Visitors can enjoy Pallant House Gallery’s world-class Collection of Modern British Art and some of the special temporary exhibitions for FREE at the Family Open Day on Saturday 28 April, as well as take part in a range of family friendly activities in aid of the innovative Community Programme.
There will also be the chance to sample FREE coffee courtesy of De'Longhi, the Headline Sponsor of the Gallery for 2012.
Led by local artists, the family-friendly activities will include sketching, badge-making and face painting, as well as craft stalls selling unique handmade products. Proceeds will go towards Pallant House Gallery's innovative Community Programme which provides a series of meaningful and long term engagement opportunities for members of the community. Previous Open Days have successfully attracted over 1000 visitors each and raised over £2000 in funds.
As well as the Gallery's permanent Collections, visitors will also be able to wander freely through some of the special temporary exhibitions including ‘The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre: A Celebration' (until 10 June). Timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic local landmark, the exhibition features rare costumes, designs and stage set models from the early years by some of the biggest names in theatre design. Assembled within a specially-constructed installation of Oaklands Park complete with astro-turf and bunny rabbits, the exhibition will appeal to even the youngest visitors.
Other free exhibitions include a display of photographic portraits of the late great painter Lucian Freud by his long-time friend and studio assistant, ‘David Dawson: Working with Lucian Freud (until 20 May 2012); and a De'Longhi Print Room show of the Sussex-based book artist and Print maker Ron King (until 18 June ). The Open Day will also offer visitors a chance to see the major exhibition Keith Vaughan: Romanticism to Abstraction for half price (£3.75 adults).
A broad range of seasonal food and refreshments will be available to buy at the critically-acclaimed Field & Fork at Pallant House Gallery. The Gallery Bookshop will also be open to visitors all day.