United Kingdom

9 North Pallant
West Sussex
PO19 1TJ

Pallant House Gallery

The Gallery of Modern Art in the South, Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of a Queen Anne townhouse and a contemporary building holding one of the best collections of 20th century British art in the world.

The Gallery first opened to the public in 1982 following the original bequest of Dean Walter Hussey.

It was the condition of his bequest that the Queen Anne townhouse (built around 1712) be converted from Council offices into a Gallery of Modern art. Supporters of the proposal were known as the Friends of Pallant House and continue to support the Gallery.

There are three major bequests – the original one made by Dean Walter Hussey, one from Charles Kearley in 1985 and most recently the collection of Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson, best known as the architect of British Library.

The bequests give Pallant House Gallery one of the best collections of Modern British art in the country with works by almost every significant British artist of the 20th century including Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, John Piper and Graham Sutherland.

The Gallery re-opened in July 2006 with a contemporary new wing designed by Long and Kentish architects in association with Professor Wilson.

New facilities include an art reference library, a studio for workshops, conservation and artists in residence, a designated room for showing works on paper and a courtyard garden by the award winning Christopher Bradley-Hole.

The Bookshop specialises in titles on Modern British Art and includes new, out-of-print and remaindered books. A range of artist's books, postcards, ... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

Pallant House Gallery has an extensive exhibition programme including international touring exhibitions and print room shows. The permanent collection includes important works by amongst others; Auerbach, Blake, Bomberg, Caulfield, Freud, Hamilton, Hodgkin, Nicholson, Moore, Paolozzi, Piper, Sickert and Sutherland.

The Bookshop specialises in titles on Modern British Art and includes new, out-of-print and remaindered books. A range of artist's books, postcards, catalogues, stationary and artists' multiples and prints is also available including work by Peter Blake, Paul Catherall, Langlands and Bell and Susie MacMurray.


Modern British Art: The First 100 Years (ongoing)
The inaugural exhibition for the re-opening of the Gallery, this ongoing exhibiiton is based on the outstanding permanent collections at the Gallery. It provids a chronological survey of British art in the 20th century.

Colin St John Wilson: Collector and Architect (9 February-8 June 2008), commemorating the life and work of Colin St John "Sandy" Wilson (1922-2007), this retrospective celebrates Wilson's legacy through his architectural achievements and outstanding collection of twentieth century British art amassed over a lifetime and given to Pallant House Gallery through the Art Fund in 2004.

The Artist at Work: William Coldstream and Michael Andrews (19 January-11 May 2008), based on Colin St John Wilson's book detailing his experience of sitting for both artists, this exhibition draws on the Wilson Collection to highlight the working practices of Coldstream (1908-87) and Andrews (1928-95).

Contemporary Scottish Artists: Recent Acquisitions from the Golder-Thompson Gift (22 January-30 march 2008), the collection provides an overview of the wealth of talent emerging from the Scottish art scools and leading printmaking studios including the Glasgow Print Studio and Edimburgh Printmakers.

From Durer to Manet: Prints and Drawings from the Collection (1 April-15 June 2008), although Walter hussey is celebrated for commissioning and collecting the work of modern artists such as Moore, Piper ans Sutherland, his private collection also included exquisite Old Master prints and drawings.

Previous Exhibitions

The Wonderful Fund: Art for the New Millennium
(7 October 2006 - 7 January 2007)
A collection of international visual art by more than 64 artists including Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Julian Opie and Tracey Emin.

Art for the Classroom: School Prints 1946-49 (9 January - 25 March 2007)
The School Prints, published in the 1940s, were a remarkable series of colour lithographs, editioned in large numbers and sold at a low cost to schools throughout the UK. The prints enabled school children to encounter original works of art, by leading British and European artists, in their own classrooms. Artists included Hans Feibusch, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, John Nash, Julian Trevelyan, John Tunnard, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. This exhibition in the Prints Room at the Gallery showcases a fascinating selection of these unique prints.

William Roberts: England at Play
(20 January - 18 March 2007) An exhibition focusing on Robert's concern with the leisure pursuits of the English working class.

Bomberg and the Borough Group (27 January – 1 April 2007)
An exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of David Bomberg’s death in 1957. It showcases an intriguing selection works by the artist, who was one of the most significant figures in British art, including paintings from the Gallery’s own holdings, including ‘Ronda Bridge’ (1924) and ‘Last Self-Portrait’ (1956), together with works by some of the artists Bomberg taught whilst at the Borough Polytechnic in London, such as Dennis Creffield and Leslie Marr.

Poets in the Landscape: The Romantic Spirit in British Art(31 March - 10 June 2007)
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Forthcoming exhibitions

Colin Self: Art in the Nuclear Age (21 June-12 October 2008), Colin Self was a leading figure in the 1960s British Pop movement and one of the first British artists to explore Cold War politics and the nuclear threat. Described by Richard Hamilton as the "best draughtsman in England since William Blake", this exhibition, the first ever retrospective of his work, includes his powerful prints, paintings, collages and sculptures from 1960 to the present day.

Eileen Agar (25 October 2008-15 March 2009),was a lyrical and imaginative painter who managed to retain her own identity even when in the overpowering company of Picasso and despite being pigeon-holed as a Surrealist. She was a talented photographer, an inspired collagist and occasional object-maker. Her artistic roots were in Cubism and Abstraction as much as in the native British Romanticism which found such exuberant expression for a few years in Surrealism.

Opening hours

Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Thursdays: 10am-8pm
Sundays/Bank Holiday Mondays: 12.30pm-5pm
Mondays: CLOSED

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