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Earth Day


[ Special Event )

The Gallery is FREE to enter during our Open Day, but booking your place in advance helps us to know you’re coming and make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

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Join us to celebrate Earth Day in Chichester.

Our planet is an amazing place, rich with wildlife and incredible nature. Join us at Pallant House Gallery and Priory Park on Saturday 22 April where we will be celebrating the natural world and learning what we can do to protect it.

Enjoy a day packed with fun family activities, thrilling performances and meet inspiring organisations already working to protect our planet.

Everything is completely free to take part, but please note that workshops and talks will need to be booked on the day.

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What's on at Pallant House Gallery

Workshops Time
Make your dream landscape 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm, 12.30-1.15pm
Get Handy! 2.30-3.15pm, 3.25-4.05pm, 4:15-5.00pm
Earth Day Exhibition
Birds and Beasts: The Wild Escape All day
Drop-in Activities  
Earth Day Artwork 10.00am-4.00pm
Celebrate our Community All day
Giant Jigsaw All day
Nature Discovery Table All day
Exploring the Collection
Spotlight talks 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm & 2.00pm
Library Show & Tell All day

What's on at Priory Park

Drop-in Activities Time
Origami animals 10.00am-2.00pm
Bird Feeders 10.00am-2.00pm
‘Catch a fly’ craft 10.00am-2.00pm
‘Leaf-bashing’ activity 10.00am-2.00pm
Performance & Parade
Out of the Deep Blue 10.30am and 1.30pm


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Make your dream landscape | Workshop

Scissors and glue at the ready! We are going to be using collage to create our perfect landscapes. Artist Charlotte Crandidge will be there to guide and inspire you.

What is collage? Collage is when you cut up pieces of paper, old magazines and photographs and glue the pieces to a sheet of paper to create a new picture.

Age 5+ (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Time: 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm, 12.30-1.15pm

Location: Studio

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Get Handy! | Workshop

Our friends at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital will be hosting a creative workshop that will both celebrate nature and inspire you to protect our local wildlife. Learn more about the work of this amazing wildlife hospital and have fun crafting your own animal creations to take home!

Age: 5+ (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Time: 2.30-3.15pm, 3.25-4.05pm, 4:15-5.00pm

Location: Studio

Please note, there are limited spaces on these workshops. Look out for the signup sheet on the door, on the day to book your place.

Birds and Beasts: The Wild Escape exhibition

This spring term we have partnered with local primary schools, the South Downs National Park Authority and Goodwood Education Trust. In a series of workshops in the Gallery and outdoors, children have explored how the natural world can inform their own creativity. They have learned about our unique, local ecosystems and what we can do to protect them.

Working with artists Laura Ribbons and Laura Buckle and using natural and sustainable materials, the children have created artwork, including collaged landscapes using chalk, wood and water and tiny structures made from sticks that are homes for mini-beasts. Images of the children’s work will be on display in the Gallery during Earth Day on 22 April.

The Wild Escape is made possible by lead support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Art Fund and a group of generous individuals and trusts.

Find out more

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Drop-in Activities

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Earth Day Artwork | Drop-in

To celebrate Earth Day we are making a work of art out of recycled and natural materials. With local artists on hand to help, get stuck in and make your own contribution to an amazing, community-created piece of art. We will also be making Earth Day pledges to take home with us.

Age 5+ (Children must be accompanied by an adult) 

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Room 11

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Celebrate our Community | Drop-in

Our Community Programme members invite you to think about someone you want to celebrate and say something brilliant about them. With this in mind, decorate a paper envelope, and pop a seed paper leaf inside as a gift to them. The person can plant their seeds and enjoy watching their flowers grow.

Pallant House Gallery’s Community Programme provides nearly 200 people who have a range of support needs with meaningful, long-term opportunities to be creative.

