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Major New Art Commission: Short list of Artists and Exhibition of Proposals 17 November 14 December (posted 14 Oct 2009)

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Picture: Cathedral Nave with Arundel Screen
Cathedral Nave with Arundel Screen

UPDATE 29/03/2010: Following the exhibition of initial proposals from the five shortlisted artists (17/11/09 - 14/12/09) over 400 members of the Cathedral community and general public submitted written comments.  These comments were passed on to the Selection Panel appointed by the Cathedral Chapter, which met on 16 March.  In its deliberations the panel took into account the original presentations by the shortlisted artists, the exhibition, the written comments received, and developments on their initial proposals by some of the artists.  Having deliberated extremely carefully, the Selection Panel decided on its recommendation to Chapter.  This recommendation and the reasons for it, will be presented to a special meeting of Chapter by the chairman of the Panel, Tim Llewellyn (former Director of the Henry Moore Foundation) at the end of May.

Chapter will then decide whether or not to accept this recommendation.  A final decision is not likely before the June meeting of Chapter at the earliest.  It is said of Dean Walter Hussey that he spent several months contemplating a painting before deciding if it would 'do', and Chapter recognizes that a commission of this significance can only benefit from an unhurried approach.  Once a decision has been made, the Cathedral congregation and community will be informed before the information is released more widely.

UPDATE 17/12/09: 
The exhibition of shortlisted proposals is now closed.  Members of the general public and the Cathedral community have been invited to offer feedback and hundreds have done so.  These responses will be collated for the second meeting of the Selection Panel, which will take place in March 2010.  The Panel will consider the artists' proposals carefully, and taking into account the feedback received, formulate a recommendation to Chapter.  There is a spectrum of possible recommendations, such as:

- approval of one proposal in its current form
- that none of the proposals fulfil the brief, and Chapter should not proceed
- that one artist should be invited to develop their proposal in dialogue with the Cathedral

The chairman of the Panel, Dr Tim Llewellyn, former Director of the Henry Moore Foundation, will meet with Chapter to communicate the recommendation and the reasons for it.  Chapter will then decide on the way forward.

Chichester Cathedral is delighted to announce the short-list of artists invited to compete for a highly prestigious art commission, to be installed in the central aerial space within the Cathedral, above the Arundel Screen.  The resulting artwork will add to the Cathedral's international reputation as a bold patron of contemporary art within an ancient building.

The short-list of internationally famous artists invited to propose designs are as follows:

Dorothy Cross, (b Cork, Ireland 1956)
Antony Gormley, (b London, 1950)
Ana Maria Pacheco, (b Brazil 1943)
Jaume Plensa, (b Barcelona, Spain 1955)
Mark Wallinger, (b Chigwell, England 1959)

The artists' proposals will be exhibited in the Cathedral's North Transept from 17th November - 14th December.  All are welcome and entry is free.

The commission is timed to mark the centenary of Walter Hussey (1909 - 1985) who was Dean of Chichester form 1955 - 1977.  Hussey commissioned many of the 20th Century artworks for which the Cathedral is now famous, including a stained glass window by Marc Chagall and a high altar tapestry by John Piper.

For further information about the commission click here

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