Forget the Tate or the Saatchi; Pallant House Gallery is the South Coast’s very own masterpiece. Inside the simplistic concrete hub proudly stands an enviable collection of 20th century and contemporary art that gives London’s galleries a run for their money. This Grade 1 listed town house dates from 1712, although as it's the home of modern art in the south, its contents are more contemporary in style.
It all started with the personal collection of Walter Hussey, the dean of Chichester Cathedral, and since then Pallant House has expanded to blend an historic house and modern art gallery – complete with an award-winning contemporary wing.
Their displays have grown over the past 30 years to include a notable permanent collection from figures such as Henry Moore and Charles Kearley, along with an ever- changing selection of engaging and distinctive temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection boasts some of the best British modern art in the UK, giving Pallant House year-round appeal for visitors looking to find impressive and important paintings and sculptures. Visitors on a Thursday evening can enjoy extended opening hours for a programme of events that includes talks and concerts in the gallery’s Lecture Room.
Alongside the permanent collection, other temporary exhibitions add interest and imagination throughout the year.
Pallant House has not only a gallery, but also a shop offering a selection of books and rare prints, and don't miss Pallant restaurant. With seasonal dishes, light lunches and a bit of a reputation as a celebrity favourite, the restaurant is styled in a modern fashion to match the contemporary artwork.
Situated in central Chichester, Pallant House is close to the train station and all that the historic city centre has to offer. Along with the cathedral, restaurants, boutiques and parks, the gallery is one of Chichester’s favourite attractions. Surrounded by the countryside of the South Downs, it’s a cultural day out for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy dynamic and celebrated artwork in the heart of Sussex.
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