RABLEY FRIENDS TRIP 30 July 2014 – Pallant House Gallery


Rabley Friends are invited to join us for a day trip to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to see the many exciting exhibitions currently showing at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester – one of Britain’s best public art galleries.

I have a special interest in the current exhibition: Royal Academician Printmakers and have arranged for artists and the curator from Pallant House Gallery to meet and talk with us in the gallery on the day.

It is a great privilege to work with Dr. Mark Golder of the Golder Thompson-Gift, and Simon Martin, Co-director of Pallant House gallery to secure new acquisitions for the permanent print collection at Pallant House Gallery. This project is ongoing and is enabled by the vision and philanthropy of Mark Golder and Brian Thompson. To date the Golder –Thompson gift has donated more than 200 works to this important public collection.

You will also have time to meander through the beautiful Queen Anne House to enjoy the fantastic permanent collections and exciting temporary exhibitions in the contemporary galleries.

Meryl Ainslie, Director, Rabley Drawing Centre

(If you are not registered as a ‘Rabley Friend’ please contact us for details – email info@rableydrawingcentre.com – subject RABLEY FRIENDS ENQUIRY2)

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Royal Academician Printmakers: New Acquisitions through the Golder-Thompson Gift

For many artists the fine art print occupies an important place in their work, both as an integral part of their practice and as an independent art form. This exhibition explores the role played by established and newly elected Royal Academicians including Norman Ackroyd, Basil Beattie, Anne Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Eileen Cooper, Richard Deacon, Anne Desmet, Peter Freeth, David Hockney, Tess Jaray, Humphrey Ocean, and Emma Stibbon. Whether recognised as specialist printmakers or working primarily as painters and sculptors, these artists have extended the possibilities of the medium through their interpretation of the methods of intaglio (such as etching, engraving and drypoint) and relief printing (such as woodcuts, linocuts and wood engraving). (above – Mali Morris, Rub Tuesday)

The exhibition centres upon twelve prints recently acquired for the Gallery’s collection through the Golder-Thompson Gift with the assistance of the Rabley Drawing Centre, and will also feature works acquired throughout a decade-long period of generous giving by Mark Golder and Brian Thompson.

Also showing

fergusson_summer1914_0The Scottish Colourist: JD Fergusson


One of the four artists known collectively as the Scottish Colourists, John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) was at the forefront of the introduction of modern art into Britain. His work combined a passionate knowledge of contemporary French art with the painterly traditions of Scotland. 

The first major retrospective of Fergusson’s work to be mounted in almost 50 years, this exhibition will include paintings and sculptures from throughout his entire career.

barbararae_harbournight_0_210_208Barbara Rae: Prints

Barbara Rae RA has made printmaking an integral part of her artistic activity since her student days. Monoprints, screenprints and etchings inform her approach to painting which combines the influence of landscape and travel with painterly abstraction. Although she rejects the term ‘landscape painter’, the importance of place is evidently apparent in her works; in particular the human traces and patterns of history that are left on a landscape.

Emily Young: Four Heads

A group of stone heads by Emily Young, widely acknowledged as Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor. Human presences are wrought from ancient stone in careful balance with the physical qualities of the rock.

scott_bluecompostion_0146_2Permanent Collections – Pallant House Gallery boasts one of the best collections of Modern British art in the UK. Developed over the past thirty years. The Collection tells the story of 20th century Modern Art. The Collections include important works by amongst others: Andrews, Auerbach, Blake, Bomberg, Caulfield, Freud, Hamilton, Hodgkin, Nicholson, Moore, Paolozzi, Piper, Sickert and Sutherland.

About Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery opened in its present incarnation to national critical acclaim in July 2006. The remarkable £8.6 million build project, which took nearly three years to complete, seamlessly married the original Queen Anne, grade I listed town-house and the new wing, quadrupling Pallant House Gallery’s exhibition space.



9.15*             Meet at Rabley Drawing Centre

9.30            Mini-Coach departs from Rabley Drawing Centre for Pallant House Gallery – journey time approx 1.40mins. Arrive and orientation walk through the galleries with Meryl

12.00 Meet in Room 17 –Royal Academician Printmakers: New Acquisitions through the Golder-Thompson Gift. Meet the artists, curator and introductions to the works by Meryl Ainslie.

1.15 – 3.15 Lunch and explore the galleries and exhibitions at your leisure

3.30* – Depart for return Journey

5.15 – Arrive Rabley Drawing Centre (Approximately)

Book Now – email events@rableydrawingcentre – subject Pallant Trip –  blog enquiry

Rabley Friends Ticket £45

Friends of Friends Ticket £60

Places are limited to 16 and available on a ‘first come’ basis

Ticket includes – Coach journey, Entry Fee to Pallant House Gallery, Talks and tour

There is a restaurant on site and many local cafés and restaurants offering refreshments in the centre of Chichester






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