Opening of the Culture Spark traveling photography exhibition at Petworth House : Chichester District Council

This exhibit is the first of four signature “Ignite” events on the Culture Spark calendar – a wonderful season of events, performances, live entertainment and community projects to celebrate a momentous year of arts and culture in the neighborhood.

Visitors to “We the People” will be able to see large-scale photographic portraits of local volunteers and scan the QR codes under each photo to hear their stories come to life in short audio and video clips.

Portraits will include volunteers from various organizations and charities including Chichester Festival Theatre, The Pest House Midhurst, Chichester Cathedral, UK Harvest, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Midhurst Green Volunteers, Petworth House National Trust, Chichester Harbor Conservancy, Petworth Festival, MADhurst, PASCO, Novium Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum and Denmans Garden.

The exhibition will be on display at Petworth House until June 6 before touring cultural venues in the area including the Old Midhurst Library, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theater and Novium Museum . The full list of dates and locations is available at

The Great Sussex Way website

Caroline Sharman-Mendoza, Creative Coordinator, says: “We are very happy to unveil this new exhibition. Culture Spark wouldn’t be possible without the incredible army of volunteers – the unsung heroes – across the district who support our local arts, culture and heritage organizations. This exhibition aims to give voice to these people and allows them to tell their own personal stories.

“We are extremely grateful to our partner Chichester College who photographed and produced these wonderful portraits and would like to name Andy Davies who led the project so brilliantly.

“We also look forward to the rest of our upcoming Ignite events under the Culture Spark program. These include the Carnival of Lights lantern parade in Chichester on June 10 and the Big Picnic events to be held in Midhurst and Chichester on July 10 and 16.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors Culture Spark, Stagecoach and Rathbones Group Plc for their support.”

Councilor Roy Briscoe, a member of Chichester District Council’s Community Services and Culture Cabinet, said: “I know that so many of our residents regularly give their time to support various local causes and play a central role in our communities. They deserve to be celebrated, and I hope this exhibition not only shines a light on them, but also inspires others to continue their important work.

“Our district is home to a number of internationally renowned cultural organizations, many of which are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. Culture Spark is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the rich and diverse range of cultural and heritage experiences in our region.

Celebrations will take place this year to recognize 60 years of Chichester Festival Theatre; 40 years of Pallant House Gallery; 30 years of Chichester Cinema at the New Park International Film Festival; 10 years of the Novium Museum and the Chichester Festival; and even more impressive, the 200 years of the Canal Trust! All organizations will be hosting their own exciting events as part of the season to mark this special year.

Culture Spark will also bring people together to showcase the work of the next generation of local creatives – thanks to initial investment in the project from Chichester District Council, Chichester Festival Theater and Pallant House Gallery.

The full program of Culture Spark events is also available at

The Great Sussex Way website

Release date: May 16, 2022

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Michael E. Marquez