6-7pm

Discover how the practice of drawing has always been central to the work of Paula Rego in this hour-long talk delivered by Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator at the National Gallery, London. Followed by a complimentary glass of wine. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 (Students £9, Friends £8.50) Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

9+ years: P is for Paolozzi

  • 28 January 2018 1:15-3:15pm

Make a sculpture like Eduardo Paolozzi by using what other people throw away. Bring a shoebox packed with small boxes, tubes, lids or old discs. Led by Janet Sang. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per child. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

0–4 years: Building Bridges

  • 2 February 2018 10:15am-12:15pm

Explore how to transform a space through building bridges. Join us in a group challenge to create dynamic three-dimensional connections across the whole room. Led by Jenny Staff. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

FREE. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

Adult Workshop: Winter Landscape

  • 11 February 2018 1-4pm

Work with winter imagery in an impressionist painting style in this landscape-based workshop reflecting the American painter Thomas Buford Meteyard's close links to Monet at Giverny. Led by Sue Halloway. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£17. Contact 01243 774557/info@pallant.org.uk to book.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk

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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