The history of art inside Chichester Cathedral spans almost as long a period of time as the history of the building itself. Medieval wall paintings and sculpture reliefs sit cheek by jowl with Victorian glass work and contemporary art, all helping to enrich and beautify the Cathedral and the life lived there.
Chichester Cathedral is renowned for its continued commitment to the placement and development of art, which is reflected in both its permanent and continually changing programme of temporary exhibitions. Creative art and craft workshops feature in the Cathedral's Events programme too, on an ad hoc basis.
Alongside the information contained in this section, art lovers who visit the Cathedral are invited to question our knowledgeable guides about the varied collections contained within (and sometimes without) the building.
Inspiring, challenging, always thought-provoking - exhibitions at Chichester Cathedral are free to view.
An informed exploration of the religious power of the artworks contained within Chichester Cathedral is also available via the mobile phone app ‘Alight’. The app can be downloaded from the Apple and Android Store.
The Chichester Nativity
For Advent and Christmas 2020, Chichester Cathedral is delighted to present The Chichester Nativity, a major new art installation which heralds the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic from the local community and across the Diocese of East and West Sussex. Find out more here.