Category Archives: Exhibitions

Novium Museum – Deadline for submissions

Plans for our very special exhibition at the Novium, Chichester’s district museum are progressing really well.  A very varied exhibition is coming together featuring work from our archive – including lantern slides from the early days of the Club, which started in 1893 as the Chichester Photographic Society.

As well as a section of our contemporary work. a large part of the exhibition will be photographs drawn from across the Chichester district area that show activities, the people and the geography of this diverse area.  Club members have been submitting their images, many drawn from their back catalogues, such as Dave Abbott’s  late 1980’s image above, for this part of the exhibition and the deadline in now looming, Thursday 4th October.

We would like lots of images, and you can submit either prints, which should be unmounted and either A4 or A3, or you can upload through the normal Photocomp routed digital images.  Prints should have your name, the title, the location and the date of the photograph, and digital image titles should include the location and date too please.

The usual suspects are of course Goodwood, Chichester City, the Weald and Downland Museum, the Witterings and Selsey and West Dean, so we would particularly welcome images from outside that area, even slightly over the borders too. Unlike the Club’s 10 Miles of Chichester competition for the Annual Exhibition, these do not need to be immediately recognisable locations.

The exhibition will open to the public on 24th November and runs through until 10th March 2019.





Prints for St Wilfrid’s Hospice Display

I forgot to remind everyone in the Newsletter sent out yesterday about the request for new prints so we can change the display at St Wilfrid’s.  We have a long standing arrangement with St Wilfrid’s Hospice to provide about 30 prints, kindly provided by members that are hung in the Hospice corridors.  The display is changed around 3 times a year and is much appreciated by residents at a very difficult and often traumatic stage in their lives and of course staff and visitors.

The box for prints will be out on the next 3 Thursday Club evenings so please bring some prints along.  For new members, the prints have to be in mounted in the usual 50cm x 40 cm mounts and Hilary Featherstone then arranges to take them to St Wilfrid’s and puts them into the frames provided by the Hospice.

This year the ‘old’ display will then be transferred to the recently opened Sage Centre in Tangmere (for patients suffering from dementia) and then returned to members a few months later.

These intitiatives provide opportunities for members across the Club to display their work and, importantly, helps to promote the Club’s community profile.  Please do show your support by bringing in some of your work.

In addition we are also seeking prints for the Selection Committee to consider for external Club competitions and for the Novium display  about which separate posts have been written



Chichester Camera Club exhibition at the Novium Museum

This winter the Club will be exhibiting at the Novium Museum in Chichester and we are now looking for images from all members.  The exhibition is being developed in partnership with the museum and, as you can see from the image below, marks the 125th Anniversary of the Club, under the title, A Celebration of People and Places.

The exhibition will include some of our contemporary work, some drawn from our archives and include a strong community input.  There will also be a theme of how the Chichester district has inspired photography and it is your images from across the district that we are now inviting you to submit for consideration.

Chichester district is a very large geographic area, reaching from just east of Rowland’s Castle to Wisborough Green, and from Selsey on the coast up to Linchmere Common, just south of Haslemere.  

The Photocomp portal is now open for you to upload up to 10 images of the people and places you have photographed across the district.  Please upload at 1920 x  1080 dpi and in sRBG as normal..  From the first Thursday of the new season, there will also be a box for prints.  Unusually, these should be unmounted, and ideally A3 but can be A4. The work does not have to be recent, and unlike the 10 Miles of Chichester Cross section in the Annual Exhibition, there is no requirement for the image to be recognisably of the area, but should have a title, plus location and on prints the date of the photograph.  Just add a label to the back of your prints with your name, image title &  location and the date. The closing date is Thursday 4th October.

This is a really exciting and one-off opportunity so do please look out your suitable images and start uploading!

Lorna Brown

Annual Exhibition – change of name

Stephen Marsh asked at the last AGM if the Club would consider changing the title of the Annual Exhibition to the Summer Exhibition suggesting that the tile ‘Annual’ is inappropriate given that we run 3 ‘annual’ exhibitions at North Mundham in January and separately in the Spring as well as in August.  At a time when many Clubs struggle to mount one exhibition a year then we should celebrate the fact that we run 3 such popular events.  This was referred to the Management Committee who agreed entirely with Stephen’s point at a meeting last Tuesday so in future the August event will be known and marketed as the Summer Exhibition.

