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Coach House Project

A new project that will transform the way we work with our collection and our community.

The Coach House Project continues our legacy of working with distinctive buildings, adding a third element to the remarkable architectural hybrid that is Pallant House Gallery today. And yet it delivers much more than bricks and mortar – it stands as a catalyst for change in our expanding organisation.

Marking our 40th anniversary, this ambitious expansion project will give us the space we need to house our internationally-celebrated collection of Modern British art under one roof – to grow it, conserve it and share it more widely. It will allow us to programme more extensive exhibitions, engage with many more people from our local community and invest in the future of young people within and beyond the cultural sector.

In 2019, we will be launching our major public appeal which will include a range of events and opportunities for you to get involved and show us your support. The project will be completed in 2022, marking the 40th anniversary of the Gallery’s opening.

What changes will you see?

  • A collections centre including an environmentally-controlled art store and a conservation workshop will mean our expanding collection of over 4000 artworks can be housed and cared for under one roof
  • A new gallery space will enable us to programme larger-scale exhibitions and showcase different art-forms including audio-visual work
  • A new learning space will increase the offering of our public programmes, meaning we can engage more people, more frequently, more creatively
  • A new studio will offer space for artist residencies, supporting contemporary artists to engage creatively with our collection
  • A redesigned ground floor area will create an accessible, welcoming space for all our visitors, as well as upgraded Studio and Library facilities
  • Fully accessible and well-equipped offices will allow for a growing, diverse workforce to bring our ambitions to life, including the capacity to deliver internships, apprenticeships and outreach programmes

Pallant House Gallery has a reputation for its original exhibitions and its world-class collection. As a leading museum in the UK, it is our mission to stimulate new thinking on British art from 1900 to now and to play a pivotal role in the creative lives of the widest possible audience.

The Coach House Project will help us achieve that aim.

The project in numbers

  • £5.5 million needs to be raised
  • 4000 artworks from our collection will be housed under one roof
  • 25 years of growth will be made possible for our print collection
  • 15 years of growth will be made possible for our collection of paintings
  • 1700 additional publications will find space in our Library
  • 300m2 will be gained, increasing our footprint by 32%
  • 2 outreach programmes will engage 100 people in hard to reach communities and 1000 pupils from schools in the district
  • Double the number of people will be able to access our Community Programme
  • 2 apprentices will be taken on each year
  • 3 new job roles will be created
  • £30,000 will be saved annually with on-site art storage
  • 350 lights will be replaced with environmentally efficient LEDs

In 2020, we will be launching our major public appeal which will include a range of events and opportunities for you to get involved and show us your support.


Latest news

13 December 2018

With funding secured for Phase One of the project, we’re delighted to start planning for Phase 2, in which we will begin to develop the Coach House itself. On 17 November, we were very grateful to Rolls-Royce for hosting a glittering fundraising evening attended by 162 guests who were entertained by soloists from Glyndebourne and enjoyed a reception sponsored by Nyetimber, Chilgrove Gin and Fever-Tree. 43 lots were included in the Silent and Live Auctions and over £285,000 was raised on the evening towards the Coach House Project Appeal.

23 October 2018

We are delighted to have been awarded £300,000 funding by the Arts Council to start Phase One of the project. This enables us to begin a variety of developments including:

  • A refit of the Studio
  • Installation of energy saving LED lighting
  • Installation of improved signage
  • Better access to the Gallery Cafè

Simon Martin, Director, said: “We are very grateful to Arts Council England for their support of the first phase of Pallant House Gallery’s ambitious plans to be an international centre for British art from 1900 to now. The funding will enable us to upgrade facilities in our Studio space for our public programmes, to install new café facilities, plinths to display sculptures in the Garden, environmentally-friendly energy saving lighting, and improved signage. It will lead to the second phase conversion of the historic Coach House into a new Collections Centre, expanded Library and Archive, expanded galleries and facilities for staff and research.”

Once Phase One is complete we will look to begin Phase Two, which will focus on developing the Coach House itself.


If you would like to find out more, please contact Clare Hindle [Head of Development (Elect) by email or on +44 (0)1243 770839.

History of the Coach House

Pallant House was the first building of its kind in Chichester and set the standard for future developments in the city.

The building at 8 East Pallant was constructed in the late 19th century as a stables, coach house and yard for Pallant House. In the 20th century, the Coach House became a separate private residence but by the completion of this project, the two historic buildings will be reunited.

Read more about the history of Pallant House



Contact us

Talk to our Development team about the many ways you can support the Gallery:

Clare Hindle [head of development)
+44 (0)1243 770839