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Chichester Cathedral and Modern Art

One of the distinguishing features of Chichester, is the use of modern works of art to invigorate and beautify the cathedral. This idea, initiated by bishop George Bell in the early 1950s, was largely put into effect by Walter Hussey during his deanship between 1955-77.

Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child

Works to be seen in the cathedral include:  

'The Baptism of Christ' by Hans Feibusch (1951)
'Noli me Tangere' by Graham Sutherland (1960)
'Baptism' by Patrick Procktor (1984).  

John Piper as a reredos to the high altar (1966)
Ursula Benker-Schirmir in the retro-choir (1985). 

Stained glass:
a window by Marc Chagall , based on the theme of Psalm 150 '...let everything that hath breath praise the Lord' (1978).  

a panel behind the bishop's throne designed by Joan Freeman (1993), and hassocks in the Presbytery designed by Sylvia Green (1995), were all were worked by members of the cathedral's Seffrid Guild.  

Cast aluminium:   
All by Geoffrey Clarke - candlesticks and communion rails in St Mary Magdelaine's Chapel (1960-62); Pulpit (1966); Lectern (1972).

Font - polished polyphant stone and beaten copper by John Skelton (1983)  
Altars - in the retro-choir, St Mary Magdalene's chapel and the high altar by Robert Potter.  

'Virgin and Child' by John Skelton (1988),  'Christ in Judgement' by Philip Jackson (1998). Outside the cathedral, a magnificent statue of St Richard by Philip Jackson, a gift from the Friends of the cathedral to mark the Jubilee.

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