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Current Exhibitions

On the Streets of Athens: Art, Protest, Political Crisis

17 February -15 April 2018

This exhibition is based upon the observations of its two curators, Dick Ellis and Hugo Frey, who visited Athens regularly from 2010 onwards, and walked the city’s streets and talked to its residents. What struck Hugo and Dick was the turmoil: in terms of shop and business closures, rough sleeping, strikes and protests (including rioting). A key sign of these changes was the way in which graffiti became increasingly prominent, often smothering the walls and empty shop-fronts.
Dick and Hugo recorded their observations on camera, particularly the way graffiti evolved in overlapping waves: tagging; political dissent; street art; international solidarity, and support for refugees. The streets of Athens became a palimpsest of overlaid, inter-related graffiti, and this exhibition seeks to reflect these engagements, and their sometimes breath-taking results, as austerity Athens became and still is the most exciting city in the world for graffiti artists.

Gifted: A Celebration of Recent Acquisitions

The University of Chichester has over the years been the recipient of a number of generous gifts and bequests. This new exhibition space in University House will showcase the acquisitions and is an exciting new development for the Otter Gallery.

A culture of generosity and philanthropy has enabled the University of Chichester’s renowned art collections to evolve. New acquisitions are carefully selected with regard to the way in which they strengthen and develop the existing collections. Many of the recent acquisitions are contemporary and by living artists which adds a new dynamic to the University’s Art Collections which are predominately 20th century British Art. New dialogues between the artworks in the collections will emerge as they expand and develop.

This year-long exhibition showcases recent gifts made to the University by a number of donors and trusts, as well as purchases made by the Gallery funded by donations to the Otter Gallery. Further gifts can be seen in the area outside the Otter Gallery. Gifted is not only a gesture of thanks to the donors but importantly it builds on the beliefs and vision held by two remarkable women Sheila McCririck (1916-2001), Head of Art at Bishop Otter College from 1949-77 and K.M. Elisabeth ‘Betty’ Murray (1909-98), Principal from 1948-70 who together established the nationally significant Bishop Otter Art Collection:

  1. That living with works of art added a dimension to life and a quality not available in any other form.
  2. That original works were the only ones capable of bestowing this extension and enrichment.

We hope that in their different ways, these varied works will give pleasure to and challenge our students, staff and visitors alike.

Creative Writing Workshops and Talks

Tuesday 10 April 
10.30am - 12.30pm
Learning Resource Centre, Bognor Regis Campus, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR

Free children's craft workshop
Join The Otter Gallery for a spring-themed children’s creative workshop. The workshop is free of charge and suitable for children of all ages, who must be accompanied by an adult.
All materials are provided. There is no need to book, please drop-in between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

3 May 2018
12.00 - 1.30pm

The Otter Gallery’s poet-in-residence Stephanie Norgate hosts regular creative writing workshops aimed at developing poems and other writings in response to exhibitions at the gallery.

Stephanie is an Emeritus Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Stephanie's poetry collections include The Blue Den (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) and Hidden River (Bloodaxe Books, 2008), which was shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize and Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize.

She convened the international Poetry and Voice conference in 2010 and her plays have been broadcast on Radio 4. Her 90-minute sessions take place within the gallery itself, taking inspiration from the exhibitions.

They are open to beginners or those with experience. Sessions are free and are open to members of the public as well as staff and students of the University of Chichester.


These talks are free of charge and  are usually very popular so please email to reserve a place or phone 01243 816098. 

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