Welcome to our 2022-23 Annual Review
Since officially opening its doors to the public on Sunday 8 July 2012, our award-winning museum has established itself as a much-loved visitor attraction in the heart of Chichester's City centre. Over the last decade, we have achieved an incredible amount with and for our community across all strands of the museum and tourist information centre service. Our collection has been drawn upon for ambitious headline exhibitions like 'Tim Peake: An Extraordinary Journey', 'Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man' and 'The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity,' each of which have attracted tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, and our learning programme has developed in scope and impact.
We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 10th anniversary with our local community, particularly our 10th birthday party which saw the museum brought to life with characters spanning the breadth of our collection, from the Stone Age to the frontiers of space. This milestone has been a great opportunity to reflect on our achievements and to thank our visitors, without whom the last 10 years would not have been possible. It has also been an important moment to look ahead and ask visitors what they would like from their local museum over the coming years.
We are grateful to David Elliot, Senior Arts Manager at the British Council, who went above and beyond in his role to research and curate 'The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity,' an exhibition that he pitched to us back in 2018. He also managed to produce a spectacular book, which serves as a wonderful legacy for the exhibition. We are very grateful to the countless organisations and individuals who supported David with his research, the 32 generous lenders to the exhibition, to the speakers who enabled us to host such a fascinating series of 'In Conversation' talks, and to Arts Council England for their generous grant.
It was always our aspiration for 'The Art of Chichester' to inspire the next generation of creative practitioners from across the district. We wanted to create meaningful engagement with marginalised and vulnerable young people, giving them an opportunity to discover how the art and culture of their local area can have a place in their lives. 'Young Artists: A Creative Response to The Art of Chichester' did just that, showcasing artwork created by 120 young people during a series of free creative workshops run by Article 12 Arts with local practicing artists Jeannie Driver, Kate Thorpe and Kate Viner. We are very grateful to Article 12 Arts for their commitment to the project and to the young artists who created such beautiful work. A special thank you to the teams at THINK18, PACSO, The Sanctuary, Bourne Community College and WSCC Fostering for introducing us to so many exceptional young people.
We were delighted that David's research for 'The Art of Chichester' became the catalyst for 'Culture Spark 2022', an exciting season of events, performances, live entertainment and community projects held to mark a momentous year of cultural anniversaries across Chichester District, including: 60 years of Chichester Festival Theatre; 40 years of Pallant House Gallery; 30 years of Chichester International Film Festival; 10 years of The Novium Museum and the Festival of Chichester, and 200 years of the Chichester Canal Trust.
This year really has been jam-packed. Our annual review seeks to demonstrate our impact in the context of our 5 Key Objectives. We would like to thank everyone who has continued to support our service in 2022/23 including our funders and the thousands of visitors who have taken the time to visit and share their thoughts with us during our 10th anniversary year.