Pallant House Gallery's pioneering Learning and Community Programme provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore their enjoyment of art.
Over many years the Gallery has sought to offer a meaningful and long term engagement to those members of its local community that would like to be involved with it. This has developed through a series of opportunities that allow individuals to enter into the Gallery's programmes in a way that is tailored to meet their needs and to focus the offer on enabling their aspirations. There is an avoidance of labelling and a focus on delivering projects and programmes that enable a broad range of people to access the Gallery.
"It enriches the culture of the Gallery and the lives of those who work in it and visit it."
Over the past ten years there has been a gradual evolving of a series of principles and a shared set of core values for working with people on the Learning and Community programme:
- To treat everyone fairly and equally
- To recognise that everyone is entitled to a creative life
- To respect the individual and their creativity in whatever form it is presented
- To support the growth and development of people in a way that is best suited to them and their creativity
- To direct people towards what is most appropriate for their development whether at the Gallery or beyond
"The work of the Learning and Community Programme as a whole is key to the success and appreciation of Pallant House Gallery."
The innovative work carried out in the Learning and Community Programme at Pallant House Gallery has been widely recognised and acclaimed by The Adapt Award for Excellence in Access for its work with people with disabilities, the awarding of the Gulbenkian Prize for the museum of the year 2007 and the Partners in Art scheme was commended in the Museums and Heritage Awards as an example of innovative education practice. Recently Outside In, one of the programme's flagship project won a prestigious Charity Award in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage category.
With thanks to the following supporters:
Chichester District Council
Gerald Micklem Trust
Hall Hunter Foundation