Arts and entertainment

There are always things to do in and around Chichester, whether it be visiting some of the local tourist attractions or historical places of interest, dining out in one of Chichester's many restaurants, enjoying the local music scene, seeing a film at a nearby cinema, or visiting one of the local pubs, bars or cafes.

Public art

The term 'public art' means art commissioned for public spaces, either outdoors or in public buildings. Public art pieces can be in a variety of media and can include temporary work such as street art. It can be a very visible and tangible contribution to the environment, especially if it is inspired by a sense of place at both local community and wider district levels.

Public art is highly regarded and is an important aspect of Chichester Council's commitment to developing and promoting the built and historic environment and enhancing the district.

Commissioning of public art is most often undertaken in connection with new developments within the area. Commissioning usually results from a 'Section 106' agreement, whereby the council gives permission for development to take place on condition that certain community benefits are provided by the developer.  The provision of works or schemes of public art is one such benefit that may be agreed with a developer.

Public Art News

Public Art installation for the Roman Quarter unveiled

A new public artwork by artist blacksmith Michael Johnson has been unveiled at Chichester's Roman Quarter on the site of the former Shippam's factory.

Michael Johnson, was chosen following a selection process that drew interest from artists around the world. The work is inspired by Roman trade and Chichester's historic trade guilds and includes an olive branch and oyster shell in stainless steel and bronze on an artstone base inlaid with mosaic imagery. The artist held workshops with two local schools, Lancastrian Infants School and Central C of E Junior School, to develop ideas for the imagery on the base.

The public art commission was funded from a Section 106 developer contribution for public art, which was specifically for the commissioning of a new public artwork for the development. It is located outside the concierge's office in Shippam Street.