Update 6 December 2012
CFCE call in re-worked application
Update 22nd October 2012
Chichester Cathedral Submit Reworked Application for Together Sculpture
A statement from the Cathedral Chapter:
“Following the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) decision relating to our previous application, Chapter has (after months of careful deliberation) decided to accept the advice of its Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC) ‘to re-work the application to reflect the grounds for rejection’. This decision follows a well attended meeting of the cathedral community at which the FAC advice was explained, and close scrutiny of the more than seventy letters subsequently received. A clear majority of the letters were in favour of submitting a reworked application, including the private donor who is ready to fund the commission should permission be given.
Since that meeting the CFCE have issued a Policy and Practice Note on ‘New Art in Cathedrals’ (May 2012). This states that where a proposed artwork will involve no permanent alteration of the fabric (as in this case) ‘an application for its approval would usually be made to the FAC’ (although the CFCE reserves the right to ‘call-in’ the proposal). A formal notice of an application to the FAC has therefore has been posted on Cathedral noticeboards. Copies of the application may be reviewed at the Information Desk, the Cathedral Office (Reception) and the Communar’s Office. Members of the Cathedral community, and wider public, are welcome to write to the FAC (via the Communar, who is FAC secretary) to express their views, whether for or against, by Wednesday 14 November – but are urged to read the application first. It contains a wealth of material, including a substantial section on ‘architectural character and the introduction of sculpture’, Chapter’s Arts Policy, and a recent supportive letter from the preacher at this year’s Southern Cathedral’s Festival Eucharist, Ben Quash (Professor of Christianity and the Arts, Kings College London)”.
Update 20th March 2012:
An open meeting took place in the Cathedral on Monday 19th March to discuss the CFCE's refusal of the commission, and to discuss the subsequent advice given to Chapter by its independent Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC). To read the FAC's advice to Chapter please click here.
Update 15th February 2012:
Hussey Commission Public Meeting, Monday 19 March at 6.30pm
Update 9th February 2012:
The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England has refused permission to commission Jaume Plensa's Together for installation in Chichester Cathedral. In response to this news, the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral have issued a short statement:
Together, by Jaume Plensa
|Preview of Together sculpture|
|Full Details of the Commission|
|Jaume Plensa's website|
|'Together' Lecture by Plensa|
|History of this project|
Please click on the white arrow to view TV coverage of the commission.
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