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Community Programme

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

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Community Programme sessions will not be running in the Gallery until further notice. We are currently supporting our programme members remotely.

Find out how we are supporting our Community Programme during the pandemic

If you are socially isolated and interested in receiving some creative support remotely, please email

We are doing everything we can to ensure all of our visitors, volunteers and staff are kept safe. If you are a member of the Community Programme, please click here to find out more about the changes we are making.

Support our Community Programe

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

Amount to Donate £0

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. 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 Community Programme 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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Read our Social Impact Study

Regular Community Programme Workshops

Workshops held in our Studio are on hold until further notice.

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Art Ways

In our Monday morning workshops sessions members can work on a personal project with the support of an artist facilitator. We also hold a lively and social ‘Drop In’ session in the afternoon for all members.

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Quiet Session

On Wednesday afternoons we offer a calm and relaxed session for people who wish to work independently on personal art projects.

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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 Creative Workshop

Led by an artist educator, our Thursday afternoon sessions offer members the opportunity to learn a new skill over three consecutive weeks. These techniques are a way of creating work in response to works currently on display.

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

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we are now offering to pair up Telephone Partners to help people isolated during this time.

Find out more about how we are supporting the Community Programme throguh the pandemic


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.

Find out how you or someone you know can join Partners in Art

Become a Partners in Art volunteer

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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 until June 2020. 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.

We are currently offering 100 passes to community groups in the Chichester area during 2019-2020.

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

What changes are we making to keep everyone safe?

We are doing everything we can to keep all our visitors, volunteers and staff safe. This has meant some changes to the way we run the Gallery. The Gallery is currently closed to the public, but you can find out more about how we are keeping our visitors safe when we are open in our FAQs.

We have tried to answer all the questions you may have specifically on the Community Programme below, but if you have any other questions, please email

Will Community Programme members need to book to visit?

Yes, Community Programme members need to book to visit but will not be charged an admission fee. Community Programme members are welcome to book a slot on a Monday, if they would like some additional support from the team. Please contact Jenny Oldham for more details (07788 489 536 or

Otherwise Community Programme members can book online or by calling 01243 774557 and visit during the rest of the week. Community Programme staff will only be available on a Monday.


Will Community Programme workshops be running?

At the moment Community Programme workshops will not be running. We will inform Community Programme members when we are able to run these again.


Can Community Programme members use the Studio?

Currently the Studio is not available for Community Programme members to use. We will keep Community Programme members and volunteers updated when we can open the Studio again.


Can Partners in Art meet in the Gallery?

Partners in Art can meet at the Gallery but do need to adhere to social distancing. Partners in Art will need to book a slot to look around the Gallery. If a partnership would like some support during their visit they can book via Jenny Oldham to visit on a Monday (07788 489 536 or

Contact us

Talk to our Public Programmes team about our schools offer, community programme or events.

For community programme enquiries
+44 (0)1243 770833

For school bookings
+44 (0)1243 770812