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Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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Community Programme

Our Community Programme is just one of the ways in which we can support everyone's creative journey.

Our Community Programme enables everyone to experience a creative life on their terms.

Leading a creative life has tremendously positive benefits. Our Community Programme provides nearly 200 people who have a range of support needs with meaningful, long-term opportunities to be creative. We offer a supportive and welcoming environment to ensure everyone feels comfortable and able to express creativity in whatever way they like.

Whether it’s learning a new technique, working on personal art projects, or talking about art in a friendly and supportive environment there is a way to be involved. We encourage and support individuals to access our opportunities in a way that best suits them.


Support our Community Programme

Our Community Programme is supported entirely through donations. Your support, at any level, will make a difference.

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Scroll down to find out more about our workshops and activities or click the links below to find out how you can join or volunteer with the Community Programme.

Join the Community Programme

Become a Community Programme volunteer

If you have any other questions, please get in touch via


My concentration and motor skills have improved. I am more willing to try new experiences. Being part of the programme is like going home, I feel I belong.

Community Programme participant

Regular Community Programme Workshops

Our Studio workshops are taking place again – please contact  Jenny Oldham for more details (07788 489 536 or

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Studio Sessions

Members can work on a personal project with the support of an artist facilitator in our weekly pre-booked sessions. There are three sessions on Mondays and one on Wednesday afternoon.

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Art in Practice

On Thursday mornings our artist facilitators encourage members to try new techniques, often inspired by our collection and exhibitions programme. These sessions are ideal for individuals who require a more supportive environment.

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Pallant Community Workshops

Led by artist educators, our Thursday afternoon sessions offer members the opportunity to learn new techniques over three consecutive weeks, creating work in response the current exhibitions.

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Creative Conversations

An opportunity to look at and discuss selected art works in the gallery. Open to all and dementia friendly. Held on the first Thursday morning of every month.

Local partnerships and visits

We love to work collaboratively with local organisations and have a number of ongoing projects and partnerships with Chichester Cathedral, St Richards Hospital Chichester and the University of Chichester.

We also go on regular trips to local organisations such as the Weald and Downland Living Museum, Chichester Harbour and London galleries.


There is a real community spirit, where people know you and look out for each other.

Community Programme participant

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Partners in Art

Partners in Art provides opportunities for people to access the art world on an equal footing, with a volunteer partner who shares their passion. The focus is on art, not people’s disability or support needs, and for those involved it can be an important life-changing opportunity.

Started in 2002, Partners in Art has supported over 300 people to explore their art interest. For many this has led to feeling more confident, less isolated and provided the opportunity to develop an established creative practice.

Each partnership is different and unique to the people in it, with Partners in Art meeting at the Gallery as well as out and about. Partnerships can last for as long as the partners like, with the majority staying together for three to four years.


Become a Partners in Art volunteer

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Pallant House Community Arts Award

We are launching a new Arts Award in September 2022!

Arts Award is a creative arts programme open to young people of all abilities and is a recognized national qualification so great for your CV. The Pallant House Community Arts Award is particularly aimed at young people aged 18-25 that would benefit from extra support to achieve the award.

You will explore the work of artists, experiment with different techniques and develop and share your creative skills to build your own portfolio of work. The sessions are run by a trained Arts Award Adviser in a friendly and supportive studio space with full access to the gallery exhibitions. After the course there will be an opportunity to join the Gallery’s well-established Community Programme.

We are looking for new participants to start in September 2022, if you are interested in finding out more please contact Helen Peters on

Taster sessions: Thursday 23rd June and Thursday 30th June at 16.30 – 18.30.

To find out more about Arts Award, please go to 

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Free annual pass for community groups

If you’re a local community group, you could be eligible for our free Access to Art Pass

The Access to Art Pass pass gives the groups free access to the Gallery. It enables members of local community groups to take full advantage of having one of the best Modern British art galleries in the country on their doorstep.

If you are interested in applying for the Access to Art Pass on behalf of your group please contact us.