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.
Painting showing a woman wearing a green cloak and a hat made of tulips bending over to lift a glass box

Evelyn Dunbar: The Lost Works

  • 3 October 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

A remarkable collection of lost works by WW2 Official War Artist Evelyn Dunbar (1906 – 1960) goes on show for the first time, including highlights from an extraordinary hoard of previously unrecorded work discovered in the attic of a Kent Coast house.

Included in the exhibition are other important rediscovered, unseen or rarely seen works by Dunbar from public and private collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply


Watercolour painting showing a black and brown dachshund sitting on a bright pink cushion

David Remfry: We Think the World of You

  • 21 October — 13 December 2015 *on now

A selection of drawings of people with their dogs by British artist David Remfry RA, taken from the newly published book We Think The World of You, published by the Royal Academy which features well-known faces including Alan Cumming, Susan Sarandon, Ethan Hawke and philanthropist Agnes Gund. The exhibition includes a selection from the series which started 10 years ago in New York when Remfry, a resident of the infamous Chelsea Hotel, started to explore the relationship between friends and their dogs through evocative pencil and watercolour portraits.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Watercolour painting showing rolling hills and trees

David Jones: Vision and Memory

  • 24 October 2015 — 1 February 2016 *on now

The visionary artist and poet David Jones (1895–1974) was that rare thing, a complete artist, one who produced wholly original work in both the visual arts and literature.

He was an exceptional draughtsman, an engraver, painter, and poet of note, and maker of beautiful and idiosyncratic inscriptions. Anything he turned his hand to drew remarkable talent from within him, and he was widely admired both as an artist and a writer. Within the orbit of Eric Gill he became arguably the greatest wood engraver of the twentieth century, then in 1928 Ben Nicholson, struck by the originality of his early paintings, invited him to join the 7and 5 Society (members included Cedric Morris, Winifred Nicholson and Christopher Wood). Kenneth Clark, who in 1936 thought him ‘in many ways, the most gifted of all the young British painters’, by the late 1960s considered him ‘absolutely unique – a remarkable genius’.

The exhibition at Pallant House Gallery collects together some 80 works from throughout his creative life, ranging from early sketches from the trenches of the Western Front to his late, great chalice paintings and inscriptions, in a timely reassessment of his position in twentieth-century British art. Given that many of his finest paintings were executed in delicate washes of watercolour, a medium very difficult to reproduce in print, they will surely be a revelation when seen together here.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Photograph showing a white wall with a white vitrine displaying white cylindrical vessels behind frosted glass

Edmund de Waal: if we attend

  • 24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

British artist Edmund de Waal encountered the art and poetry of David Jones at Kettle’s Yard while studying English at The University of Cambridge. When he later started working with porcelain, it was Jones’ work that profoundly influenced his approach to making.

‘if we attend’ (2015), a white, wall-mounted vitrine with translucent glazing and 16 porcelain vessels, is a new piece produced especially for the David Jones exhibition. It references the calming slowing down effect of these words in the second line of Jones’s poem The Anathemata: ‘We already and first of all discern him making this thing other. His groping syntax, if we attend, already shapes…’. The work, displayed alongside two other porcelain works – ‘in the north north east’ (2014) and ‘thirteen circles’ (2014) - will be accompanied by a series of poems by David Jones, creating a contemplative space reflecting the nature of the work. De Waal’s new book The White Road, published by Chatto & Windus, launches this autumn.

The works in this exhibition have kindly been lent by the artist’s studio and the New Art Centre. For further information on his exhibition ‘the lost and the found: works from Orkney’ at the New Art Centre and available artworks by Edmund de Waal, please visit the New Art Centre website.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £9 / £10
Children (Up to 16 yrs) Free
Art Fund Members £4.50 / £5.50
Students £5.50 / £6
Jobseekers, Carer, DLA, ESA, Museum Association, ICOM Free
See website for further details


Painting of a shirtless man sitting at a desk with his chin in his right hand

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

  • 30 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

Highlights from the biennial Ruth Borchard Prize exhibition, run by Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection in conjunction with Pallant House Gallery. Focusing on self-portraits by new and established artists, the exhibition celebrates contemporary British and Irish self-portraiture and follows on from the Gallery’s exhibition of the Ruth Borchard Collection in autumn 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age


An abstract painting with geometric shapes, predominately in green and red

Community Programme Fundraising Art Exhibition

  • 24 November 2015 — 31 January 2016 *on now

A vibrant and diverse array of artwork donated by members of the Community Programme will be on sale to raise funds to support many aspects of the Community Programme including Partners in Art and the Pallant Creative Collective.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ



General Enquiries


01243 774557


01243 536038

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