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Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
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Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
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.


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

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


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Creating Community: Exploring Values Led Engagement

On 18 March 2024 we ran a symposium exploring the key to successful community engagement cutting-edge theories and practices, and real-life experiences.

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Work in Progress (2021-2) Project

Work in Progress (2021-2), is a new group portrait co-created by artists Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake. This exciting new piece forms part of Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture project at the National Portrait Gallery.

⁠This large-scale seven-panel commission features 130 brilliant women who have had made their mark on British history and culture, including Beatrix Potter, Angela Carter and Helen Boyle.⁠

The mural was created in collaboration with colleges and community groups across the UK, including members of our Community Programme.

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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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

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.

To find out more about Arts Award, please go to 

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Pallant Partners Programme

This National Lottery Community Fund funded outreach programme worked with 6 local organisations to bring art to those who might not otherwise connect with the Gallery.

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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 enables organisations that support people who for a range of reasons many not usually visit the Gallery or need support to do so.

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