Families can enjoy Pallant House Gallery’s world-class Collection of Modern British Art for free, as well as take part in a selection of family friendly activities in aid of the innovative Community Programme at the latest Family Open Day on Sunday 19 January.
From biscuit decorating to mask making, activities will be available from 12 - 4pm. There will also be the chance to sample free coffee courtesy of De'Longhi, the Headline Sponsor of the Gallery.
Taking place in the Studio from 12 - 4pm, there will be a free creative family drop in activity based on 'Sean Scully: Triptychs'; an exhibition bringing together major recent paintings by the artist as well as drawings and etchings in the triptych format. There is no need to book for any of the activities taking place, but children participating in the drop in activity in the Studio must be accompanied by a parent/carer who is willing to create.
As well as the Gallery's permanent Collections which include works by Peter Blake and Henry Moore, visitors will have the chance to see 'The Nicholsons and their Circle: The Mill House Collection' (until 1 February) for free. The exhibition of paintings and drawings explores the many and varied connections between members of the Nicholson family.
Also available for free is the first public exhibition to survey the career of British Pop Artist Pauline Boty; a leading figure in the movement in the 1960s until her death aged just 28. 'Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman' (until 9 February) follows Boty's artistic progression from her early experimentation with various media and demonstrates how her oeuvre enriches the male-dominated sphere of Pop Art with a female perspective.
Finally, you can catch 'Clare Leighton: Working Life' (until 24 February) in the De'Longhi print Room, which features over 50 wood engravings from the 1920s to the 1950s, including her powerful series of prints based on her experiences in a snow-bound Canadian lumber camp in 1931.
Entry to the 'Sean Scully: Triptychs' (until 26 January); the first exhibition to explore the artist's engagement with the triptych format, will be half price.
Throughout the day (11am - 5pm), there will be a Family Trail that visitors will be able to pick up from reception to help them navigate through the Historic House and the new Gallery wing, exploring and responding to the art work on the way.
Money raised through the activities and donations for the creative drop in will go towards Pallant House Gallery's innovative Community Programme which focuses on delivering projects and programmes that enable a broad range of people to access the gallery by offering meaningful and long term engagement.