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We have a long standing arrangement with St Wilfrid’s Hospice to provide about 30 prints, kindly provided by members that are hung in the Hospice corridors.  The display is changed around 3 times a year and is much appreciated by residents and staff.  With members support we will be extending this arrangement to two other locations:

The Sage Centre, Tangmmere – this is a purpose built centre, with a catchment over the south of West Sussex helping those suffering with dementia.  The Centre opened last May, really warm and welcoming and we were approached by someone who had heard of our St Wilfrid’s arrangement asking if that could be replicated.  Hilary and I visited a few days ago and identified a number of treatment rooms where our pictures would be very suitable (in the process being dragged into a pom pom dancing class with residents, but fortunately with no video).  We hope that the St Wilfrid’s display will move on to the Sage Centre before the prints are retuned to members.  We will be asking for more of your prints when the season starts.

Fernhurst Centre at St Richard’s Hospital – this is the MacMillan Cancer unit at St Richards.  Jan Davis has been in discussion with staff about how best we can help to brighten up the unit and several members have kindly agreed to donate some of their images.

Both these initiatives help to raise the Club’s profile in the local community as well as helping vulnerable people at a difficult and often traumatic stage in their lives.  They provide further opportunities for members across the Club to display their work.  I do hope everyone will continue to give your support and provide some images when the boxes go out next week.

Annual Exhibition Important Updates

It’s just two weeks now until our Annual Exhibition opens, with the Pre Exhibition Meeting for Members on Thursday 2nd August (Tangmere Village Centre as usual at 7.30pm) and our Preview Evening on Friday 10th August for all Members, family, friends and our guests, and your help is needed urgently on a number of things.  Please see the reminders and requests that follow.

The Exhibition Week – Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th August (not Sunday): Most importantly, we need many, many more stewards over the week of the exhibition, as you can see from the rota here: –

Stewards Rota 2018 update

Please let Phil Shaw at know which slots you can take on.  Phil will also be looking to sign Members up at the Pre Exhibition meeting on Thursday 2nd August, so please bring your diaries so that we can fill the rota up completely.

Exhibition Set Up: Friday 10th August is set up day – John Howes will need volunteers the evening before and on the morning to get all the equipment down to the Assembly Room.  Full details form John at the Pre Exhibition meeting.  All Members who have work in the exhibition and can be there, should come along to help put up their own prints that morning from 9am.

Card Sales:  Members who make greetings cards are very welcome to bring these along for sales during the week of the exhibition.  You can leave them on the Friday or drop them in on Saturday.

Preview Evening: Sheila Tester is once again masterminding the excellent buffet we lay on.  Please provide finger food, such as cakes and savouries that can be cut into slices, or bite sized items, and ready plated will be very helpful.  Bring these along before 7pm to the Assembly Room.  The event itself is 7pm for 7.30pm and I’m pleased to say that Walter Benzie, past President of the RPS will be with us again this year, and the Mayor of Chichester, who is our Patron, Cllr Martin Bell is our guest of honour.

Take down – 5pm Saturday 18th August: At the close of the exhibition please come along to collect your prints (you will find some will be retained by the Selection Committee for next season’s external competitions) or arrange for someone else to collect your prints for you.  We will also need help in dismantling the exhibition, clearing up the hall and getting all the equipment back to storage.

Finally – a a massive thank you everyone who has been involved in the  extensive behind the scenes activity that is required to make our annual exhibition so successful each year and to those of you who have already signed up to help further!



Annual Exhibition News

It’s under six weeks now to the opening of the Annual Exhibition, so a few reminders about key dates.

Thursday 2nd August is the Club Members’ Pre Exhibition meeting, at 7.30pm at Tangmere as usual.  The Exhibition Catalogue will be available then (still only £1!), plus posters and flyers for general distribution.  

Stewarding,  volunteers for stewarding are still needed for various dates throughout the week – watch out for a post from Phil Shaw, the Exhibition Secretary, with slots still needing to be filled.

Friday 10th August is set up day, all Members should attend to set up their own exhibit.  There will be plenty of help on hand for those who haven’t done this before – from about 9am please and all done by midday.

That is also the Preview Evening to which all Members, family, friends and invited guests are very welcome. That’s a 7pm for 7.30 start.  After the awards there will be our traditional buffet (Sheila Tester will be looking for helpers) and a chance to see the exhibition before it opens to the public the following day.  This is a really enjoyable evening, so even if you didn’t submit anything for exhibiting this year, do come along

Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th August (closed Sunday) the Exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm each day, with coffee, tea and cake available.  The are over 200 images in print form and some 150 projected images on show.  members who wish to have their own greetings cards on sale can do so – with a 15% commission to the Club.  Please bring these along on the Friday.

Saturday 18th August is take down day at 5pm.  Again ALL Members should be on hand to take away their prints – although do please note that the Selection Committee will set some aside for consideration for external competitions next season.

AND ALSO!  Don’t forget the exhibition that follows this is at the Novium Museum where images inspired by the Chichester district will be featured.  Images from around the district – new and old – will be required, so watch out for information on submitting those.

Lorna Brown, Chair