Synopsis

​The exhibition and book cover:

  • Chichester Festival Theatre - from it's opening in 1962 to how it has become one of Britain's best-loved theatres. 

  • Chichester Cathedral's enlightened arts programme - from Dean Walter Hussey's commissioning of works by Sutherland, Piper, Chagall and Bernstein to the innovatively curated exhibitions of the 21st Century. 

  • Pallant House Gallery - with it's prize-winning extension.

  • The success of Chichester novelist Kate Mosse. 

  • Chichester Cinema at New Park, who's successes include winning 'Film Society of the Year Award' in 1990. 

  • The district's many festivals - including Chichester Festivities, Festival of Chichester and the current Culture Spark 2022. 

  • A snapshot of some of Chichester's individual artists and makers. 

  • The city and district's rich amateur arts scene, including its very active groups and societies full of energetic, creative individuals. 

  • How Goodwood House, West Dean College, the Weald & Downland Living Museum and The Novium Museum have transformed the notion of heritage in the 21st Century. 

  • Arts, culture and heritage across Chichester District - including Petworth and Midhurst.

The Art of Chichester

I have curated an exhibition and written a book, both called The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity. They explore the arts, culture and heritage of my hometown from 1962, when Chichester Festival Theatre opened, to the present day, embracing professional and amateur work across all art forms. Together they tell the story of how the arts have put Chichester on the map.

Exhibition at The Novium Museum

Tower Street, Chichester, West Sussex

25 June 2022 to 25 February 2023

Free admission

Book

Fully illustrated, 208 pages

York House Books 

ISBN: 9781399921565 

£10

Available from:

www.shop.thenovium.org

Credits

More information: www.thenovium.org/artofchi

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to an Arts Council England Project Grant, which will also enable a programme of community activities, including a collaboration with local charity Article 12 Arts, designed to bring marginalised young people from across the district into the museum.

The book has been made possible thanks to two District and City Council grants, some donations and a Kickstarter campaign.