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Open Day

6 April 2024

Visit us for FREE

An art-filled day of discovery and creativity – all completely free.

Visit the gallery for free and enjoy a host of fun activities for all the family. Learn more about our art with talks, tours and “show and tell” sessions taking place throughout the day. Inspired to have a go yourself? The day will be packed with creative activities to do with the family, from creating your own Craxton inspired goat puppets to informal still life drawing for all abilities.

Everything is free. 

Book your free tickets using the button below. You don’t need a ticket to visit but it helps us to know how many people are coming.

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Schedule

Click on an event in the table for more information.

Workshops When? Where?
Goat Puppets 10am – 2pm Studio
Portraits inspired by Jake Grewal 10.30am – 2.30pm Room 4
Still Life Drawing 11am – 3pm Room 11
Stamping Goats 3pm – 5pm Studio
Tours & Talks
Show and Tell 10am – 4pm Library
Collection Tours 11.30am, 2pm & 3pm Reception
Pick Up and Explore
Art Packs All day Reception
Ways of Looking Bags All day Reception
#PallantsGotTalent All day Reception

Workshops

Five goats of different sizes and colours running up a hill and over fig trees

Goat Puppets

Create your own funky goat made of cardboard, string and beads inspired by John Craxton’s obsession with these hardy animals.

Suitable for ages 5+ (parents to accompany child)

When? 10am – 2pm [Drop-in) 

Where? Studio

Painting of a male figure's head kissing the neck from behind of another figure to the left out of 'shot'. Painted in shades of brown.

Portraits inspired by Jake Grewal

Join us to create a watercolour artwork inspired by Jake Grewal’s ethereal paintings.

Suitable for ages 5+ (parents to accompany child)

When? 10.30am – 2.30pm

Where? Room 4

A still life painting of assorted objects including a conch shell in centre, a spool of red ribbon, a blue ribbon a clock in a square frame and some binoculars all on a red table with a steam ship in the back left corner

Still Life Drawing

Easels at the ready! From flowers to toys, this informal session will get you creating your own still life compositions.

Suitable for ages 5+ (parents to accompany child)

When? 11am – 3pm

Where? Room 11

Sketch of a goat with its front end on a tree reaching for some leaves

Stamping Goats

Printing with Lego blocks, create your own stomping, stamping goat!

Suitable for ages 5+ (parents to accompany child)

When? 3pm – 5pm

Where? Studio

Tours and Talks

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Library and Archives | Show and Tell

Did you know there are nearly 20,000 items in our library and archives? As you can imagine, there are many fascinating, beautiful and extraordinary pieces.  Visitors are welcome to drop-in to see some examples from our collection not usually on show to the public with our Librarian, Jane Holt.

You will also get the chance to find out more about our extensive works on paper collection and how we care for it, with our Head of Collections, Sarah Norris.

When? 10am-4pm [Drop in)

Where? Library

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Collection Tours

Learn more about history of the Queen Anne Townhouse from our wonderful Gallery Guides in one of our 30 minute tours.

When? 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm

Where? Meet at outside the lift in the reception area.

Pick Up and Explore

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Art Packs

Collect your free art resources, full of fun activities to do with the family. Comes with a sketchbook and colouring pencils.

Available at our Welcome Desk.

Ways of Looking Bags

New to galleries and museums? These Ways of Looking bags are available to pick up and view art in a fun and engaging way. They include emotion cards, colour paddles, sensory toys and more.

Available at our Welcome Desk.

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#PallantsGotTalent

Enjoying the John Craxton exhibition? Create your own response to her work on one of our #PallantsGotTalent cards. Pick one up at the Welcome Desk and hand it back when your finished. All entries will be shown on our tv display in the foyer or on our Instagram account.

Will we see you there?

Book your free tickets using the button below. You don’t need a ticket to visit but it helps us to know how many people are coming.

Book your tickets