Age 5+ (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Time: All day

Location: Room 6

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Giant Jigsaw | Drop-in

Our friends from the South Downs National Park Authority will be taking up residence in the courtyard, ready to tell you lots more about the amazing nature and wildlife right on your doorstep. They have brought a giant wildlife puzzle to our Earth Day – but it’s in pieces! Can you help them put together the jigsaw and complete the puzzle to identify the six habitats within the South Downs National Park? Or perhaps you can pledge an action to protect, sustain or enhance our wonderful local environment?

Age: Suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Time: All day

Location: Courtyard

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Nature Discovery Table | Drop-in

Find out more about some of the birds and beasts that live right on your doorstep with Goodwood Education Trust. From scary skulls to ‘orrible’ owl pellets, get up close and personal with some of nature’s amazing treasures and find out more about who might be living near you and how to spot them!

Age: Suitable for all ages

Time: All day

Location: Room 2

Exploring the Collection

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Spotlight Talks

Learn more about the art our walls from our wonderful Gallery Guides.

11am & 1pm – Lawrence Stephen Lowry, Going to the Mill (Room 7)

12pm & 2pm – Paul Nash, Skylight Landscape (Room 5)

Book your place at Front of House.

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Library Show & Tell

Pop-in to Pallant House Gallery Library to find out about the hidden gems in our wonderful library and archive with hour librarian, Jane Holt.

There will also be the opportunity to find out more about our collection of works on paper, which we rarely bring out because they are so delicate. Discover how we care for these precious, fragile artworks with our Head of Collections, Sarah Norris.

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Art Packs

Grab an art pack, full of fun activities for all the family and your own sketchbook and colouring pencils too. Explore the galleries for inspiration and see what you can sketch.

Pick up your pack at our welcome desk as you come in.

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Ways of Looking Bags

New to galleries and museums? Our Ways of Looking Bags have all sorts of kit to help you explore the art in the Gallery in a fun and interesting way – kaleidoscope anyone? Comes with a guide to help you make the most of it.

Pick your bag up in Room 2, Level 1.

What's on at Priory Park

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Crafts and activities

Come and try out these free activities run by The Novium Museum.  See the collaborative artwork on display in the Guildhall,  created by local children who took part in The Novium’s Wild Escape workshops.

  • Origami animals
  • Make-your-own bird feeders
  • ‘Catch a fly’ craft
  • ‘Leaf-bashing’ activity

Time: 10am – 2pm

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Local partners

The Novium will be joined by the following local natural and environmental charities, already working to protect our planet, who will be running their own activities.

Rewilding Sussex

Play a ‘Top Trumps’ game of past and present large UK mammals, discover how the Sussex landscape has changed and a design a landscape of future activity.

Chichester Tree Wardens

Take part in a tree measuring activity and collect a tree spotter sheet! The County Arboriculturist will be delivering talks on ‘How trees work’.

CDC Strategic Wildlife Corridors

Explore a collection of wildlife items! Help to identify local moths and talk about the work going on throughout the District.


View models of Little Terns and their nesting habitat and make a dragonfly!


Watch | Out of the Deep Blue

Come and experience a moving tale about our earth’s climate emergency told through dance, movement and masterful puppeteering by Autin Dance Theatre. This outdoor spectacle features, Eko, a 13-foot-tall Sea Giant Puppet and a troupe of dancers.

Age: Suitable for all the family

Time: 10.30am and 1.30pm

Location: Priory Park (following the 10.30am performance, the puppet will parade through the streets of Chichester to Pallant House Gallery)

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The Wild Escape at The Novium Museum

This event originated from our participation in Art Fund’s nationwide initiative, The Wild Escape. This initiative aims to raise awareness of biodiversity and ecology. As part of the event, a piece of artwork created during Wild Escape workshops at The Novium Museum by local children aged 7-11 years old will be unveiled in the Guildhall. This artwork will be made up of a collection of individual prints depicting animals, inspired by objects within the museum’s collection.