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Current Exhibitions

Works in Partnership

28 April - 10 June 2018

Susan Mills, A view through sea defences (after Paul Feiler, Boats and Sea, Bishop Otter Trust Collection), 2018

Our current exhibition celebrates the long-term collaboration between the University of Chichester’s Fine Art Department and Pallant House Gallery.

Artists from Pallant House Gallery’s Community Programme and Partners in Art scheme have worked with Fine Art students to create new art work inspired by the Bishop Otter Trust Collection.

The exhibition includes work from the Bishop Otter Trust Collection by Roger Cameron, Benedict Chuka Enwonwu, Paul Feiler, Peter Lanyon, Sophie Manson, Andrew Murray, John Piper, William Scott and Alfred Wallis.  


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.

View the Otter Gallery brochure here