Pallant House Gallery’s Simon Martin on collaboration with the cinema.
‘Chichester is by no means a sleepy cathedral city, but a place that engages with international concerns’.
Pallant House Gallery wishes the Chichester Cinema at New Park a very happy 40th anniversary.
The cinema is one of the reasons why Chichester has so much to offer culturally to its citizens and visitors, and the partnerships between the two institutions have enriched the understanding of the themes and ideas in both our programmes.
Notable ventures have included a season of avant-garde Mexican films to coincide with the exhibition Surreal Friends; Leonora Carrington, Remedios Faros and Kati Horner in 2010; powerful films and talks alongside the exhibition Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War in 2014 and a programme of dramas and talks, including an introduction by Dame Eileen Atkins, to accompany the exhibition of women artists marking the centenary of partial women’s suffrage in 2018: Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings.
Each of these collaborations have grappled with complex issues and demonstrated that Chichester is by no means a sleepy cathedral city, but a place that engages with international concerns – as reflected in the Cinema’s excellent International Film Festival.
Simon Martin, Director of Pallant House Gallery