Families can fight the back to school blues with free entry to one of the country’s best collections of Modern British Art on Saturday 3 September and discounted entry to some of the temporary exhibitions. The Open Day will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the impressive permanent collections which include works by Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso and Walter Sickert as well as a range of family- friendly activities in aid of Pallant House Gallery’s innovative community programme
Fundraising events include face-painting, portraits and badge making in the studio as well as a grand summer raffle. Tickets are just £1 and provide the chance to win two luxurious prizes courtesy of Pallant House Gallery Headline sponsors De'Longhi: a PrimaDonna coffee machine (worth £1000) and a Kenwood Chef Titanium (worth £500). The raffle will be drawn at 4pm by Marc Steene, Head of Learning at Pallant House Gallery and Nigel Wainwright, Managing Director of De' Longhi UK.
Other free activities on Saturday include a free focus on the collection talk at 2pm and free De'Longhi coffee tasting in the Galleria.
As well as the Gallery's permanent Collections, visitors will also be able to wander freely through some of the temporary exhibitions including Anna Fox: RESORT (until 2 October), a display of specially-commissioned new photographs of neighbouring Butlins, Bognor Regis, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic holiday resorts; and The George and Ann Dannatt Gift (until 25 September) a highlights display from a remarkable new addition to the Gallery's permanent Collection including works by the St Ives artists Patrick Heron, and Ben Nicholson.
Visitors will also be able to explore the summer blockbuster show Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera (until 9 October) for just £2.50 (children £1.25, Friends free). The major touring exhibition is in Chichester for its only UK showing and pairs Rivera and Kahlo's work for the first time ever in the UK.
Previous Open Days this year have attracted over 1000 visitors each and raised £2000 worth of funds.