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Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Categories: Art Galleries, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 150 reviews on the web
Pallant House Gallery is an art gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, England. It houses one of the best collections of 20th century British art in the world.The Gallery's collection is founded on works left to the city of Chichester by Walter Hussey in 1977, on his retirement from the position as Dean of Chichester Cathedral which he held from 1955. Hussey's collection included works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, John Piper, Ceri Richards and Graham Sutherland. Hussey stipulated that the collection must be shown in Pallant House, a Grade 1 listed Queen Anne townhouse built in 1712 for wine merchant Henry "Lisbon" Peckham and his wife Elizabeth. It is a fine, brick-built building with large windows, with stone ostriches from the Peckham family arms guarding the entrance gateway, and a fine oak staircase inside. Its urbane design from a London architect was the subject of a suit in Chancery, for William Smart, mason of Chichester, provided a design about 1711, but the Peckhams went to London and obtained another design, designated "the London modell" in court papers. The architect was not identified. The building had been used as Council offices since 1919. The building was restored in 1979, and the gallery opened in 1982. It has been managed by an independent trust since 1985.
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  • The various themes / artists are inspiring and well presented. Although I am not a keen art fan, it was a most enjoyable visit. 
  • Chichester best kept secret, Fantastic Food and Service, Try for yourself ....Lovely early evening supper.. 
  • This is a very interesting, ever changing gallery which is well worth a visit. I have seen several special exhibitions here and have been to an evening talk. Although I live near Chichester I often fo...  read more »
  • Exceptional venue, which we continue to enjoy after umpteen visits. Recently, the John Piper exhibition was an absolute delight, and everything last year about the Spanish Civil War - talks, artwork and commemoration still resonates amazingly. The volunteers and staff are awesome and the setting sublime. And, after each wonderful experience, a visit to the bookshop is a "must." What's not to like? Thank you. John Boulton and Cecily Hughes.
  • This gallery is a gem - small enough so as not to necessitate a whole day's viewing, yet so full of interest (especially with additional exhibitions) that nobody would be disappointed. If you visit on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, you can feel even more happy knowing you've grabbed yourself a bargain. And the shop is brilliant.
  • Very good gallery with variety of artwork. John Piper exhibition when I visited.
  • Always interesting .Recent highlights;Burra ,Paolozzi, Kitaj.
  • Extraordinary BLend of an Historic WineMerchants House,(known locally as The Do-Do House because of the Beast Edifices astride the Gate) has original works by George Romney and William Hogarth,supplemented by Chichester Cathedral Bequest of The Amberley Panels which were decorations for a Royal visit by Henry VIII to Chichester,a bust of King Charles I These unique items and this Do-Do building a few minutes walk from the Cathedral are located at the Cruciform Intersection of the North,East,West,South Pallant Lanes are novel enough for inclusion in a visit to Hot Cross Bun called because of the encircling thoroughfares centred on the Bishop Storey Market ( typical of the arabian souk "Shopping Malls" copied by Crusaders) And the nearby St Mary's Hospital which is an almshouse also dating from Crusader Era and an amazing unique boat-hull original construct. This Historic Novelty of The Do-Do House is now Paralleled by an Experiment House. One of Britain's Best Architects of the Second Millennium Closure Period. StJohnWilson has,like the Crusaders and Sir Christopher Wren,incorporated RIBA design which has produced The Gherkin and The Shard on more massive scales. Yes the BLend of Mediaeval and Modern are Melded and to time travel across more than 1,000 years and still be centred in the 21st century with sense of historic experiment modernity has got to be experienced in person. The Third Component is now Evolving as again a Unique British Invention incorporating a Southern Counties BLend of European ideas of Modern Art and Education is now Established. The last twenty years have witnessed a Virulent Passion for exploring Expression of Concepts by Enfringed Artists in This Extraordinary Art Gallery of Pallant House. 70 miles South of London,midway between Brighton's Avant Garde and Southampton Harbour City gateway to The Western Counties, there is an Educational Organisation that inspires like Tate Modern to Create Creationists. This Design School has the twentieth century bundled with Enthusiasm to Create Art into the coming centuries Link to Outside In and the Jaqui Lawson sites and witness Naive and Finesse Styles coexisting to empower everyone of us in emotional and scientific expression.
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