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Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists

25 June – 7 October 2018

Credit: Ernest Procter, Untitled (SSA at HQ , Loading Up) 1917, © Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain

Curated by Visiting Professor, Dr Gill Clarke. An illustrated book written by Dr Clarke accompanies the exhibition.

Marking the centenary of the ending of the First World War, Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists examines the experiences of British painters and sculptors, both well and lesser-known, who were Conscientious Objectors and pacifists in the First and Second World Wars. While their artwork largely eschews the brutality of conflict it offers insights into their motivations for exemption and treatment by Tribunals during the two major twentieth-century conflicts. It demonstrates too the role of artists as moral witnesses and the value of portraying the   myriad of ways in which war is experienced.

Featuring loans from the Imperial War Museum, UK Government Art Collection and a number of private collections,  work is on show by, amongst others, Sven Berlin, Mark Gertler, Percy Horton, Ernest Procter, Eric Robertson, Kenneth Rowntree and John Tunnard.

To illustrate the profound and lasting impact of the First and Second World War selected work of Scottish-Irish artist William Crozier is included. The appearance of skeletal figures in his landscapes during the 1960s and 1970s as in Bourlon Wood, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War demonstrate his continuing preoccupation with the horrors of warfare: horrors which continue to be witnessed and recorded by contemporary artists.

Free Exhibition Events

To book please email galleryevents@chi.ac.uk or telephone 01243 816098

Children’s Workshop
Tuesday 21 August 2018, 10:30 – 12.30, Learning Resource Centre, Chichester Campus

Join us for a morning of craft inspired by Conflicting Views; Pacifist Artists. Suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult.

Campus Walk and Talk, beginning with a tour of Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists
Tuesday 11 September 2018, 10:30-11:30, The Otter Gallery

Join us for an informal guided tour of the art around the University campus

Curator’s Talk
Wednesday 26 September 2018, 12.00 – 13:00, The Otter Gallery

Curator and Visiting Professor, Dr Gill Clarke, will lead a tour of the exhibition and discuss a range of subjects within the exhibition providing insights into the artists’ varied experiences and motivations. 


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