Pallant House Gallery’s pioneering Community Programme provides people with disabilities, health issues and those who are isolated with meaningful and long-term opportunities to increase their confidence and improve their health through their interest in art.
"The Gallery is her second home - she regards everybody as her friend and is known for just being herself. It's not about her disability - she feels on an equal footing." - Parent of a participant
Members of the Community programme can join one or more of the sessions or workshops on offer, and many journey through several sessions and schemes. Each activity contains the name of an individual member of staff who will provide information and guidance about joining. Do be aware that there are waiting lists for some studio sessions.
Members of the Community programme are eligible for a Community Card, which allows free entry to the Gallery for one year for people involved in Pallant House Gallery's Community programme.
In 2016 Pallant House Gallery commissioned an independent evaluation of the social impact of the Community Programme, evidencing its innovative work in the field of community engagement and social inclusion. The complete report is downloadable here.
"M is diagnosed with Aspergers and is autistic, he also has a diagnosis of Schizophrenia. All these labels instantly set him at a disadvantage. When people see this they often say they are unable or choose not to offer him a service/activity. So the staff and volunteers at Pallant House Gallery are terrific." - Support Worker for M.