Located in the heart of historic Chichester on the south coast, Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of a Grade One Listed Queen-Anne townhouse and an award-winning contemporary extension, housing one of the most significant collections of Modern British art in the country. The Gallery is widely acclaimed for its exceptional exhibitions and award-winning Learning and Community Programme which provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore their enjoyment of art.
Pallant House Gallery first opened as a public gallery of modern art in 1982 when the then Dean of Chichester Cathedral, Walter Hussey (1909-85) offered his private collection of Modern British art to the city of Chichester. In 2006, a new contemporary wing to the Gallery, designed by Long & Kentish architects in association with Colin St John Wilson, which quadrupled the Gallery’s exhibition space.
The Gallery’s collection of Modern British art is often referred to as a “collection of collections”. It tells the story of a number of private collections donated by individuals who generously donated their lifetimes’ labours to the Gallery for the benefit of the public. It includes work by artists such as Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, David Bomberg, Patrick Caulfield, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Piper, Walter Sickert and Graham Sutherland.