Made in lockdown – Chichester Cathedral

An arts festival celebrating the spirit of togetherness of people across West and East Sussex throughout the pandemic opened in Chichester Cathedral this week and will be launched online on 10 November.

It features the successful entries to the #SussexTogether Festival of the Arts – a joint initiative by Chichester Cathedral and Sussex Newspapers.

Made in lockdown – Chichester Cathedral launches the #SussexTogether festival of the arts online.

#SussexTogether invited people across the county to showcase their creative efforts to celebrate the spirit of togetherness which has been evident through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Made in Lockdown - Chichester Cathedral Art Show

The Festival opening was marked by a peal of bells following All Souls service last night and the Cathedral said the festival was an opportunity for both reflection, and a celebration of how the people of Sussex responded to the pandemic.

The Bishop of Chichester, The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner said:

“The arts offer ways for us to be together and ways to find things that unite us. Through the arts we can find areas where we can come together safely, to find common experience and to find things with a common language… to find things which sometimes words cannot express….

“The hope is that through art we might perhaps start to understand the experience that we have all been through, ” he added.

The Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Dan Inman, was instrumental in setting up the Festival along with Sussex Newspapers and he said:

“The Festival is a celebration of all that is good, and hopeful and beautiful, which speaks to us of how we have endured through a challenging year in 2020. We look forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy the works on display.”

The works are now on display for people to see when it is safe to do so and will be launched as a virtual Festival online via the Cathedral’s website on Tuesday 10 November.

To find out more information, including guidance on visiting the Cathedral, visit the Chichester Cathedral website by clicking here.