John Piper: The Fabric of ModernismJohn Piper: The Fabric of Modernism

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John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism Events

A programme of events for all ages to accompany the exhibition John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism. If you would like to book tickets to our events, please telephone the Gallery on 01243 774557 unless otherwise stated. The booking office is closed on Mondays.

John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism (Talk)

Thursday 31 March, 6pm

Simon Martin, Artistic Director and curator of the exhibition, explores how Piper designed eye-catching modern fabrics for the post-war home based on his images of architecture, foliate heads and sculpture and his fascinating process of working on major commissions such as the Chichester Tapestry. A book signing of the newly published catalogue will follow.

£10, £8.50 (Friends), £9 (Students)
A wine reception courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery Friends will follow each talk


John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism (Tour)

Thursday 21 April, 6pm

Gallery Guide Liz Walker leads a tour of the exhibition which is the first to focus on John Piper's textile designs, exploring key motifs in the artist's work such as historic architecture, abstract and religious imagery.

£5.50 (£3 students) plus admission


Sacred or superstitious? John Piper's involvement
with the Church (Talk)

Thursday 28 April, 6pm

The relationship between modern artists and the Church has greatly improved in recent years. Piper's biographer and art historian Frances Spalding looks at how his interests fed into his work for sacred buildings. Working in a predominantly secular age, but also at a time when the Liturgical Movement was introducing changes within worship and church architecture, he helped lessen the divide between modern art and the Church.

£10, £8.50 (Friends), £9 (Students) 
A wine reception courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery Friends will follow each talk


Texture, Architecture and Print (Sunday Art Class)

Sunday 1 May, 1–4pm

Use the vibrant textile designs of John Piper and the shapes and patterns of architectural detail as inspiration for your work. Experiment with colour, texture and block print to create a series of layered textile studies.

Learn a new technique, experiment with a range of mediums and discover the work of a highlighted artist or exhibition. All participants will be emailed a workshop information sheet prior to the workshop. Booking essential.

Led by Helen Peters
£17 (Booking essential)


Artist Designed Tapestries (Talk)

Thursday 12 May, 6pm

Tapestry artist and author Caron Penny discusses the creative history of tapestry and fine artists, referencing the Dovecot studios and West Dean Tapestry Studios. She will explore how designs by artists including Henry Moore, John Piper and Tracey Emin have been realised in tapestry.

£10, £8.50 (Friends), £9 (Students) 
A wine reception courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery Friends will follow each talk


John Piper In Focus (Art Course)

Saturday 14 May, 11am -1.30pm

John Piper (1903-1992) was a painter, printmaker and designer, depicting everything from cathedrals to churches, and cottages to coastlines, in a broad range of locations. This study session will reveal the diversity of this dazzling 20th century master, for whom there was no boundary an artist could not cross. Led by Alexandra Epps.

£30 (Friends £25) includes coffee and pastries
Book Online (Booking fees apply)


John Piper In Focus (Art Course)

Tuesday 17 May, 11am -1.30pm

John Piper (1903-1992) was a painter, printmaker and designer, depicting everything from cathedrals to churches, and cottages to coastlines, in a broad range of locations. This study session will reveal the diversity of this dazzling 20th century master, for whom there was no boundary an artist could not cross. Led by Alexandra Epps.

£30 (Friends £25) includes coffee and pastries
Book Online (Booking fees apply)


Architecture and Abstraction (Sunday Art Class)

Sunday 5 June, 1–4pm

John Piper was a Modernist artist with an interest in abstraction but like many of his contemporaries he also had a strong attachment to the English landscape and in particular its monuments and churches. Be inspired by the John Piper exhibition and create a work based on architectural forms using abstract shapes and vibrant colour.

Learn a new technique, experiment with a range of mediums and discover the work of a highlighted artist or exhibition. All participants will be emailed a workshop information sheet prior to the workshop. Booking essential.

Led by Tim Gwyther
£17


Foliage Family Portraits (Free Family Activity)

Saturday 14 May, 10.15am - 12.15pm

Explore the John Piper exhibition and see how many foliate heads you can spot! In the Studio we will take inspiration from the colourful and varied foliage faces you have seen. Working together create lovely leafy portraits of your family using mono print, block print and collage. At the end of the workshop you will have your own family foliate portraits to take home and display.

Holiday activities designed to encourage families to create together while having fun. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer willing to create. Please ensure you all wear suitable clothing. Booking essential.

Led by Cath Bristow
5-11 years +parent/carer. Free