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

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.
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Clare Woods and Des Hughes: The Sleepers

  • 6 March — 5 June 2016 *on now

New paintings by Clare Woods (b.1972) with sculptures by Des Hughes (b.1970) created in response to key Modern British artworks in the Gallery’s collection by Paul Nash, Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as the celebrated Arundel Tomb in Chichester Cathedral. The exhibition includes a monumental painting by Woods, a major new contemporary art commission for the stairwell of the 18th century townhouse.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/clare-woods-and-des-hughes-the-sleepers

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Yarnbombing: The Octopus’ Garden

  • 12 March — 12 June 2016 *on now

See Pallant House Gallery’s garden covered in colourful knitting and crochet creations produced during drop-in workshops in late 2015, facilitated by Outside In artist and Ambassador Julia Oak and supported by a team of volunteers. Workshops were held with community groups in and around Chichester, including Aldingbourne Creative Art Studio, Aldingbourne Earthworks, Chichester Lunch Club, Pallant House Gallery’s Community Programme, Starburst Arts and The Boys Club.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/courtyard-gallery/yarnbombing-the-octopusa-garden

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Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making

  • 12 March — 12 June 2016 *on now

‘Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making’ combines Outside In’s fourth triennial open art exhibition and Craftspace’s touring exhibitions programme. It showcases UK creativity by artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation, and who have submitted their work through the Outside In website.

The craft works selected through this open call out are displayed alongside pieces by historically renowned and invited contemporary Outsider and self-taught artists, focusing on the imagination and creativity of those facing barriers to the art world from the perspective of craft, making, materiality and tacit skill. The exhibition will launch at Pallant House Gallery, marking Outside In’s tenth birthday, before touring nationally.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/radical-craft-alternative-ways-of-making

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John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism

  • 12 March — 12 June 2016 *on now

John Piper was one of the leading Modern British artists of the 20thcentury, best known for his paintings of Britain’s romantic heritage including churches, country houses and wartime ruins. In the post-war period Piper was also noted for his work as an accomplished designer of theatre sets, stained glass windows, and textiles. Through over 80 works, this major exhibition is the first to focus on John Piper’s textile designs, exploring key motifs in the artist’s work such as historic architecture, abstract and religious imagery, as well as subjects explored in the final years of the artist’s life, such as foliate heads, sunflowers and the church at Long Sutton. Shown alongside related paintings and other studies the exhibition demonstrates how Piper’s designs were intricately connected with his wider work.

Piper’s textile designs included furnishing fabrics for the post-war home for companies including Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd, scarves for Asher, ecclesiastical garments, and tapestries created for cathedrals and other public spaces. Marking the 50th anniversary of the installation of the artist’s celebrated altar tapestry in Chichester Cathedral, many of the studies for this important example of religious art will be shown alongside several of the Foliate Head tapestries woven to Piper’s designs at West Dean Tapestry Studio near Chichester. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new book by Simon Martin, with contributions by Frances Spalding.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/john-piper-the-fabric-of-modernism1

Christopher Wood

  • 2 July — 2 October 2016

This major summer exhibition is the first in 75 years to provide a comprehensive overview of the career of British artist Christopher Wood. It explores the life and art of a turbulent young painter as he navigated a path between the representational painting of the 1920s and the new style of abstraction of the following decade.

Along with Ben and Winifred Nicholson Wood developed a self-consciously unsophisticated style inspired in part by the untrained Cornish artist Alfred Wallis. However his understanding of naïve art was also uniquely influenced by his early exposure to the work of modernists in France such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh, who all drew upon Non-Western art and so-called ‘primitive' cultures. His addiction to opium, encouraged by his friendship with the writer and artist Jean Cocteau doubtlessly, fed into the direct and visionary quality of his later paintings.

The exhibition of over 80 works celebrates the magnitude of Wood's achievement during the ten years before his untimely death in 1930, aged just 29. Including paintings, set designs and drawings created on both sides of the channel, it also explores Wood's immense personal struggle as he juggled the conflict between the reserved sensibility of his English heritage and the hedonism of the Parisian avant-garde.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/christopher-wood

Classicism in Modern British Art

  • 22 October 2016 — 9 February 2017

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)

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/forthcoming-exhibitions/main-galleries/classicism-in-modern-british-art

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.

Making Sense of Modern British Art

  • 25 June 2016 11am-1:30pm
  • 30 July 2016 11am-1:30pm

An introduction to modern art in Britain places the Gallery's rich permanent collection into the context of artistic developments in Britain and Europe. A repeat of the sell-out course in summer 2015.

Sat 2 April
Modernism comes to Britain:
Sickert and the Camden Town Group

Sat 30 April
The art and scandalous lives of the Bloomsbury Group

Sat 28 May
Artistic responses to the Great War

Sat 25 June
Surrealism in Britain

Sat 30 July
Piper, Sutherland and the Neo-Romantics

To book an individual session or the full 5 session course please contact reception on 01243 774557 / info@pallant.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Full course £130 (Friends £100)
Individual session £30 (Friends £25)

Website

http://pallant.org.uk/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/art-courses/making-sense-of-modern-british-art

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Christopher Wood In Focus

  • 16 July 2016 11am-1:30pm
  • 19 July 2016 11am-1:30pm

Christopher 'Kit' Wood (1901-1930) was a talented British artist whose ambition and naïve representational style earned the admiration of many fellow British and European avant-garde artists including Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Wood was a pivotal figure in the development of Modernism in Britain in the 1920s, helping to lay the foundations for radical advancements in the 1930s. This study session will look at Wood’s life, friendships, artistic collaborations and his paintings, particularly focusing on the decade before his tragic death aged just 29.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£30 (Friends £25) including coffee and pastries

Website

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

Picasso In Focus

  • 17 September 2016 11am-1:30pm
  • 28 October 2016 11am-1:30pm

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+

Admission

£30 (Friends £25) including coffee and pastries

Website

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

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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