Building on the dual foundation of Soane’s 1800 Manor and parkland and of the contemporary Gallery, Pitzhanger will unite the past and the present and inspire the future.
In March 2019, following a major £12m conservation and revitalisation project, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery will be reopening to the public. The recent project aimed to peel back layers of history, extensions and overpainting, returning Pitzhanger to Soane’s original design, visible for the first time in over 175 years. Visitors will be able to explore Soane’s architecture up close, giving an insight into the mind of one of Britain’s most influential and idiosyncratic architects. A programme of compelling and ambitious exhibitions will run alongside a wide-ranging programme of events to offer a stimulating place for creative reflection and debate.
Pitzhanger Gallery is housed in the 1939 Ealing public lending library, built on the site of Soane’s kitchen block. The central gallery has its own domed skylights, inspired by Soane and an additional gallery space has been built, equipped with environmental controls. The Gallery will present three exhibitions a year of work by artists, designers and architects. In the first of these, Anish Kapoor will present a series of sculptures that echo Soane’s complex use of mirrors and light to double and dissolve space.
Learning & Events
Discover, Imagine, Create
We aim to engage and inspire the broadest audience possible, creating meaningful connections with our local community and beyond, across art, design and architecture. Pitzhanger will offer a range of activities – onsite, online and in schools.
We are currently piloting schemes with schools, families, and young people aged 13-25. We want to expand our offer to work with people from all walks of life and of all ages.
For more information about any of our programmes, or to book, please contact Kim Morrison: email@example.com
Our free family workshops are designed for children aged 4-11. There is no need to book in advance, for more information please see our events below:
CHRISTMAS WITH THE SOANES
Sunday 9th December
Join John and Eliza Soane as we step back in time to Regency England and celebrate Christmas – Georgian Style!
Saturday 15th December
The only thing better than designing a dream home is a home that you can eat. Explore architecture while making an edible creation which would make an excellent Christmas gift for a loved one or for yourself!
STAINED GLASS CHRISTMAS CARDS
Wednesday 19th December 3.30pm-5.30pm
Get the festive feeling, join us as we make colorful Christmas cards and window decorations inspired by the stunning stained glass at Pitzhanger.
We run outreach and onsite sessions for Primary, Secondary and SEND pupils, focusing on a broad range of topics. For more information and to book please contact our learning team. firstname.lastname@example.org
EYFS & KS1
The House that John Built (Science, Literacy, History)
Growing and Planting at Pitzhanger (Science, History, Understanding the World)
KS2 & Lower KS3
Classical and Modern Architecture (History, Art & Design, Design Technology)
Radical Colour & Light (Science & History)
Art Makes Children Powerful (Oracy, Literacy, Art & Design)
Soane’s Apprentice: Building & Design Technology (Science, Art & Design, Design Technology)
KS3 & KS4
Into Architecture (Science, Art & Design, Design Technology)
Art is your Human Right (Oracy, Literacy, Art & Design)
We offer masterclasses, young people’s lectures, events and work experience placements for students aged 16 and over. Please get in touch for further information or to arrange a bespoke session.
Would you like to help us shape our learning offer and be part of an active learning community? We are looking for teachers from all key stages who have an interest in cultural learning. For more information please contact the learning team.
ARTSMARK & ARTS AWARD
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery are delighted to be an Artsmark partner organisation, devoted to bringing great arts and cultural opportunities to children and young people.
We are on the lookout for creative, enthusiastic young people to join our youth panel and take an active role in planning activities and programmes in the manor and gallery. It’s a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, take part in exciting arts workshops and gain valuable skills and experience to aid work or university applications. You don’t need to have any experience and everyone is welcome. For more information please contact the learning team.
We are delighted to be working with NCS to offer young people the chance to participate in social action projects and undertake work experience.
See our events page for upcoming talks, tours, workshops. For volunteering opportunities in all departments please see our volunteer page.
Get involved and tell us what you think!
Our programmes and projects are works in progress and we would like your input. If you have ideas for a project or workshop, or want to get involved in another way, please email us at email@example.com
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Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is the perfect setting for your wedding, special event or business meeting. Set in Soane’s original parkland, now Walpole Park, we can offer a variety of rooms to suit your wedding and event needs.
Our caterers, Social Pantry, provide a wide range of fresh, seasonal and delicious food served with style, making us the ideal venue for your city wedding with a countryside feel.
For more information, please contact our Events Manager: Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rickyard space is also available to hire from 1 January. Please contact email@example.com
for more information.
Sir John Soane’s parkland surrounding Pitzhanger, beautifully landscaped in 1800, became Walpole Park in 1901. In 2013 its historic features and landscapes were restored to how they had been in Soane’s time following a major HLF-funded project.
The park facilities include a playground, kiosk café, accessible toilets, The Rickyard learning centre, walled kitchen garden, Regency-planted beds, historic and wildlife interpretation panels, fish pond with fountains and the serpentine lake. Soane’s Kitchen restaurant is now open in the walled garden, accessible from Ealing Green and Walpole Park.
If you are interested in volunteer gardening, sessions run every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm, meeting in the Rickyard courtyard behind the kiosk café in the park. Everyone welcome regardless of age, ability or experience.
Frequent activities and wildlife walks take place in the park, including monthly bird walks. You can find events listed on the park noticeboards by the café kiosk.
You can also contact Vanessa Hampton, Walpole Park Manager on 07976 920562 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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