It gives us great joy to share that The Chichester Nativity has been shortlisted for the Best Partnership of the Year Award, as part of this year’s Museums + Heritage Awards!
For Christmas 2020 Chichester Cathedral commissioned a major visual art installation and partnership project which heralded the heroes of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The artwork, designed by Visual Arts Advisor and Curator Jacquiline Creswell, and Artist and Photographer Ash Mills, is an immersive photographic installation, sharing the familiar story of the Nativity in the style of a renaissance tableau.
Characters in the scene were drawn from local organisations, charities and medical services and paired symbolically to the roles within the Nativity, with angels acting as guardians of health and wellbeing; shepherds as providers of food and resources; the Magi as people who have learned from experience and are now leaders of their community. Each participant was photographed individually, before being edited into the composite image. Participating organisations include BBC Radio Sussex, the Bell Tower Drop-In, Chichester District Foodbank, Chichester Festival Theatre, Heart, Sanctuary in Chichester, Stagecoach, Stonepillow, Wellington Grange and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The immersive artwork was presented in the Cathedral from 10th December 2020 until 3rd February 2021 and became the centre of the Cathedral's Christmas celebrations, appearing in all services and major activities - and seen by thousands online through live-streamed services.
According to the Museums + Heritage Awards, a record number of entries were submitted for the 2021 Awards. The winners of all the 2021 Awards will be revealed in a virtual ceremony at 7.00pm on Thursday 1st July. Find out more >>