Amazing art, contemporary culture
From galleries, museums and festivals, to theatre and live music, our region has something for everyone – for all ages, interests and budgets.
Galleries and museums
Chichester City Centre is home to a number of art galleries, including the internationally recognised Pallant House Gallery. Its world-class collection tells the story of Modern British art from 1900 to now, and is held within the unique setting of an 18th century townhouse with a 21st century contemporary extension (designed by Sir Colin St. John Wilson, architect of The British Library).
(Picture shows: Pallant house Gallery)
Just a 10-minute drive from the City is the Cass Sculpture Park, set within the beautiful woodlands of the Goodwood Estate and displaying work from some of the most important figures in contemporary sculpture. Exhibitions and displays in both galleries are continually evolving.
For those looking to purchase fine art, the towns of Midhurst and Petworth are home to various art, interior and antique shops. Those visiting Midhurst in August can join the revelry of the annual Midhurst Arts and Drama festival (MADhurst), great fun for all the family. Alternatively, Petworth House and Park can be admired as one of the finest surviving examples of an English stately home. With a landscape designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, Petworth House and Park has inspired various artists over time, including J.M.W. Turner.
(Picture shows: MADhurst Festival, Visit Midhurst)
Returning to the City Centre, the regions award-winning Novium Musuem, which is free to visit, is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and houses three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage.
Theatre and music
For those more taken with theatre and live music, we’re proud to house one of the UK’s flagship theatres here in Chichester - Chichester Festival Theatre. The theatre is renowned for its exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people, with many of its productions transferring to the West End. Its studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals. For live music, concerts and recitals, Chichester’s Assembly Rooms are also a popular option.
(Picture shows: Dominic Marsh (Gerald) and the company of Me and My Girl at Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson)