Our Community Programme is just one of the ways in which we can support everyone's creative journey.
Leading a creative life has tremendously positive benefits.
Our Community Programme enables everyone to experience a creative life on their terms.
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
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.
If you, or someone you know is interested in joining the Community Programme, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or scroll down to find out more about our Community Programme workshops and activities.
There is a real community spirit, where people know you and look out for each other.
Community Programme participant
Regular Community Programme Workshops
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.
On Wednesday afternoons we offer a calm and relaxed session for people who wish to work independently on personal art projects.
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.
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.
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.
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 Emily Robson, Community Programme Manager.
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
Laura Southall [head of public programmes)
+44 (0)1243 770817