Running until Sun 23 April, a new exhibition celebrating Britain’s wildlife has come to Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery. The free exhibition, Birds and Beasts: The Wild Escape, presents works from the Gallery’s collection. Every piece has been inspired by an array of magnificent creatures. From the humble beetle to imperious falcons, by artists like Pablo Picasso, Elisabeth Frink and Graham Sutherland. The Gallery hopes the exhibition will raise awareness of biodiversity. It Invites visitors to join them in celebrating the amazing nature on our doorstep.
The exhibition will connect with the Art Fund’s The Wild Escape project. This is the largest ever collaboration between UK museums with more than 500 taking part. The Wild Escape aims to bring museums, schools, families and communities together. They want to engage young people with the UK’s natural environment, drawing inspiration from the art and objects in our public collections and the creative and learning opportunities they can offer. The exhibition will be accompanied by fun activities for children to help them to engage with the art.
Teaching children about wildlife
Pallant House Gallery will also be working with around 100 pupils from three local primary schools based in Chichester and Bognor. The children will be exploring our appreciation of the natural world. Also, understanding of our place in it through the Gallery’s ‘Birds and Beasts’ and ‘Sussex Landscape’ exhibitions. Workshops will take place in the studio at the Gallery and on location in the South Downs. They will be delivered in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority and Goodwood Education Trust. Creative responses and Climate Protection Pledges made by the children will be unveiled during a weekend of activities for all ages on Earth Day 2023, coinciding with the Gallery’s free Open Weekend on Sat 22 – Sun 23 April.
“I’m thrilled that Pallant House Gallery is joining hundreds of organisations from the Outer Hebrides to Folkestone. We are connecting thousands of children with the natural world through the UK’s truly great museums,” Art Fund Director, Jenny Waldman. “Thanks to the invaluable support of Arts Council England, The Wild Escape will empower families and children. We want everyone to visit and discover our wonderful museums. And, to take positive action to picture a better future for our wildlife.”
Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is a leading UK museum that stimulates new ways of thinking about British art from 1900 to now. As well as an original and critically- acclaimed exhibition programme and a public programme with inclusion at its heart, the gallery houses one of the best collections of Modern British art in the country – all within the distinctive setting of an 18th century townhouse and a 21st century gallery.