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Bishop Otter Collection: A Celebration

A celebration, of the early development of the University of Chichester's Bishop Otter 20th Century Collection of British Art, 20 June 2016-Sunday 9 October 2016  

The exhibition is the result the vision of  two remarkable women: Shelia McCririck, head of art at Bishop Otter College from 1949-78 and K M Elizabeth (Betty) Murray, Principal of Bishop Otter College 1948-70. It also marks the centenary of the birth of of Sheila McCririck. Together the two women created a unique collection, especially as at outset there was no finance. Yet artists through the Contemporary Art Society, such as Ivon Hitchens, William Gear and John Craxtonand eminent collectors willingly loaned their work. From these came some of the early purchases when limited funding was secured.This two-site exhibition is a partnership between the Otter Gallery and Pallant House Gallery which showcases a range of works to demonstrate the significance of the collection. 

The unerring 'eye' of Sheila McCririck together with the support of Betty Murray meant that works were purchased at the time by often little known artists, such as Henry Moore and Spencer . Such was their vision that over the following three decades work was acquired from Graham Sutherland, William Scott, Patrick Heron, Sandra Blow and Mary Fedden.

The exhibition, which is supported by the Bishop Otter College Gfuild, will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated book.

An unerring eye for art


Wednesday 6 July 2016, 12:30-1330

Exhibition talk: Dr Gill Clarke, guest curator and Visiting Professor at the Otter Gallery, and Katy Norris, Curator at Pallant House Gallery, will talk about this two-site exhibition and its genesis, and explore the significance of the work in the Bishop Otter Collection.


Wednesday 10 August and Wednesday 28 September 2016, 12.30-13.30

Exhibition talk: Guest curator Dr Gill Clarke will lead a tour of the exhibition and trace the building of the Bishop Otter Collection of 20th century British art, and tell the stories behind particular artworks. 

This exhibition is a two site exhibition running concurrently with Pallant House Gallery from 18 June – 11 September (a Sunday).

Gallery events are free of charge, but booking is recommended. To book email or telephone 01243 816098.